Health informatics students must develop workflow modeling skills in order to create efficient health information systems.
Jörn Heid from University Hospital Heidelberg, Germany, outlined how the standardization of the MVP allows the development of additional standards.
One of the key issues regarding virtual patients is the time and effort involved in the repurposing process.
For medical students developing empathy is important, particularly in cross-cultural environments such as the Northern Territory in Australia. Perhaps in this context, Web 2.0 technologies in education really can come into their own.
The Virtual Patient Pool (VPP) is “a teacher friendly method of authoring virtual patient cases,” explained Romanov.
Dr Bas de Leng from Maastricht University, The Netherlands, outlined his approach of combining virtual patients with ‘diagnostic time out’ to promote reflective practice in clinical reasoning.
Dr Jeroen Donkers, from the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands described his research looking at using artificial intelligence and probability to generate virtual patients.
“Dungeons & Dragons taught me how to make better virtual patients” says Janet Tworek from the University of Calgary, Canada. Statements like this are bound to catch our attention!
One of the key features of Web 2.0 is the ability to collaborate on the creation of online content. Google Docs is a great example of free web-based software that provides text documents, spreadsheets and data storage, where access can be shared.
Dr Daphne Vassiliou, from Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden described how she and colleagues introduced virtual patients into their curriculum, and the challenges of maintaining those VPs