Virtual Healthcare 3: MS Island
Hidden between a number of ABN Amro employee islands I stumbled upon a simulator called "MS Island". As things go with synchronicity, this week seems to run a streak of hospitals and medication in the virtual and real world alike.
Probably the best way to describe the intended use of the build is by dropping the notecard which comes in Dutch and English:
This is the island of VU university medical center and the MS Center Amsterdam. This is a pilot project to see if a virtual world and community can have a positive influence on the wellbeing of people with MS.
This project is a cooperation of:
- VU university medical center
- MS Center Amsterdam
- Dutch MS Research Foundation
- Dutch MS Society (MSVN)
- Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF)
In this building you will find more information about these organizations, a meeting room for people with MS and other interested parties, and a presentation and consultation room.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask one of the hosts.
The agenda contains the opening hours of the pub and presentations.
We wish you a pleasant stay.
The build itself is quite different from the slick Palomar hospital. The main venue is decently build and gives a lot of information on MS.
The rest of the sim is a little too unorganised in my opinion. A large part is set up as a stage (what's the use of a permanent set up if you only give a concert at the opening of the sim?) and is surrounded by a jumble of market stands and advertisements. Collecting money isn't a crime, especially not for organisations like this and it is admirable that residents donate their stuff to be sold, still it had a somewhat cheapy look and feel to it.
One of the lines in the introduction note was waiting to be answered:
This is a pilot project to see if a virtual world and community can have a positive influence on the wellbeing of people with MS.
Unfortunately, the sim has given me no answer, nor was there any greeter who could help me out. Because I could not find any answer to these project goals I was largely disappointed in this build.
However, please drop in and donate a few Linden Dollars to this good cause!