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Husson University’s advanced AI manikin will better prepare students for health careers

Husson University’s new HAL S5301 interdisciplinary patient simulator is shown with students. Image courtesy of Husson

February 9, 2024 Husson University, a private, nonprofit institution in Bangor, Maine, has announced that students who use its Simulation Education Center labs as part of their learning will soon have a new patient to practice their skills on in a medical setting: an artificial intelligence (AI) manikin

HAL S5301 interdisciplinary patient simulator — or HAL, for short — is an artificial intelligence manikin that can mimic human movement and verbal responses as well as adapt to simulate the unpredictable communication of real-life patient-medical caregiver experiences.  

With the help of artificial intelligence, HAL can answer medical history and initial assessment-related questions, follow voice commands, and learn over time. HAL’s capabilities make it an excellent tool to fulfill educational objectives across clinical disciplines and blur the lines between simulation and real-life.

SIM Center director Ghada Konsowa, MBBCH, MBA, CHSOS

The advanced technology joins the SIM lab’s existing collection of low- and high-fidelity manikins that simulates the real patient experience. As early adopters, Husson’s SIM Center strives to provide students with the best tools to enhance their learning and skills, enabling them to succeed in their respective fields.

We are thrilled to include this state-of-the-art technology in our healthcare-related programs to create a superior educational experience for students that will prepare them for the challenges and rigors of real patient care.

James D. Nash, PhD, PharmD, MPH, BCPS, dean of the College of Health and Pharmacy

HAL will allow students in Husson’s nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy and pharmacy programs to practice their skills in a safe educational setting before stepping into real-world settings. 

Husson is known for its immersive, hands-on educational experience. The addition of the HAL S5301 interdisciplinary patient simulator to our Simulation Education Center is the next step in providing a transformative experience for current and future Husson students.

Lynne Coy-Ogan, president-elect and senior vice president for academic affairs and provost at Husson

The College of Health and Pharmacy will unveil HAL to the university and local community on Tuesday, February 13.