Forterra: Medical Simulations and Hospital Training

I’ve written dozens of posts about the medical educational opportunities of Second Life, the virtual world. But we have to make it clear: even if we have great buildings in Second Life, Linden Lab might sell the whole virtual world anytime. Many of the residents think they have no guarantee for their facilities. Second, we focus on case studies and brainstorming during our medical exercices and not on practical examinations due to the basic features of Second Life.

Forterra is trying to solve this problem from a different aspect:

Forterra’s On-Line Interactive Virtual Environment (OLIVE™) is a software platform that enables customers, partners, and developers to build persistent virtual worlds where users can collaborate over networks to communicate, train, rehearse, analyze, experiment, socialize, and entertain. For the first time in our industry, external parties can create and control their own virtual worlds through the OLIVE Software Development Kit (SDK).

The Medical Content Pack includes 163 3D products and 10 scenes that will supplement the base 3D products and scenes included in any license of OLIVE. The combination of 3D assets from the Medical and Base Content Packs include a hospital with a patient waiting room, emergency rooms, operating rooms, treatment rooms, bathrooms, with associated medical equipment to make use of these rooms realistic. The equipment includes items like gurneys, IV drips, bed monitors, hospital beds, oxygen carts, and clipboards. Medical vehicles include ambulances, police cars, and fire engines.

What do they provide?

  • Medical Skills Training
  • Emergency Response
  • Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Public Safety Training
  • Medical Procedures Training

Here is an example of hospital training with the Forterra system:

Second Life is for free but we have to deal with limited possibilities while Forterra is, of course, not for free, but totally secure.