Feb 26

Cisco Helps Palomar Pomerado Health Open ‘Hospital of the Future’

Category: Building, Press release by Stone Culdesac

Interesting Press Release from Cisco, I’ll definitely be checking this place out.

PPH and Cisco Offer First Glimpse of Advanced Building Design and Connected Hospital Technologies in Online Virtual World

ORLANDO, Fla. - HIMSS CONFERENCE - Feb. 25, 2008 - Cisco and Palomar Pomerado Health today cut the ribbon on a new hospital in the online virtual world “Second Life.” The virtual hospital, a simulation of a real-world hospital campus due to open in 2011, gives visitors the opportunity to tour the hospital years before its doors actually open

The virtual hospital showcases the rich assortment of design and technology innovations planned for the real-world Palomar West Medical Campus in San Diego, Calif., and to gather feedback that will be used to enhance the way that care is delivered. The immersive quality of “Second Life” allows visitors to experience the progressive nature-embracing design of the hospital firsthand. Visitors will also be able to experience Connected Hospital technologies that will be delivered in the real hospital by Cisco.

Click Here to Take a Video Tour of Palomar West in Second Life
If you have not visited Second Life before, click here to sign up and click here to start your visit to Palomar West.

Highlights of the virtual Palomar West include:

  • Cisco TelePresence. Visitors are welcomed to Palomar West in “Second Life” by a virtual receptionist appearing via Cisco TelePresence, a new technology that uses high-definition video and spatial audio to create unique “in person” experiences via the network.

  • Advanced Robotics. The simulation shows Palomar West’s operating rooms, which include advanced robotics and functional imaging systems capable of supporting medical procedures spanning interventional radiology, cardiovascular surgery, urology and gastroenterology. An advanced surgical cockpit, from where a surgeon can manipulate robotic systems remotely while viewing vital signs and functional imaging information in real time, is also featured.
  • Communication and Collaboration. The simulation shows how the Cisco Unified Communications system facilitates smooth patient and clinician communication. For example, a radiologist can locate specialists, contact them on their phones, laptops or PDAs, and initiate a desktop collaboration session to review and consult on patient scan images thanks to the network that links picture archiving systems with communications tools.
  • 3D Holographic Medical Imaging. Palomar West will feature mobile, remote-controlled, 3D holographic whole-body multimodality medical imaging systems that can be directed into any patient room.
  • Connected Real Estate. In the real Palomar West, all building, communication, IT, and clinical systems will be converged onto a single Cisco Medical-Grade Network. The simulation shows how nearly all aspects of a patient’s stay (including ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security, fire and life safety, digital devices, and signage) will be monitored and managed via applications running on a single network, freeing up clinicians to focus on providing the very best care.
  • Visibility and Tracking Solutions. Visitors are guided through Palomar West by radio frequency-enabled sensors that enhance security and safety through patient tracking, and that protect hospital property by tracking equipment in real time.

Construction of the real-world $811 million Palomar Medical Center West campus is due to be completed in 2011. The new facility is designed to positively transform the traditional healthcare experience that is normally associated with staying or working in a hospital.

In addition to embracing the latest connected health technologies, Palomar West has been physically designed to provide a high-performance healing environment through a constant connection with nature. Outdoor features of the campus showcased in the “Second Life” simulation include garden spaces, areas for dining, meeting or relaxing; a pedestrian path and garden connecting all buildings; a green roof bringing gardens up onto the building, with views from patient rooms; and garden terraces on the nursing floor.

Palomar West in “Second Life” also provides visitors with a view of the design of individual patient rooms on the new Palomar West campus. Features of these rooms will include:

  • Same-handed, acuity-adaptable rooms and cross-discipline interventional procedure/operating rooms. Acuity-adaptable rooms can be transformed, even if a patient’s condition changes, without having to move patients from unit to unit. Any necessary equipment can be brought into the room on an as-needed basis, further reducing the need for patient transport.

  • Each patient room is designed with a nursing station immediately outside the room, so the intensity of service can be adjusted as needed.
  • Every room in Palomar West is single occupancy and identical in layout and design. This maximizes efficiency and minimizes medical errors.

About Palomar Pomerado Health
Palomar Pomerado Health, California’s largest public health district, is North County’s most comprehensive health care delivery system, recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac care, women’s services, bariatric surgery, cancer, orthopedics, trauma, rehabilitation and behavioral health services. Facilities include Palomar Medical Center, Pomerado Hospital, Villa Pomerado, Palomar Continuing Care Center, Escondido Surgery Center, Palomar Pomerado Behavioral Health Services and Palomar Pomerado Home Care.

About Cisco
Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.cisco.com. For ongoing news, go to http://newsroom.cisco.com. For information about Cisco Connected Health technologies, visit www.cisco.com/go/healthcare

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1 Comment so far

  1. Mozy Pera March 3rd, 2008 5:17 am

    Since I worked at one of the biggest hospital supply companies in the world for several years, I just had to drop into this new PPH sim to have a look for myself. I knew this was comming! What an impressive place indeed! I was the only person on the sim for a while and a new person soon arrived. He appeared lost and I noticed his avatar name included PPH so I asked him if he was part of the PPH sim. He said he was the PPH Hospital Spokesperson in the real world. I saw him struggling and he did appear to be brand new so I tried to offer him some noobie guidance. It was obvious to me that he did not enjoy his first log in experience and he had a hard time with simply putting on the virtual bracelet that is given to each new visitor for the sim tour. We thought a shopping trip might ease his frustrations and we went to tp to a store to change him out of the default avatar when we both crashed. I sent him an IM to tell him not to give up. It was sent to his email and he wrote me to say ” I may try it again one day but it was so frustrating”. Wow. This is getting all to common. Second Life is not new user friendly and something has to be done or there will be a world of empty sims no matter how impressive they look.

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