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This robot patient can simulate stroke symptoms and other conditions to give nurses groundbreaking new training. And he also loves a good conversation. Meet HAL S5301, the patient unlike any other…

The world’s most advanced robotic patient simulator has found a home at a nurse training centre, and could be the start of things to come for healthcare education.

HAL S5301 is the most unusual patient at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, and is capable of simulating stroke symptoms and other conditions to help nurses train. 

The centre, in Atlanta, Georgia, is now the proud owner of HAL S5301, who made a home there as the first commercial installation. 

Getting to know HAL S5301

This remarkable new patient introduces several groundbreaking features including Conversational Speech enhanced by AI, lifelike motor movement and next-generation simulated physiology that allows the robot to simulate stroke symptoms and other medical conditions.

Educators can facilitate true-to-life clinical training experiences in the areas of emergency, trauma, ICU, and med-surg care with a level of fidelity never before possible.

HAL S5301 is training the next generation of nurses, and other medical professionals with:

  • Conversational speech powered by advanced AI
  • Lifelike skin and skin responses, movement, and expressions

HAL can:

  • Present with symptoms of many different conditions, including stroke and cardiac arrest
  • Produce accurate readings on real diagnostic equipment including ECGs, pulse oximeters, blood pressure monitors, glucose tests
  • Be cannulated, catheterised, have blood drawn, be defibrillated and verbally interact
  • Be reprogrammed, wirelessly, on the fly, to keep training scenarios realistic and dynamic

Realistic training scenarios 

HAL S5301’s capabilities allow students to immerse themselves in realistic training scenarios that hone critical thinking skills and reinforce the transfer of these learned experiences to real-world clinical practice.

HAL S5301 is a permanent resident at the School of Nursing’s Emory Nursing Learning Center, which opened to students this fall.

The state-of-the-art facility has over 70,000 square feet of teaching and learning space with the capacity for deliberate practice, structured learning, feedback and debriefing, and high-stakes assessment exams. 

The centre also offers immersive learning opportunities for licensed nurses through the Emory Nursing Experience, a partnership with Emory Healthcare.

The Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing’s Bachelor of Science (BSN) and Master’s programs rank No. 2 in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

John Eggert, Gaumard’s Executive Vice President said: “We are thrilled to announce the first installation of HAL S5301 at the Emory University Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.

“HAL S5301’s breakthrough speech enhanced by AI* and its clinical capabilities surpass those of any other patient simulators on the market.

“HAL represents the new generation of technology that will be used to educate and empower tomorrow’s nursing and medical graduates with an unprecedented level of real-world skill, confidence, and preparation.”

James Archetto, Gaumard’s Vice President of U.S. Direct Sales, added: “This first installation of HAL S5301 highlights the importance of educating nursing students on high-risk, low-frequency clinical conditions using advanced technology and sophisticated training scenarios.

“Emory’s faculty have already begun incorporating HAL S5301 into their curriculum to provide students with the most effective learning opportunities.”

The School of Nursing’s HAL S5301 – known as “Emory HAL” – is already having an impact. Mena Khan, MD, CHSE, Director of Operations for the Emory School of Nursing Simulation Program said: “Because of Emory HAL’s engineering and artificial intelligence capabilities, he can process information and respond to learners much more organically during simulations.

“Emory HAL instills a more dynamic and interactive layer of preparation for our learners, much like actual patients. 

“Our students will be even better prepared for nursing care and leadership roles because of their work with Emory HAL.”

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