The Hyper Hospital--A Networked Reality Based Medical Care System--

Takami YAMAGUCHI  Nobuyasu FURUTA  Kuniharu SHINDO  Tomoaki HAYASAKA  Hisako IGARASHI  Jun NORITAKE  Kiyoyuki YAMAZAKI  Atsuya YOSHIDA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Information and Systems   Vol.E77-D   No.12   pp.1372-1378
Publication Date: 1994/12/25
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Print ISSN: 0916-8532
Type of Manuscript: Special Section PAPER (Special Issue on Networked Reality)
hyper hospital,  virtual reality,  medical care,  network,  event related potential,  

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In the modern hospital, the physical or chemical therapeutic procedure is regarded as paramount and psychological or spiritual care is quite frequently put aside. The goal of the Hyper Hospital" is to correct this. The Hyper Hospital is constructed in the computer based electronic network using an alternate reality system, such as the virtual reality system, as the human-machine-human interface. The nodes of the Hyper Hospital belong to a patient and also to a variety of medical care facilities; for example, the out patient office, the nursing care center, the medical examination unit, the operating theater, etc. The Hyper Hospital space consists of various kind of spaces including the alternate reality space owned and exclusively controlled by the patient himself or herself, and even the real space as well. Most of the physical contact, such as the visit to the out patient office by the patient, is actualized by the electronic connection of the patient private space and the public space of the hospital system. Prescription drugs, special care, and even the admission to the ward will be integrated into the distributed electronic network. To realize such a system, we need to solve many problems, such as the research on the network oriented architecture of the alternate reality, the development of human-machine interface particularly fitted to various disabilites, the study of the behavior of normal and diseased people, etc. The concept of the Hyper Hospital we are proposing is believed to be a new paradigm of the next generation of medical care.