Virtual reality, telemedicine, web and data processing innovations in medical and psychiatric education and clinical care

Acad Psychiatry. 2006 Nov-Dec;30(6):528-33. doi: 10.1176/appi.ap.30.6.528.


Objective: This article highlights technology innovations in psychiatric and medical education, including applications from other fields.

Method: The authors review the literature and poll educators and informatics faculty for novel programs relevant to psychiatric education.

Results: The introduction of new technologies requires skill at implementation and evaluation to assess the pros and cons. There is a significant body of literature regarding virtual reality and simulation, including assessment of outcomes, but other innovations are not well studied.

Conclusions: Innovations, like other uses of technology, require collaboration between parties and integration within the educational framework of an institution.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Delivery of Health Care / standards*
  • Education, Medical*
  • Humans
  • Internet* / instrumentation
  • Organizational Innovation*
  • Psychiatry / education*
  • Teaching / methods
  • Telemedicine / instrumentation*
  • User-Computer Interface*