Swiss-Based VirtaMed Continues to Provide Cutting Edge Surgical Simulators | IMSH 2017 Video Interview with Company Founder
At IMSH 2017 HealthySim was lucky to catch VirtaMed Founder and Co-CEO Stefan Tuchschmid, PhD to get a hands on demonstration of their hybrid surgical simulators and experimental VR technologies! I had a chance to try out their HTC Vive VR demonstration and found myself inside a knee to see the anatomy up close! We look forward to seeing what VirtaMed will continue to do with VR as a means to provide the most innovative simulation training possible. Certainly, their blended hybrid approach with haptics and on-screen displays certainly provides a unique training system in the market. The company will also work with you to create custom simulators for those programs looking for specific training requirements!
VirtaMed is a multinational Swiss-based company that develops & produces highly realistic surgical simulators for medical training by surgeons who use original instruments to train in a safe environment before performing on real patients. The origins of VirtaMed date back to 2001 when a hysteroscopy simulator project in the frame of the NCCR CO-ME of the Swiss National Science Foundation involving 16 PhD students was started. At the end of the project in 2007, one student, Stefan Tuchschmid, saw a business potential and decided to found VirtaMed with his colleagues Denis Steinemann and Daniel Bachofen. By the start of 2015, CAE Healthcare expanded its simulation portfolio to start distributing several VirtaMed products in Canada and the United States!
10 Reasons Why Your Program Should Consider a VirtaMed Simulator:
- Only one platform for multiple simulators and surgical fields: On just one platform, multiple simulators, disciplines, and specializations can be trained. For example, arthroscopy training for knee and shoulder happens on the same simulator as urology or gynecology training. The simulation platform is also expandable for other procedures in the future, for example hip, ankle, elbow, or spine.
- Just like the real thing: Photorealistic high-fidelity simulation in HD: Highly realistic graphics, bleeding, and fluid behavior combine to create complete virtual patient cases. Anatomic models provide the best tactile feedback possible, since the models can be manipulated like in real-life, responding to every touch.
- Original instruments ease transfer of skills to the OR: Adapted original instruments provide a complete simulation experience and familiarization with real surgical tools. Resectoscopes, cameras, morcellators, shavers, graspers, or punches can be used for diagnostic and operative procedures. Using original instruments for training eases the transfer of skills to the operating room.
- Guided training saves instruction and OR time: A special feature of VirtaMed simulators is the SimProctor. Outside views, colored hints, and ghost tools show trainees how to perform various tasks, including how to hold instruments and how to complete individual procedure steps. The SimProctor integrates the best practices with clinical knowledge from key worldwide opinion leaders into the simulation, thereby reducing instruction time led by your key personnel as well as valuable OR time.
- Reduced costs for surgical training: Simulators reduce your costs for disposable material during physician training. It doesn’t matter whether a physician needs 2, 20, or 200 procedures to reach proficiency, there are no additional costs involved. Also, equipment breakage costs can be reduced significantly.
- Fast progress on the learning curve through an endless variety of pathologies: Virtual reality simulators offer an endless variety of pathologies and anatomies based on MRI/CT data of real patients. VirtaMed simulators have been designed to cover 95% of the variability of cases in real life, which would take years of practice without simulation. Individual training courses can also be created with specific training for beginners right up to experienced physicians.
- Complication training in a risk-free environment: The surgeon is confronted with the same complications as in the operating room and learns how to react to challenging pathologies or intense bleeding and bad viewing conditions. Complication training on the simulator prepares for challenges on the real patient without putting anyone at risk.
- Objective performance feedback with helpful metrics: Objective feedback is the basis for learning. After each completed procedure, the trainee receives a feedback report with target values, including time taken, movements with the instruments, landmarks visualized, pathologies resected, and much more. The trainee can also take screenshots at any time, and a movie of the procedure is saved together with the feedback report. This allows to track improvements and to debrief procedures later on.
- Better quality of care and patient safety: Using the best surgical education available enhances patient safety and quality of care in general. Surgeons are much better prepared for their first time in the operating room, and have already learned how to react to complications and have a realistic understanding of the procedure before they perform on a live patient for the first time. These first time cases go better, smoother, and quicker, which makes it a better patient and physician experience.
- A competitive edge – boost your reputation! Virtual reality simulators for surgical training give you a competitive advantage and boost your image. Residents love to be offered state-of-the-art technology for their best possible training. If you want to be at the forefront of innovative surgical training, VirtaMed simulators are a great choice – they are the best virtual reality simulators available on the market!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Abigail in Las Vegas, Nevada.