Grant for Virtual Clinical Training

A Virtual Clinical Environment safely allows doctors and nurses to intubate a simulated COVID-19 patient and do other necessary procedures to greatly enhance training efforts.

A new $654,000 supplement grant will help engineers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, develop an AI agent called the Virtual Intelligent preceptor for COVID referred to as VIVID.

According to Suvranu De, Co-Director of the Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Imaging in Medicine at Rensselaer,VIVID will reduce the time it takes for the team to safely learn COVID-19 protocols in a socially distant manner and bolster training for frontline clinical teams.

Also, Suvranu De is working with Alhussein Abouzeid, Professor of Electrical, Computer, and Systems Engineering at Rensselaer, as well as teams from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Albany Medical Center, and the University of Central Arkansas to develop VORTeX, a simulation system.

VIVID will also build upon a recent $2.3 million grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) to help develop the Virtual Operating Room Team Experience (VORTeX) simulation system.

VORTeX and VIVID will save both time and money and will make it possible for groups to conduct surgical training asynchronously from different physical locations as opposed to requiring them to gather in person around a mannequin. Also, machine learning algorithms will be able to analyze data from the training procedures, and trainers will then be able to review videos of the training at their own convenience.

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