Elsevier launches “heart education experience in spatial computing” tool

Elsevier Health has announced the launch of its new Complete HeartX tool, described as a “heart education experience in spatial computing” with features including including interactive 3D models, clinical simulations, and more.

Using the 3D models, the tool offers learners the chance to “explore the healthy human heart and cardiovascular system”. It enables them to move the heart around and to hear relevant sounds and “view blood flow and valve movements”; additionally, through simulations, users can learn about cardiac conditions and their impact on the heart, including signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. The tool also features “realistic simulations that mimic the real-world procedure”, where learners can perform or observe diagnostic tests using virtual tools.

The tool’s creators are also hoping to make a positive impact in raising awareness and understanding of female heart conditions, by launching with pathology for myocardial infarction in a female patient.

Complete Heart is currently available through the Apple Vision Pro spatial computer.

Jan Herzhoff, president of Elsevier Health said: “We are delighted to launch this groundbreaking immersive solution, helping push the boundaries of innovation in health education. Traditional education tools often lack interactivity and fall short in engaging learners, which can be especially problematic when studying something as complicated as the heart. Complete HeartX creates an entirely new experience to clinical learning and combines it with our evidenced-based content so learners can discover cardiac health in a novel way.”

In related news, a biomedical engineer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) has created 3D heart replicas with the aim to support surgical interventions for patients with congenital heart defects.

Elsewhere, NHS National Services Scotland has published a prior information notice for the development of a “once for Scotland” digital heart failure system, with the aim of any potential project to adopt technology capable of displaying, capturing and collating relevant clinical information to “bring the benefits of enhanced vetting, investigation and diagnostic decision-making”.