A application created by Pearson PLC allows individuals in medical training to simulate dilemmas in patient care with a hologram. This tool, titled HoloPatient, is compatibile with Microsoft’s HoloLens headset. Using the device, students will see a life-size, three-dimensional hologram of a patient that can currently mimic 10 patient care crises.
The tool provides those in training with a realistic simulation of potentially life-threatening events, without putting anyone in danger. A similar concept has been applied with computerized mannequins that have realistic human traits, however at up to $60,000 a mannequin, with each requiring maintenance and storage, this method is not optimum. Though the HoloPatient holograms cannot respond to questions or be touched, this system is still a cost-efficient alternative to use of mannequins.
“We’re helping in terms of cost, scalability, repeatability, access to the experience,” says Mark Christian, global director of immersive learning at Pearson.
Scenarios that HoloPatient can simulate include an anaphylactic shock episode, an elderly patient taking a balance test, and a chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder disease patient. Microsoft filmed the scenes using 106 cameras around a green screen dome and a professional patient actor. Schools tested the software last year and plan to implement it into classes this fall. Pearson has been selling the product for $50,000 to schools, which includes the HoloLens headsets and full access to the software.