First-of-its-kind patient simulator at Stamford Health provides realistic training

"I work as a high fidelity simulator at Stamford Health. It involves creating realistic scenarios for medical training purposes," said Hal.

Mark Sudol

Feb 21, 2024, 10:24 PM

Updated 58 days ago

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The staff at Stamford Health now have a new lifelike tool to aid in training.
It's so life-like, it's scary good.
"Hi Hal. How are you today? Hello."
Hal is no dummy. He's the most advanced AI patient simulator in the state.
"I work as a high fidelity simulator at Stamford Health. It involves creating realistic scenarios for medical training purposes," said Hal.
"We've progressed from simulators with the bolts in their arms to now we have seamless simulators where they are just looking more and more like human beings," said executive director of research at Stamford Health Dr. Suzanne Rose.
There are only 100 Hals in the world.
He's so realistic he can move his head and eyes.
You can hear him breathe and track his vital signs.
He can mimic patients and real-life medical scenarios that give professionals and medical students the most advanced training.
"He can be used in a trauma scenario; he can actively bleed. He also has the ability to simulate a live stroke," said Rose.
Hal also has first-of-its kind ultrasound capability.
"We can simulate different disease states so they might see what fluid around the heart looks like and they can come and practice that as many times as they want," said Rose.
Hal lives alongside other simulators that mimic pregnant woman and even children.
Sometimes, the staff there says at times it seems too real.
"When they get up and walk out then our job here is done and we're going to run out the other door," said Rose.
Stamford Health bought Hal for over $100,000.
He was funded by grants.


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