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Cisco opens virtual hospital in Second Life

Feb 26, 20082 mins
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If you’ve always fancied yourself as a doctor but chose networking as a career instead, don’t worry, you can wonder around the virtual wards of the Palomar Pomerado Health hospital to your heart’s content, courtesy of Cisco and Second Life. The hospital is a virtual representation of the bricks-and-mortar facility – the $811 million Palomar West Medical Campus due to open in San Diego in 2011. Among the highlights of the virtual hospital, according to Cisco, include a virtual receptionist greeting guests via TelePresence, a simulation of operating rooms using advanced robotics and functional imaging systems, Cisco unified communications between patients and clinicians, and 3D holographic medical imaging.

View the video tour here.

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Jim Duffy has been covering technology for over 28 years, 23 at Network World. He covers enterprise networking infrastructure, including routers and switches. He also writes The Cisco Connection blog and can be reached on Twitter @Jim_Duffy and at

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