Health Info Island
Here’s an interesting podcast about Educational and Non-Profit uses of Second Life. Carol Perryman, a PhD candidate at UNC, is developing the Health Info Island project, a medical library and virtual hospital in Second Life. There is a vast amount of medical info on the web that can be overwhelming to sift through and may not be the most current or valid. The project aims to support virtual reference services for an underserved population looking for medical information by creating a welcoming, trusting, and guided experience. Virtual patients will be interviewed by health professions to assess what information they will need and deliver the information using simulation. The project is under development, but once complete, medical consultation will be available for free to a global audience.