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Happening NOW- Hospital of the Future!

- February 25, 2008 - 8 Comments

palomarwest.pngFor those of you who missed the preliminary announcement from our developer partner Millions of Us on Friday, we are excited to announce the launch of the ‘Hospital of the Future’ in Second Life. Working with Palomar West Hospital, the largest health system provider in Southern California, we have created a healthcare campus to showcase the foresight of PalomarWest and the Cisco Connected Health vision.The official ribbon cutting ceremony is at 0800 PST today at the PalomarWest Hospital Island! In the event you haven’t already registered for Second Life, we’ve streamlined the process for you by following this linkThe formal press release follows the page break. Be sure to come by and check out the future of healthcare!

Cisco Helps Palomar Pomerado Health Open ‘Hospital of the Future’ Three Years Ahead of Schedule … in Second LifePPH and Cisco Offer First Glimpse of Advanced Building Design and Connected Hospital Technologies in Online Virtual WorldORLANDO, Fla. -HIMSS CONFERENCE – Feb. 25, 2008 -Cisco ® and Palomar Pomerado Health (PPH) today cut the ribbon on a new hospital in the online virtual world Second Life. The virtual hospital, a simulation of a real-world hospital campus due to open in 2011, gives visitors the opportunity to tour the hospital years before its doors actually openThe virtual hospital showcases the rich assortment of design and technology innovations planned for the real-world Palomar West Medical Campus in San Diego, Calif., and to gather feedback that will be used to enhance the way that care is delivered. The immersive quality of Second Life allows visitors to experience the progressive nature-embracing design of the hospital firsthand. Visitors will also be able to experience Connected Hospital technologies that will be delivered in the real hospital by Cisco. Highlights of the virtual Palomar West include: – Cisco TelePresence. Visitors are welcomed to Palomar West in”Second Life” by a virtual receptionist appearing via Cisco TelePresence, a new technology that uses high-definition video and spatial audio to create unique “in person” experiences via the network. – Advanced Robotics. The simulation shows Palomar West’s operating rooms, which include advanced robotics and functional imaging systems capable of supporting medical procedures spanning interventional radiology, cardiovascular surgery, urology and gastroenterology. An advanced surgical cockpit, from where a surgeon can manipulate robotic systems remotely while viewing vital signs and functional imaging information in real time, is also featured. – Communication and Collaboration. The simulation shows how the Cisco Unified Communications system facilitates smooth patient and clinician communication. For example, a radiologist can locate specialists, contact them on their phones, laptops or PDAs, and initiate a desktop collaboration session to review and consult on patient scan images thanks to the network that links picture archiving systems with communications tools.- 3D Holographic Medical Imaging. Palomar West will feature mobile, remote-controlled, 3D holographic whole-body multimodality medical imaging systems that can be directed into any patient room. – Connected Real Estate. In the real Palomar West, all building, communication, IT, and clinical systems will be converged onto a single Cisco Medical-Grade Network. The simulation shows how nearly all aspects of a patient’s stay (including ventilation, air conditioning, lighting, security, fire and life safety, digital devices, and signage) will be monitored and managed via applications running on a single network, freeing up clinicians to focus on providing the very best care. – Visibility and Tracking Solutions. Visitors are guided through Palomar West by radio frequency-enabled sensors that enhance security and safety through patient tracking, and that protect hospital property by tracking equipment in real time. Construction of the real-world $811 million Palomar Medical Center West campus is due to be completed in 2011. The new facility is designed to positively transform the traditional healthcare experience that is normally associated with staying or working in a hospital.The campus will epitomize Cisco and PPH’s shared vision of a”Connected Hospital,” where technology and the physical environment seamlessly integrate to enhance patient care through the sharing of timely, accurate information among the right people at the right time, between hospitals and the extended ecosystem of care.In addition to embracing the latest connected health technologies, Palomar West has been physically designed to provide a high-performance healing environment through a constant connection with nature. Outdoor features of the campus showcased in the”Second Life” simulation include garden spaces, areas for dining, meeting or relaxing; a pedestrian path and garden connecting all buildings; a green roof bringing gardens up onto the building, with views from patient rooms; and garden terraces on the nursing floor.Palomar West in”Second Life” also provides visitors with a view of the design of individual patient rooms on the new Palomar West campus. Features of these rooms will include:- Same-handed, acuity-adaptable rooms and cross-discipline interventional procedure/operating rooms. Acuity-adaptable rooms can be transformed, even if a patient’s condition changes, without having to move patients from unit to unit. Any necessary equipment can be brought into the room on an as-needed basis, further reducing the need for patient transport.- Each patient room is designed with a nursing station immediately outside the room, so the intensity of service can be adjusted as needed.- Every room in Palomar West is single occupancy and identical in layout and design. This maximizes efficiency and minimizes medical errors.About Palomar Pomerado HealthPalomar Pomerado Health, California’s largest public health district, is North County’s most comprehensive health care delivery system, recognized for clinical excellence in cardiac care, women’s services, bariatric surgery, cancer, orthopedics, trauma, rehabilitation and behavioral health services. Facilities include Palomar Medical Center, Pomerado Hospital, Villa Pomerado, Palomar Continuing Care Center, Escondido Surgery Center, Palomar Pomerado Behavioral Health Services and Palomar Pomerado Home Care. About CiscoCisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at For ongoing news, go to For information about Cisco Connected Health technologies, visit Pomerado Health -Andy Hoang, (858) 675-5018 or andy.hoang@pph.orgCisco -David McCulloch (408) 221-6015 or

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  1. At first this seems a little strange. I mean visiting a virtual doctor in a virtual world. But I suppose diagnostics will soon be done remotely... and they even have operations that are performed from different parts of the world using high speed connections. But it will be interesting to see if this is a fad or if it actually takes off.

    • Hi Frank, Thanks for your comment. Remote diagnostics are a reality today via Cisco HealthPresence check out this video Regards, Dannette

  2. It's great that a hospital of the future is available online in a virtual world. After all, if you can dream it you can achieve it - and all of mankind's great achievements were at first distant projects.

  3. I think that 5-10 years from now, a majority of the major hospitals throughout the US will have 21st century improvements like this one.

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  5. we can say its a dream.......the acuity adaptable rooms,the gardens,the desktop collaberation sessions&every thing raelly amazing....hope to come to reality without any defect.thx.

  6. An architectural and conceptual visualization of The Hospital of the Future opening in 2011. Powered by a Cisco Medical-Grade Network that converges information and communications technology along with clinical and building automation systems onto a single network, Palomar West will transform the future of healthcare as we know it.

  7. This is so amazing. I really belive that this is a step into an amazing future. A nursing station outside each room...its so unbeliveable. In 2011 .. thats three years from now...Just awesome!