Multiple Format Instructional Display Matrix Including Real Time Input


Reference #: 01301

The University of South Carolina is offering licensing opportunities for the Reality Instructional Medical System (RIMS), a multi-format instructional display matrix including real time input.



Teaching and learning complex content and concepts, such as those in medical education, present significant challenges for instructors and learners.


Invention Description:

This invention combines various forms of visual and auditory input in a systematic way that allows the instructor to present real-time clinical data and/or recorded content to dramatically enhance the learning experience in laboratory and classroom settings.

The Reality Instructional Medical System (RIMS) is a multi-format display solution (or matrix) which incorporates HDMI, web content, and software into a single display solution. The system includes an education suite for recording and playback, as well as an Audio Analysis system. Multiple external inputs can be synchronized on a single multi-sector screen with independent control of each sector as needed.


Potential Applications:

This system receives live clinical input from patients or live models. Input data can include, but is not limited to, ultrasound images and videos (ECHO), electrocardiogram (ECG), and heart sounds from an electronic stethoscope. The input would be displayed on a single screen divided into multiple sectors for simultaneous viewing. These individual sectors can be independently controlled by the instructor and can be synchronized if necessary, such as watching a beating heart on ultrasound while listening to the corresponding sounds. Additional information including diagrams, graphs, and videos can be included in one or more sectors to further explain the anatomy, physiology, or the disease process of the patient. This form of instruction is not presently available with live subjects, and will greatly enhance the learning experience of medicine and other multi-faceted subject matters when compared to presently used methods, including simulation manikins. The system can also be used with recorded materials, and not require live patient input.


Advantages and Benefits:

There are numerous simulation systems that use manikins for teaching purposes, but none of these use real-time patient input nor do they have the display capabilities of the RIMS.

This invention would give a distinct advantage to medical education companies that compete with manikin simulation companies. There is simply no manikin simulator experience that can match interacting with a live patient/model and analyzing clinical data in real-time. In a profession like medicine in which interacting with another individual is critical to the quality of service provided, being able to learn and practice with real patients or live models will likely become state-of-the-art training in the health professions. In addition, the RIMS will give established manikin simulation companies an advantage if they offer it as a complement to the traditional manikin simulation experience


Patent Information:
For Information, Contact:
Technology Commercialization
University of South Carolina
Richard Hoppmann
Robert (Toufic) Haddad
Sean David Lee
Christopher Lee
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