An Update on Health Information Technology

An Update on Health Information Technology

Juan A. Juanes (VisualMed System Research Group, University of Salamanca, Slamanca, Spain), Pablo Ruisoto (VisualMed System Research Group, University of Salamanca, Slamanca, Spain), Francisco J. Cabrero (VisualMed System Research Group, University of Salamanca, Slamanca, Spain) and Alberto Prats-Galino (VisualMed System Research Group and Laboratory of Surgical NeuroAnatomy (LSNA), Universitat de Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain)
Copyright: © 2014 |Pages: 12
DOI: 10.4018/jitr.2014040106


This study reviews the latest innovations in medical informatics based on digital and technological applications. In particular, we focus on the contributions developed by VisualMed System (Medical Visualization Systems) Group. Applications are presented in four categories: first, development of digital anatomical viewers; second, development of augmented reality applications; third, development of simulator applications; and finally, examples of developed applications for portable devices such as smartphones and tablets are also presented. Every applications share multiple interactivity features and rich visual medical content. Finally, implications for teaching and learning in health sciences are discussed. In particular, the key role of these applications in order to enhance autonomous learning and to visually support traditional teaching methods.
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For this study, the applications developed by the VisualMed System research group between 2000 and 2013, were assembled and revised, including peer review journal articles, contributions to national and international congresses and applications still under development.

In order to facilitate its presentation and reader analysis, the applications were classified in the following categories: first, anatomical and functional viewers; second; virtual simulation environments for training purposes; and third, augmented reality applications for portable devices.

We will attempt to present a brief description of each application illustrating the most relevant characteristics through iconographic representations. The aim is to reduce the text extension and facilitate its comprehension. For a more complete presentation we recommend consulting the references included in the corresponding section of the paper.

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