Alberta Health Services – Robbins Learning Centre

Presentation technology for leading-edge healthcare training

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The Robbins Learning Centre is a high-tech medical training facility where health care professionals from across the province share knowledge, innovations and techniques that can be used to continually improve patient care.

Contracted by Alberta Health Services, Applied Electronics supplied and integrated the Robbins Learning Centre with state-of-the-art presentation technologies. Located in the Robbins Pavilion at Royal Alexandra Hospital, the Robbins Learning Centre contains a 181-seat auditorium and three classrooms equipped with high-definition audio visual technology that provides a digital link to classrooms, operating suites and other learning facilities from across North America, creating opportunities for collaborative-based teaching and training.

Presentation technology for interactive, real-time healthcare education

To bring the latest in presentation technology to life, Alberta Health Services worked closely with Applied Electronics to design and implement a state-of-theatre immersive medical teaching environment into the Robbins Learning Pavilion. The centerpiece of this advanced system is the Robbins Learning Centre Theatre, a 181-seat auditorium that presents viewers with an unprecedented training opportunity. The theatre has the capability to remotely connect to facilities around Alberta for a completely unified collaboration experience, allowing medical staff to experience telepresence on a provincial scale.

In addition, three interactive classrooms are located in this exciting facility as additional training and telepresence environments. Each classroom possesses the technology to show high definition presentations in a variety of room sizes and configurations, with the potential for distance learning and collaboration. To take full advantage of the training potential of this facility, the system has also been designed to accept video and audio feeds from Stryker surgical suites located within the Royal Alexandra Hospital and beyond in additional Alberta Health Facilities. This capability will allow viewers to virtually attend a live surgical procedure and communicate with the surgeon from the comfort of the classroom or theatre via real time interaction with medical staff.

An interactive audio visual solution for welcoming and guiding visitors

To welcome visitors to the Robbins Learning Pavilion, an interactive touch screen kiosk allows visitors browse through dynamic content at their leisure while viewing information on subjects such as donors, facility capabilities, and current event schedules. Accompanying this interactive audio visual display is a dual display digital signage system to show additional information that can be updated remotely to target specific visitors on any given occasion.

While each of these rooms is independent of one another in both operation and location, all of the supporting audio visual technology is positioned in a centrally located space with communication and distribution via high bandwidth, low latency fibre optics. This advanced design approach allows each individual system to operate independently of the other with up to five presentations or conferences occurring simultaneously. All presentation technology systems can also be seamlessly combined into one large virtual meeting space.

Applied Electronics is very proud to be part of the development of this ground breaking facility.

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