Virtual Reality and Architecture

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We are excited to announce E4H Healthcare Architect Mike Bennett, AIA, EDAC will be speaking at the 2016 New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society Fall Conference in Whitefield, NH!  He has teamed up with Ailyn Mendoza, Director of Architecture at Iris VR for a presentation titled, “Virtual Reality and the Design of Healthcare Environments.”

Bennett has used Virtual Reality (VR) during project delivery and is excited about its many applications in design and construction. He has found it has tremendous impact on client communications – clients no longer have to decipher complex plans or ‘try to imagine’ a space because they can actually visualize the 3D environment through VR.

The NEHES session seeks to provide a solid foundation for understanding of VR and will explore the various ways healthcare professionals and design teams can use VR during project delivery. The session will also connect attendees with real-world examples of the many applications of VR as demonstrated through a series of case studies.

Here is a quick video demonstrating the neat ways IrisVR is bringing virtual reality into architecture.

Imaging Technology

In Bore_Press 2Technology is getting smarter. It is helping professionals all over the world do their job faster and better – and doctors are no exception. From new equipment to cloud-based medical records to telemedicine, technology is changing the way physicians provide care.

Israeli based start up Zebra Medical Vision is seeking to revolutionize the way radiologists work. Zebra is developing imaging analytics software to read and diagnose medical imaging data. Pulling from hundreds of thousands of cases, the software platform uses big data to construct predictive algorithms which may be used to inform clinical decision making. Current algorithms exist in the fields of bone health, cardiovascular analysis, and liver and lung indications. These algorithms have been applied in the clinical field to provide health and risk management insights to patients and providers.

Zebra, founded in 2014, recently announced an additional financing round of $12 million led by Salt Lake City based InterMountain Healthcare. InterMountain is a not-for-profit health system thought to be one of the top performing integrated care providers in the United States.

E4H is excited about the Zebra’s imaging analytics technology and its potential for clinical adaptation through collaboration with InterMountain Healthcare’s service providers. Technology is changing the way healthcare is provided and, consequently, the way healthcare spaces must be designed. Our appreciation for cutting edge imaging research and technology was fostered during the design of a state-of-the-art MRI suite at Beverly Hospital in Danvers, Massachusetts.


Bringing Policy into Medical Education


George Washington University Medical School is taking full advantage of its neighbors. Less than a mile from the highest offices in the United States government, George Washington University Medical School has begun to integrate public health policy into the curriculum through hands on practice. Recent projects include pitching ideas for managing asthma to city health officials and making suggestions for AIDS and HIV policy to the national AIDS czar at the white house.

The following article from NPR introduces how medical students are shaping the way policy makers look at health – and learning a lot about public policy issues along the way. Read the whole article on NPR: This Med School Teaches Health Policy Along with the Pills

E4H is excited by the idea of being a holistic partner in the pursuit of public health. We are encouraged by the innovations and ideas coming out of medical school campuses across the country. #Changemakers