BI&T September/October 2018

Computational modeling and simulation (CM&S) technologies are beginning to benefit healthcare in very tangible ways, according to the experts quoted in the September/October cover story. By giving health professionals and manufacturers the ability to see what works, CM&S holds tremendous value for educating clinical staff, designing technology that works for end users, and executing complex capital equipment planning and other strategies. No longer the stuff of speculative fiction and philosophy, virtual reality is being used by clinical engineers to master complex tasks, such as troubleshooting telemetry boards, without disruption to the physical environment. Meanwhile, device makers are recognizing the tremendous value of CM&S in allowing them to predict the performance of medical systems prior to design verification. Looking ahead, rather than being trained on costly patient simulators, clinicians may soon be sporting augmented reality (AR) “smartglasses” that will allow them to work with patients while overlayed holographic images and computer-generated signs and symptoms are displayed. And during training of HTM professionals, AR will provide an in-depth look into complex technologies and how they will respond to servicing by technicians. As CM&S technologies become increasingly mainstream, the ability for health professionals to see what works will improve exponentially.

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