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The University of Toronto's medical teaching hospital, the University Health Network, is using VBrick's EtherneTV to empower its students to digitally record and critique their simulated patient exams, and seamlessly incorporate DVD-quality video into the classroom. University Health Network's Paul B. Helliwell Centre for Medical Education is expanding traditional classroom and standardized (simulated) patient exams by enabling its students to record, replay, and critique these exams at their convenience. New digital video capabilities provide additional methods of teaching students important patient care nuances that are often difficult to replicate from medical texts and patient observations.
“The Helliwell Centre's new, robust video capabilities provide an added dimension to traditional classroom and training sessions,” said Dr. John Bradley, director of the Wightman-Berris Academy at the University Health Network and Mount Sinai Hospital. “Students' new visibility into how they conduct exams provides an important tool to address patient care best practices and pinpoint areas for student improvement.”
University Health Network didn't want to manage the cumbersome VHS tape cataloging process or dedicate time to retrieve and deliver requested tapes to students or professors. As part of the Helliwell Centre's renovation process last year, University Health Network officials selected EtherneTV, which allows authorized users to record and access stored video from any of the Helliwell Centre's 18 computers.
“It was critical that we deploy a digital video solution that is easy to use and enables students and faculty to focus on education, not the underlying technology,” said Bohdan Sadovy, manager, audio-visual services at the University Health Network. “EtherneTV makes video intuitive, similar to getting on an elevator and pushing the button for your floor.”
VBrick certified reseller Videoconference Solutions oversaw the design, configuration, and deployment of EtherneTV into the Helliwell Centre network. Videoconference Solutions and VBrick collaborated with University Health Network officials to deliver a digital video solution that supports education initiatives today while providing the scalability to fulfill future teaching and operational requirements. Importantly, the VBrick-based digital video solution addresses the University Health Network's budget requirements.
Modeled to duplicate medical examination rooms, the Helliwell Centre's eight clinical skills centers feature touch screen monitors that operate two live cameras that record students' textbook knowledge in a skills-based setting. Students position the cameras prior to standardized patient examinations. VBrick MPEG-2 encoder appliances record the examinations and save the digital video files to the EtherneTV Media Control Server, a central library of digital content that is available on demand to authorized users.
Students determine when and if their examinations are recorded. EtherneTV provides students with the flexibility to replay digitally videotaped examinations with or without archiving the content. In some cases, students archive select standardized patient examinations to show professors or present at class. Importantly, students in the exam rooms have full video authorization, ensuring that sessions are not recorded without user approval.