The MultiMED project is designed around the concept of providing remote access to the high fidelity medical simulation services at the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre (BMSC).
In addition to providing indirect and direct access to the simulator itself, MultiMED adds several layers of context-sensitive information, database and news resources which combine to provide a high quality education and training product suite.
Initially, the principal service components will include customised access to on-line reference systems such as MEDLINE and pharmaceutical databases, interactive training courses based around advanced simulation and virtual reality technology and live broadcasts of simulator-based teaching sessions. Simulation allows students to work through realistic medical scenarios without the need for live patients.
Through a single PC based workstation MultiMED will extend the reach of the BMSC. Remote users will work interactively with the Human Patient Simulator (HPS) at Bristol whilst following guided procedures on screen. Context-sensitive hotlinks to up-to-date reference databases provide immediate access to supporting information. The development phase will focus on anaesthesia, with other disciplines being added to the fully operational service.
The Human Patient Simulator at the Bristol Medical Simulation Centre
The principal challenges which the project addresses are:
MultiMED will provide cost-effective high quality training to a range of users in the healthcare and associated industries. The technical solutions developed to implement the initial service offering will provide the basis for further development of new services and support for other medical disciplines.
MultiMED is designed around 4 Service Levels, which combine to deliver a range of products. The 4 levels are:
The system infrastructure is based around the Hughes Olivetti Telecom DirecPC service, uplinked from Griesheim in Germany. The MultiMED infrastructure includes the following principal components:
Uplink Server: This is a Sun workstation hosted at Griesheim and running http, streaming media and database servers. It supports the facilities provided under Service Level 4 and Service Level 3, and also provides all system adminstration, control and monitoring services.
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During the development phase, MultiMED will be offered to a team of 10 pilot users, representing teaching hospitals, research centres and paramedic training facilities. The planned rollout of service to pilot users is:
MultiMED will evolve into a commercial service following the initial ARTES supported development.
Further live sessions were broadcast during the month. The Defence College of Medicine and the first overseas site came on line and observed two sessions. Work continues on bringing further sites on line in the next few weeks.
Multimed was presented at a major conference in the month with a further conference to be attended in June.