The Project 2020 and the Future of Medical Learning

G. Graschew, T.A. Roelofs, S. Rakowsky, and P.M. Schlag (Germany)


E-learning and E-training, surgical-oncologicalworkplace, virtual reality based training, real-time elearning


The pervasive use of computer, video and communication technologies has initiated improved diagnostic and therapeutic procedures as well as technology-supported learning and training. The project 2020 integrates these new technologies into a medical workplace of the future that meets the clinical demands of modern surgery. Virtual-reality environments enhance surgical simulation and training. Global networks and the use of computers for educational purposes stimulate and support the development of virtual universities for e-learning. Especially applications with real-time transmission of live medical video streams and real-time interactivity can play an important role in tailored and personalised services. However, in order to realise the ultimate goal of ubiquitous access to learning services (u-learning), not only technology, but also a broad range of “soft” interpersonal factors appears to be crucial.

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