To promote IBM‘s vision of the future of healthcare information management, the company setup a virtual island within Second Life to demonstrate potential possibilities. As more ideas in healthcare IT are developed, IBM plans to continue working on their virtual property, integrating new components into the island.
From the press release:
The IBM Virtual Healthcare Island is designed with a futuristic atmosphere and provides visitors with an interactive demonstration of IBM’s open-standards-based Health Information Exchange (HIE) architecture. Working with project leads in the U.S., the island was designed and built by an all-IBM-India team.
Starting from the patient’s home, avatars create their own Personal Health Records (PHRs) in a secure and private environment and watch as it is incorporated into an array of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that can be used at various medical facilities. As they move from one island station to the next, they experience how the development of a totally integrated and interoperable longitudinal Electronic Health Record (EHR) is used within a highly secured network that allows access only by patient-authorized health systems and family members.
Press release: IBM Opens New 3D Virtual Healthcare Island on Second Life…