virtual hospital


Also found in: Acronyms.
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
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

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.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
Organised by the Redcar and Cleveland Older People''s Partnership, it will include presentations on researching family history on the internet, safety technology in the home, virtual hospital visiting rooms and computers for beginners.
The goal of Imperial College London's virtual hospital is to provide students with a unique learning experience that allows them to role-play with virtual patients, to develop diagnostic and treatment activities.
As well as a virtual hospital ward, clinical simulation labs, a broadcasting suite and gaming laboratory, facilities on the university's city-centre campus include the multi-award-winning Saltire Centre.
Also, there is $71,300 to expand Mount Wachusett Community College's simulated instructional mannequin system within the community college system, increasing the use of the virtual hospital system as a training tool.
The program boasts the latest in healthcare technology in the form of a virtual hospital that allows more than 350 students a year to practice their skills on life-like mannequins that mimic human physiological life signs.
Along with a narrative on the development of a virtual hospital in the Balkans, topics include the art of integrating telemedicine and e-health, what to do and what not to do when establishing telemedicine and e-health facilities, last challenges and barriers, creating telehealth networks from existing infrastructures, satellite technology, changing to a paperless hospital, telemedicine in extreme conditions such as disasters and war, technologies for complex and critical care, intensive care telemedicine, and clinical application s(including neurosciences, primary health care.
Virtual Hospital: Radiology Resident Case of the Week Available from: URL: http://www.janela1.com/vh/docs/v0001133.htm.
One offshoot that Puterbaugh is working on is a virtual hospital for nursing students, where students can "hear" cardiac arrhythmia firsthand while standing at a patient's bedside by clicking on the virtual heart monitor.
MidCentral's HITH service has created "virtual hospital wards" that deliver specialist medical and nursing care for seriously ill patients--especially those at high risk of infection--in the privacy and comfort of their own homes.
"Information for School Personnel Regarding Treatment of Asthma" is a peer-reviewed paper on the Children's Virtual Hospital Web site.
The medical school there has developed the virtual hospital website (http://www.vh.org/Providers/CME/CLIA/CLIAHP.html) that has an extensive Physicians Office Laboratory (POL) course covering both technical and administrative aspects of operating a POL.
A US site is providing a 21st-century means of introducing a new baby to friends and family - a virtual hospital visit.