virtual hospital


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A term with a number of meanings, including
(1) An evolving format for providing health care in a central location (’hub’) that relies on components of telemedicine and high-tech communications devices to connect it to a regional hospital, where a greater range of expertise is available
A variation on this theme would be a ‘Sims Hospital’, modelled after the Sims video games, in which a medical student interacts with virtual patients, including mannequins and various points in a simulated medical centre

(2) A repository of online information which answers patient questions—at the patient’s level of sophistication—about diagnostic and therapeutic procedures that take place in the hospital
(3) A medical centre that has optimised the bidirectional and/or interactive flow of data from the patient to the various points at which he will interface with the centre’s health care providers and its physical plant during his stay
Heavy reliance on information technologies appears to reduce length of stay, medical errors and improve outcomes

virtual hospital

21st century medicine An evolving format for providing health care in a central location that relies on the components of telemedicine and high-tech communications devices to connect it to a regional hospital, where a greater range of expertise is available. See Telemedicine.
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The students] are immersed in the virtual hospital and we wanted to have different triggers to make them realize how things work in a real hospital.
Virtual hospital wards have been operating at MidCentral for the last three years and were an initiative promoted by emergency department and district health nurses.
Information for School Personnel Regarding Treatment of Asthma" is a peer-reviewed paper on the Children's Virtual Hospital Web site.
A US site is providing a 21st-century means of introducing a new baby to friends and family - a virtual hospital visit.
The University of Iowa's Virtual Hospital exhibits the potential of telemedicine.
Perhaps one of the strongest hooks that helped secure the NLM grant was the Virtual Hospital project, already in place at UIHC.
The software will be implemented in South Tees' Acute-Care, Virtual Hospital, Rehabilitation and Continuing Care facilities.
Projects include the development of new technologies to treat severe asthma, a virtual hospital providing greater accessibility to treatment and support for patients with chronic disease, a new treatment for ovarian cancer and a cure for weight loss in patients with cancer.
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The results: Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council won Best Procurement Policy for their West Midlands Virtual Hospital V project with a 'Highly Com mended' awarded to Walsall Council.
Digital technology, DNA and forensics are also highlighted and event-goers will get the chance to visit the university's remarkable virtual hospital ward, complete with robot 'patients'.
We also have a clinical skills lab on campus, a sort of virtual hospital, where students practice before going into a real hospital and working with real patients under supervision.