06 Mar '12, 5pm

Using Avatars to Understand Adverse Drug Reactions

A few years ago, I wrote about some pioneering work done on creating a “Google Earth for the Bod y” by Andre Elisseeff and a research team at IBM’s Zurich Research Lab . The idea was to create a means of visualizing a person’s electronic health record (EHR) using a three-dimensional image of the human-body. Over the past few years, the approach has been used successfully at Thy-Mors Hospital in northern Denmark, and is slowly rolling out to other hospitals in Denmark as well as in Switzerland. Elisseeff and some of his co-workers spun off a company called Nhumi (“new-me”) Technologies in 2009 to explore additional ways of using 3-dimensional views of the human-body, aka 3D avatars, to easily manage and visualize clinical data. A short while ago Elisseeff contacted me about their most recent work involving drug safety events . Nhumi modified their previously developed avata...

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