The University of Washington (UW) is experimenting with using an X-Box 360 to teach rural students surgical techniques. Wireless audio and video components expand the X-Box capabilities and connect the distant students to the main campus. The idea is to demonstrate a procedure or technique and then observe the student practicing the technique.
Brian Ross, professor at UW’s Institute for Surgical and Interventional Simulation hopes that the success of the experiment, defined as showing that learning can be accomplished this way, will positively impact health care outcomes. If successful, the X-Box 360 offers this learning technology at a tenth of the cost of current devices and requires much less infrastructure such as broadband connections and servers.
Hat tip to iHealthBeat Blog.