Medical Schools

Today’s medical and veterinary schools feature innovative audio-visual technology solutions that simulate patent care situations and empower future medical professionals to take a collaborative approach to medical care. Our experienced team of sales professionals, designers, engineers, and project managers help improve the educational process of healthcare at medical training centers and teaching hospitals. We design, build, and support healthcare simulation centers, lecture halls, hybrid classrooms, conference rooms, and wet labs that enable learners to safely train under the guidance of their instructors. Through our partnerships with key industry leaders, we are able to deliver dynamic, reliable video conferencing and collaboration capabilities, digital signage and wayfinding, advanced audio, recording and streaming capabilities, and personal communication equipment securely to a variety of medical training institutions. We can categorize the spaces in the medical school arena by a variety of room types. Below you’ll find a description of the most common room types, what they include, what they cost, and what is needed by LightWerks to professionally install appropriate collaboration technology at your location(s). 

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Well executed AV in the lecture theatre space is simple to use, offers the best possible listening and viewing experience, and increasingly facilitates interactive and collaborative learning. It is critical that lecture halls include high quality sound and video. Each attendee should receive the same outstanding levels of audio and video, irrespective of where they are seated in the room – or even if they are participating remotely. A typical lecture hall most often includes projection and video walls for displaying large-scale content, integrated presentation audio to enable consistent sound coverage, and wireless collaboration and presentation technologies to remove unnecessary cabling. Modern lecture halls are also equipped with lecture capture / streaming systems that involve PTZ cameras, applications/devices that allow for collaboration (device mirroring), document cameras, and video conferencing. AV system control is usually made possible through a touch panel, making it simple to send content to different areas of the space and manage volume, lighting, etc.

First impressions really count, so many medical and veterinary schools make a special effort to have a welcoming, and often impressive, reception area. These spaces usually include at least one large flat panel and a digital signage player to welcome guests and share company promotional information. Many will also include speakers to provide audio to go along with their video content, and some will also include interactive capabilities to allow visitors to interact with the information shown on the flat panel display(s). As this room is typically in use all day and most displays can be programmed internally to turn on and off at specific times each day, reception areas do not usually require any sort of dedicated control system.

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The modern classroom is a hybrid learning ready, collaborative and interactive space that contains high quality sound and video. These important learning spaces can include both interactive and non-interactive flat panels, video walls, speakers, applications and devices that allow for collaboration (device mirroring), document cameras or visualizers, lecture capture and streaming applications, and video conferencing. Many classrooms also include voice amplification systems to improve intelligibility. A teacher or lecturer may wish to showcase a student’s work on one display, while simultaneously sharing a live experiment from a document camera or visualizer on another. To control the technology across their classroom, a touch panel is often integrated to send content to different areas of the space and manage volume, lighting, etc.

There’s digital signage and then there’s “DIGITAL SIGNAGE!” To make an exceptional impression on visitors, institutions of all kinds are choosing to install Video Walls in their public spaces. Using seamless direct-view light-emitting diode (dvLED) technology, these walls provide big, bright, high-resolution images for many applications including:
■ Digital Donor Walls
■ Screening Advertisements and Other Branded Content
■ Dynamic Art Installations
Robust, cloud-based digital signage software allows individual users or specific departments to update the video wall with their unique content at any time.

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Skills labs serve as a multi-functional training space. They often include flexible tables and AV systems designed for surgical skill practice, group training, and continuing medical education. Skills training might include surgical, anesthesia, emergency medicine/ trauma (adult and pediatric), microsurgery, critical care, laparoscopic, and pediatrics. Skills labs often include multiple flat panels to display procedures which can be viewed through document cameras or ceiling visualizers. In addition, ceiling microphones and speakers increase intelligibility in these spaces. The integration of sophisticated audio and video-conferencing capability makes it possible for procedures and demonstrations to be shared between multiple locations. Additionally, recording capabilities for later play-back give students the opportunity to reengage with and study  demonstrated medical procedures. Custom-programmed control systems allows for better control of the equipment. Lighting, shades, and air conditioning control are often incorporated into the user’s touch control interface.

A major component of any medical simulation center is the ability to monitor, record, and remotely control the simulation scenario from a control room. Typically there is one control room for every one or two simulation rooms that is located  adjacent to the simulation space. They are often behind one-way observation mirrors for the instructors to observe. Instructors can also operate simulators and the video equipment from the control room to modify the simulation in progress and provide a voice for the patient through the manikin. The most important function of the control room is the ability to record both the  audio and video from the simulated scenario at the same time. Discreet camera and microphone systems integrated in the simulation architecture allows for multi-channel recordings of all interactions between learners and live standardized patients or automated patient simulators. Once the scenario is complete, the instructor can replay the scenario during debrief to create a
valuable learning opportunity for the participants as they see themselves perform.

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