VA building a virtual hospital

On Heroes’ Beach, the water is always calm. The sun is about to set. And there are large bonfires, gently crackling.

The bonfires each have a sign perched in front of them: diabetes, asthma, PTSD. A veteran can pick one and sit around with a group of friends and chat. There may even be a health provider there to coach the discussion.

The goal for setting up these bonfires is simple: help veterans get the health information they need without leaving the comfort of their homes.

Because Heroes’ Beach is virtual. “hospital” that’s being built from the ground up, code by code, avatar by avatar, here in Central Florida at SimLEARN, VA’s National Simulation Center in Orlando.