i-Human Patients Company Overview

i-Human Patients, Inc. (IHP) is a privately-funded company dedicated to enabling active e-learning in healthcare to promote the delivery of high quality, cost-effective care, and to ensure an adequate supply of healthcare providers fully trained in patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning.

i-Human Patients®

Our flagship product is i-Human Patients, a high performance cloud-based multimedia case authoring and playback system. The software platform simulates a complete medical patient encounter with animated avatars, human physiology and pathophysiology, virtual histopathology and 3D anatomy, all for the purpose of improving users’ patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills and patient outcomes. The system provides a comprehensive learning tool that integrates clinical experience much earlier into one's education. It helps users develop patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills, and prepares them for their apprenticeship training with real patients. Users receive online guidance, feedback, and coaching at every step of the learning process.

The i-Human Patients Case Player is the next-generation, cloud-based virtual patient simulator and case authoring system. Our Case Player simulates a complete medical patient encounter from taking a history, performing physical exams, building and ranking a differential, to ordering and evaluating tests.

Cases allow integration of exercises related to the clinical and/or basic sciences associated with the clinical case, including virtual histopathology, 3D anatomy, and assessment rubrics such as MCQ, T/F, free-form text, matching questions, etc. And, our system provides individualized and objective evidence-based feedback as well as detailed group/cohort reporting.

Why Simulated Patient Encounters?


i-Human Patients delivers cloud-based, interactive patient encounter simulations that develop, enhance, and allow sensitive evaluation of diagnostic reasoning and critical thinking. Accessed through a web browser without apps or downloads, i-Human fills in the cognitive development void left unfilled by expensive mannequin simulators and live patient actors.

The i-Human platform is used by healthcare professionals ranging from master clinicians to first-year medical students, as well as advanced practice nursing and physician assistant students.

Our flagship product is the i-Human Case Player, the only next-generation, cloud-based, virtual patient simulator. A complete medical patient encounter – again, through a web browser – includes taking a history, performing physical exams, building and ranking differential diagnoses, ordering and evaluating tests, refining the differential, and making the definitive diagnosis. Each of our 500+ cases can be effortlessly configured to match the level of the learner – master diagnostician in private practice to first-year med, NP or PA student.

Interactive medical media assets include thousands of 20-40x histopathology slides, CT, MRI and plain radiograph DICOM datasets, 3D anatomical models, 3- and 12-lead ECGs, ultrasounds, echocardiograms including Color Doppler, endoscopic and colonoscopic videos, medical illustrations, and more. I-Human software engineering allows instantaneous viewing of gigabyte-sized medical images without download.

Benefits include:


For users:
  • Measure and improve patient assessment and diagnostic reasoning skills
  • Integrated learning of basic science concepts in a clinical context
  • More engaging interactive learning experience
  • >500 published virtual patient encounters, with broad range of presentations and diagnoses
  • Individualized evidence-based coaching and feedback
  • 24x7 availability anywhere with internet access, web-browser only
  • ADA compliance
For institutions:
  • Objective, uniform and evidence-based evaluation
  • Focus on the cognitive skills not easily addressed by high-cost mannequin and standardized patient encounters
  • Detailed individual and group/cohort analytics
  • 24x7 availability anywhere with internet access, web-browser only
  • Easy to use point-and-click authoring systems – create your own or make derivative works of “share and share-alike” cases with access to a database of thousands of shared medical media assets
  • Full functioning video repository – closed captioning, playback speed controls, bandwidth transcoding
  • Formative (low-stakes learning) as well as summative (high-stakes testing) modes
  • ADA compliance

Award-Winning

January 2015, IHP attended the 15th annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, and was awarded Runner-Up for Best in Show in the Serious Games and Virtual Environments Competition in the Developing Commercial Interest Large Company/Corporation category.

October 2014, IHP attended the HealthTech Conference as one of the 45 start-up company exhibitors. i-Human Patients had the honor of being selected by a panel of VC judges to pitch our product on the conference main stage and named as finalists for the 2014 Most Promising HealthTech Company of the Year!

February 2013, IHP attended the 13th annual International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, and our i-Human Patients simulated patient platform won a Best in Show award. In January 2013, we announced that the American Medical Association would be providing grant funding for the development of simulated, interactive patient encounter cases on our platform, to help transform medical education. Our initial customer and content partner list includes world class medical schools and/or faculty at UC San Francisco, University of Chicago, Columbia, Cornell, Tufts, University at Buffalo, Northwestern, Rush Medical College and others. In addition to a growing number of medical schools, our platform has recently been adopted by osteopathic, nurse practitioner and physician assistant schools, and almost 100 educators are now developing new patient encounter cases.


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