Ashish Gupta and colleagues received best research prototype at WITS

Ashish Gupta, School of Business, along with his colleagues from Banner Health and Arizona State University received best research prototype award for the virtual world developed for Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training at the 22nd Workshop on Information Technologies and Systems (WITS). WITS is a prestigious conference and the award is highly competitive. This project is funded by the Department of Defense.

ACLS is a series of team based medical interventions performed during the emergency medical resuscitation of an individual in a state of cardiac and/or respiratory failure. Team members are assigned specific roles and requires communication and coordination of activities among team members while executing ACLS guidelines on the patient. Traditionally, ACLS training for care providers has been conducted in face-to face settings. The virtual world for ACLS training that we have developed offers numerous advantages over the traditional approach used for conducting ACLS training in terms of feedback immediacy, ability to conduct remote training sessions, convenience and schedule flexibility while freeing up hospital resources.