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
Virtual patients with leukemia
The LEUKEMIK.CZ project presents a series of virtual patients - interactive computer simulations - which allow to go through diagnostic-therapeutic procedures in chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia with a positive Philadelphia chromosome.
Renal cell carcinoma and virtual patients
The CA-LEDVINY.CZ project is aimed at scenario-based learning with all cases associated with kidney cancer. Although the target group involves oncologists and urologists, this educational platform has the potential to become an interesting resource for specialists in other medical disciplines as well.
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.
Clinical ReasOning skills Enhancements with the use of SimUlations and algorithmS
The EU-funded CROESUS project (2014-2015) brought know-how on the use of virtual patients in undergraduate medical education to the region of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, and introduced these activities to the MEFANET educational network. The project integrated virtual patients with the pedagogy of problem-based learning (PBL), and shifted traditional methods of medical education - especially its clinical component - from classrooms and lecture halls to active learning and creative 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
Severe sepsis and septic shock
The EPOSS and Sepsis-Q projects (2011-2015) focused on monitoring the quality of intensive care in the field of sepsis management, especially in severe sepsis and septic shock. Seven educational clinical scenarios – inspired by real-world cases – with some features of virtual patients and serious games were created during these projects.
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.
- To build a strong reputation among scientists and healthcare professionals.
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