The emphasis is on the development of medical simulator hardware, software, and methodologies, primarily to improve patient outcomes, especially through the reduction of medical errors.
NIBIB interests include but are not limited to:
- virtual coaches incorporating artificial intelligence for performance training in medical procedures and workflows
- simulation interfaces to facilitate dissemination and use of virtual environments
- realistic representations of anatomy, tissue, instrument, tactile feedback, and collision dynamics
- simulator designs that focus on complicated or rare procedures, including rare adverse events
- simulators that replicate realistic workflows, including planning, warm-up exercises, and rehearsal leading up to the actual procedure
- portable, easy-to-use simulators for skilled practitioners in rural and low-resource settings