Dassault Debuts Emma Twin for Healthcare Innovation

An avatar was designed to raise awareness about how virtual twins are advancing healthcare.

An avatar was designed to raise awareness about how virtual twins are advancing healthcare.

Through a social media program, Emma Twin will share stories explaining how the virtual twin of her body was created from anonymous health data. Image courtesy of Dassault Systemes.


Dassault Systèmes introduced ‘Emma Twin,’ an avatar designed to raise awareness about how virtual twins are advancing healthcare and innovations that are shaping medicine and its future.

Through a social media program, Emma Twin will share stories explaining how the virtual twin of her body was created from anonymous health data to be used for an infinite number of tests that give doctors and researchers understanding of diseases and the effects of new and improved treatments.

Her social media posts will document her participation in ongoing research and medical innovations including: clinical trials using Medidata solutions; the reaction of her heart to different procedures in the Living Heart project; testing CorNeat Vision’s corneal transplants; epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease studies in the Living Brain project; wearing the IASO drug administration and monitoring device; and optimizing the home for older adults.  

The posts will also highlight: DAMAE Medical’s portable microscope for detecting skin cancer; Dynocardia’s blood pressure monitoring solution; FEops’ cardiac monitoring; LUCID Implants’ customized facial implants; and the VORTHEx radiotherapy simulation experience.

“Through Emma Twin, we will share stories about the impact of virtual twins on healthcare, in an engaging, meaningful way,” says Victoire de Margerie, vice president, corporate equity, marketing & communications, Dassault Systèmes.  “Our virtual twins have been used to swiftly develop COVID-19 vaccines, optimize surgical procedures, and provide patients with a greater understanding of treatment options.  By leveraging our pioneering technology, we can draw attention to major healthcare challenges and demonstrate how the virtual world improves outcomes in real life.”

Dassault Systèmes’ virtual twins—data-enriched 3D models that replicate reality with scientific accuracy and are used to test and improve performance virtually—have catalyzed sustainable innovations that improve quality of life for consumers, citizens and patients.

Virtual twins accelerate the development of solutions to needs for more precise, preventive healthcare by enabling research and health-related disciplines to model, test and treat a human body as precisely, safely and effectively as other industries can with cars, buildings or airplanes.

Emma Twin is the next act in Dassault Systèmes’ “The Only Progress is Human” initiative, dedicated to healthcare and patient experience.  In 2020, the company launched The Only Progress is Human to increase awareness of societal and environmental challenges and inspire the use of virtual worlds to drive sustainable innovations in areas such as urbanization and water conservation.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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