Neonatal outcomes vary greatly depending on where a child is born. In Maine, a baby can be up to six times more likely to have a neurologic injury if they are born at a rural hospital than if they were born in Portland. This is very likely related to the fact that neonatal resuscitations are low frequency but high-risk events. This type of event is precisely what simulation training was designed to improve. However, the rural nature of these hospitals makes travel to and from a million-dollar simulation lab a poor solution. Pediatricians Dr. Mary Ottolini and Dr. Michael Ferguson of Maine Medical Center have set out to create Augmented Reality Technology for Medical Simulation (ARTforMS)—an immersive experience that layers AR over the traditional mannequins. This method can be used in-person to bring interactive, remote simulation training to rural medical facilities using the Microsoft HoloLens, a mixed reality device with applications that enhance collaboration and give participants 3D perspectives of every part of the body. Dr. Ottolini and Dr. Ferguson are partnering with Case Western University to pilot the remote neonatal resuscitation software application to life throughout the MaineHealth system.

From the Innovator:

“Clinicians have great ideas but no clue about how to move them forward toward an actual product or service. The Innovation Center steered me in the right direction, helping me iterate on the idea, applying for grant funding, and answering questions like: How do I pitch this? What do I say?” – Michael Ferguson, MD, MTeach

TEAM:

Mary Ottolini, MD, MEd, MPH – The George W. Hallett MD Chair of Pediatrics, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center

Michael Ferguson, ME, MTeach – Pediatric Intensivist, The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center

COLLABORATORS:

Case Western Reserve University, The Roux Institute at Northeastern University, Maine Medical Center Simulation Center