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eViP: Electronic Virtual Patient

eViP aims to create a bank of 320 repurposed and enriched virtual patients. These virtual patients will be available under a Creative Commons Licence

Medicine and healthcare face the problem that opportunities for student-patient contact, which is at the heart of clinical competency, is declining in most member states. Training is hampered by two important factors: the healthcare budget constraints that increasingly limit clinical teaching, and the reduction in the time that patients stay in hospital.
Electronic virtual patients (VPs) are now recognised by the medical education community as very effective tools for developing clinical reasoning. However, VPs are time-consuming and expensive to produce, and even leading e-learning institutions cannot produce a sufficient number to give full coverage of the medical or healthcare curricula.
In 2005, several of the major European e-learning centres in medicine and healthcare formed a working group for the development of a pan-European collection of VPs. Together with MedBiquitous the leading developer of healthcare standards, this group began to define a standard for the interoperable use of virtual patients across Europe.
This ongoing activity has now provided a unique opportunity. The large collection of electronic virtual patents which already exists between the partners will be pooled, adapted to a common technical standard, and 320 repurposed for multicultural, multilingual access. Non-partner institutions will be able to repurpose these VPs for their own local and educational needs. The shared bank of VP resources will cover the entire range of specialisms required to support clinical training.
These shared resources can be used to maximise VP uptake by educators in both partner and non-partner countries to underpin and extend current teaching and learning, minimise inefficient practice, reduce costs, and improve the consistency and quality of clinical care and wellbeing of patients throughout the EU.

Contact information

BALASUBRAMANIAM Chara
Cranmer Terrace
SW17 0RE London
UK
Tel. +44 208 725 5813
Fax. +44 20 8725 0806

Participants

Coordinator: SAINT GEORGE'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL SCHOOL, UNITED KINGDOM

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
SAINT GEORGE'S HOSPITAL MEDICAL SCHOOL UNITED KINGDOM
UNIVERSITAETSKLINIKUM HEIDELBERG GERMANY
Private Universitaet Witten/Herdecke gGmbH GERMANY
LUDWIG-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN GERMANY
UNIWERSYTET JAGIELLONSKI POLAND
UNIVERSITATEA DE MEDICINA SI FARMACIE IULIU HATIEGANU CLUJ-NAPOCA ROMANIA
KAROLINSKA INSTITUTET SWEDEN
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT THE NETHERLANDS
THE UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 19/02/2010

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