HSVO: Health Services Virtual Organization

Back in 2008, the Health Services Virtual Organization (HSVO) was set up to create a network-enabled platform, with funding from Canarie.

This virtual organization comprised teams from:

Over the course of 2 years, HSVO saw mixed success. Educationally, the concept was powerful and garnered several awards. However, it was also complex and ambitious, which created some sustainability problems. Since the demise of the original project web site, we have created an archive of the materials and resources here, for future use.


Ellaway, R., Joy, A., Topps, D., & Lachapelle, K. (2013). Hybrid Simulation with virtual patients. Simulation in Healthcare: Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, 7(6), 392–468. Retrieved from http://www.dtic.mil/docs/citations/ADA560817

Ellaway, R. H., Topps, D., Lachapelle, K., & Cooperstock, J. (2009). Integrating simulation devices and systems. Stud Health Technol Inform, 142, 88–90. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19377120

Ellaway, R. H., Cooperstock, J. R., & Spencer, B. (2010). Simulation integration for healthcare education, training and assessment. In 2010 Fifth International Conference on Digital Information Management (ICDIM) (pp. 484–489). IEEE. http://doi.org/10.1109/ICDIM.2010.5664229

Ellaway, R., Topps, D., MacDonald, J., Copeland, B., Olmos, A., & Spencer, B. (2010). HSVO: A functional XML specification for integrating simulation devices. Bio-Algorithms and Med-Systems, 6(11), 47–51. Retrieved from https://www.infona.pl/resource/bwmeta1.element.baztech-3f13e5e8-c7e1-4daa-84e9-486f54f07470