Step inside the Davis Global Center, and you’ll find yourself surrounded by technology; from towering video walls to massive touchscreens and 3D imagery.
The new advanced simulation facility on the University of Nebraska Medical Center campus seeks to give health care professionals a place to practice skills in a low-risk environment.
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The first floor provides particularly unique opportunities, with a focus on emerging technologies, including 3D, augmented and virtual reality and a holographic theater.
“We are literally only limited by our own imaginations on what we can do,” said Sharon Medcalf, an assistant professor in the College of Public Health.
Medcalf explained, they can train people for once in a lifetime events such as a mass casualty triage by using technology like the simulation cave.
“What I can do as a faculty member using the technology in this building is create that environment of an event, and then put that first responder in that immersive environment and test his or her critical thinking skills,” she said.
Medcalf also said staff are using the holographic theater to capture speakers and presentations and preserve them for future learners in lifelike form.
“We’re designing an activity that will be based around the hologram of an expert, that we have on campus today, that we may not have on campus that same person 5-10 years from now,” she said.
Getting the health care focused content to go with all this tech wasn’t so easy. The center hired its own team to create it, with employees coming from gaming, graphic design, web development and more.
“Twelve people. Each with different skill sets, not from medicine, who