A virtual patient is an interactive computer simulation of a real clinical situation or a case that is designed for medical education
What are virtual patients
Virtual patients represent a kind of serious games with interactive form of education, which perfectly complements traditional forms of learning. This gamification of learning facilitates development of specific skills such as clinical reasoning, decision making and critical thinking.
Adoption and integration of these computer simulations into the learning process has been found highly beneficial by learners and educators alike.
Virtual patient for continuous professional development
Instant feedback on correct and incorrect decisions
Anonymized real-world cases
Imaging and laboratory data
References to evidence-based resources
The RCC-VP.com project presents a series of case studies of virtual patients with renal cell carcinoma. Although the target group involves oncologists and urologists, this international educational platform is an interesting resource for specialists in other medical disciplines as well as a part of the lifelong learning process
LAURIE is an international educational project presenting a set of virtual patients suffering from schizophrenia. The individual case studies are inspired by real patient cases on the one hand and imaginary interactive stories on the other hand. The project involved experts from 6 countries (Czech Republic, Spain, Italy, Russia, Bulgaria, Slovakia), who created a total of 11 unique case studies. Individual case studies were translated into 7 languages (English, Czech, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Slovak, and Bulgarian) for better accessibility to the experts.
VINCI PROJECT presents a series of case studies of virtual patients from the fields of cardiology and diabetology. The educational platform was created for the purpose of lifelong education of healthcare workers, especially in the fields of internal medicine, cardiology, diabetology, nephrology and neurology.
The HCC-VP.COM project is aimed at scenario-based learning with all cases associated with hepatocellular carcinoma. The international interactive educational content was created for the purpose of the lifelong learning of physicians, above all in the fields of oncology and hepatogastroenterology, and aims to develop competencies in clinical reasoning, decision-making, and critical thinking
Educational portal of acute medicine
The long-term joint activity of teachers, students and IT specialists of the Faculty of Medicine of Masaryk University has resulted into this educational portal with an extensive database of interactive algorithms describing management of acute patients. All virtual cases are peer-reviewed, presented in two language versions, and may be used for independent self-study or in contact teaching
Widening Access to Virtual Educational Scenarios
The EC-funded WAVES knowledge-alliance (2016-2018) took scenario-based learning ‘out-of-the-box’, to make it more accessible for a wide range of professions. The project simplified access to virtual scenarios and virtual patients (VP) by integration of VP delivery systems with common learning management systems. The project also created a very popular MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) which generated so much interest, that it has been taken by more than 4000 educators.
Institute of Biostatistics and Analyses Ltd (IBA) is a spin-off company of the Masaryk University founded with the goal of transfering research and development results from academia into application in society.
With the previous academic background, IBA has been an essential partner for clinical researches – local and international – including medical expert societies, pharmaceutical and biotechnological companies and academic teams – for more than 15 years. The company focuses mainly on data management and analysis in clinical research projects, real-world evidence projects, organization and management of clinical trials – particularly non-interventional clinical studies and health registries. This main activity is complemented with other services such as market access support, cost-effectiveness analysis, pharmacovigilance and development of software platform for virtual patients.
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- To provide reliable data management services in the healthcare and life sciences industry.
- To perform instructional data analysis for enhanced decisions.
- To innovate IT solutions for intuitive and secure user experience.
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