Health Avatar Could Become Modern Version of Doctor’s House Call


This may all seem like something from a far-in-the-future science fiction movie. But a researcher at FIU is close to making it a reality.

Professor Christine Lisetti has developed a medical avatar, an interactive computer program that can help people better understand a host of medical issues and avoid destructive behavior. Next year, the program will be tested in a clinical setting, and Lisetti believes it will stand in when doctors and nurses aren’t available.

Lisetti’s program is far more than a dry computer program. Her team has created an animated character capable of advanced human responses to questions.

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