Here’s an idea of what a home visualization looks like! Video from Mike De Sisti of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

PI Kevin Ponto also states, “Looking ahead, the next big problem for us to tackle will be creating a method to visualize the path that a participant takes through a house, while also seeing exactly what they are looking at.“ If you’re unfamiliar, our experiment involves finding out what objects around the house contribute to a person’s Health Information Management, so being able to accomplish this goal of tracking their path and what they are looking at while in our 3D home will help give us the ability to narrow down exactly what objects they are marking up and finding interesting. This will give us a mode of comparison from participant to participant and will help us to really get a sense of what items in a home are found to be important towards Personal Health Information Management (PHIM).

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Patti Brennan who has lead the vizHome project as PI Since its beginning was named Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in the fall of 2016 by the National Institute of Health. The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library. We are all very proud of her accomplishments, although we were saddened to see her leave.

Other Developments

The Virtual Environments Group (formerly the LEL) has used our home scanning processes in two very interesting and unanticipated ways. The first is Crime Scene Investigation; the Dane County Sherriff’s Office engaged the lab to scan the scene of a crime. The purpose was to have a 3D model with all of the details preserved. 3D scans are increasingly utilized in court cases due to their ability to capture the crime scene efficiently and in a timely way. In addition, they can be much more effective than diagrams and pictures in presenting the case. You can read more about it here.

Our virtual reality technology was also featured in a historical preservation project. We produced a 3D Model of the iconic Taliesin home, owned by Frank Lloyd Wright, outside of Spring Green, WI. This allows people all over the world access to the timeless designs. You can read more about it here.

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We encourage you to read the VizHome Abstract to learn even more about us.



The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, strives “to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable,” as explained in their mission statement. AHRQ is a national organization that focuses on improving patient-centered outcomes. Working with clinicians and other healthcare providers, they find solutions to existing problems in healthcare. The vizHOME team received a $2.5 million grant (R01 HS22548-01) for their project from the AHRQ.


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The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin is the first statewide research survey of its kind to measure information on critical health conditions in Wisconsin. Findings from SHOW present a comprehensive picture of the health of Wisconsin residents, helping to identify needs and target resources where they are most needed.

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin is funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program and is under the direction of Dr. Paul Peppard and his team at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. SHOW identified potentially eligible individuals to assist us in our recruitment process and collected data for vizHOME in the homes of its 2017-2018 participants.