Source: International Journal of Healthcare Simulation
Embedded participants (EPs) are role players (actors) in a simulation. A tele-EP is not in the same physical location as the learners during a simulation and can be present in the form of a telehealth robot, tablet, hologram or live stream. When substituting for a simulated caregiver, tele-EPs have been referred to as ‘pop-up parents’. A hologram, conversely, is a projected three-dimensional image that can beam into a scenario or be pre-recorded and interact within the environment. The recorded video-like image has realistic pauses, based on natural conversation, allowing time for participant interaction. While the hologram technology currently does not include artificial intelligence (AI), the natural pauses and life-like projections mimic a live person. These images, in the form of a hologram, allow for simulation consistency without relying on actor availability. With high-fidelity simulation and the use of a tele-EP, learners can demonstrate communication skills, behaviours and attitudes while conducting interviews and developing a plan of care.
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