Time Magazine Names Fundamental VR Among Top 50 Inventions of 2018
Jamie Ducharme recently shared about FundamentalVR on TIME Magazine’s Top 50 inventions of 2018 — highlighting healthcare simulation to the world! For far less than traditional systems, FundamentalVR brings together haptic feedback and VR medical simulated realities in surgical settings to provide top notch realism and training opportunities. Fundamental Surgery is a software simulation system that can be downloaded directly to your chosen hardware. They have a growing library of content and can provide custom learning solutions. Read on to learn all about Time’s recognized Top 2018 Invention!
TIME’s List of Top 2018 Inventions: FundamentalVR
Everyone wants their surgeon to be perfectly prepared, but there are few affordable ways for medical residents to practice without putting patients at risk. Virtual-reality simulators help, but they have at least one major limitation. “You can’t touch the environment in a meaningful way,” says Richard Vincent, CEO of FundamentalVR, whose VR surgical simulator fixes that by incorporating haptic feedback (similar to a smartphone’s vibration) so doctors can “feel” their actions as if they were really performing surgery.
Crucially, the system uses hardware-agnostic technology and costs as little as $8,000—far less than traditional training systems—which makes it more accessible to surgeons around the world. Some 50 hospitals are already using it, including big names like the Mayo Clinic.
FundamentalVR is a technology and data insight business specializing in the intersection between immersive experiences and haptics to enhance medical training and outcomes. The SaaS platform, Fundamental Surgery, features VR Haptics technology that takes advantage of readily available virtual reality hardware to create a simulation system that can be used on any modern VR-enabled PC/laptop. Fundamental Surgery gives healthcare professionals around the world low-cost access to authentic surgical simulations with precise measurement and performance insight. FundamentalVR is based out of London and Boston.
Their surgical simulators deliver a range of procedures via a straightforward subscription model. This allows hospitals and medical learning establishments to experience high-end simulation and training experiences, on low-cost off the shelf hardware that is now readily available around the world. Health care professionals can now gain access to haptic (sense of touch) learning experiences that support knowledge transfer in ways that have only previously been available on systems costing in the region of $100,000+.
By subscribing to their simulation packages and sourcing one-off hardware (which will cost less than $10,000 per unit), you are unlocking the extensive experience of a host a host of world class surgeons whose knowledge and skill we have curated to truly democratize surgical training. The system launches with simulations focused on the Orthopedic specialism and but will quickly move into areas including Laparoscopic, General Surgery, Cardiovascular and Otolaryngology (ENT), including:
- Spinal Pedicle Screw
- Total Knee Arthroplasty
- Total Hip Arthroplasty (Posterior)
- Total Hip Arthroplasty (Anterior)
- Realistic: High fidelity virtual reality training experiences combining the sense of presence inside the OR with the unique sense of touch – feel and interact with the patient.
- Repeatable: Reset, restart, focus on an element of particular interest and then repeat it again and again. Receive real-time feedback on your performance.
- Adaptable: Through one software platform and one piece of hardware, experience new procedures, new procedure variants and new disciplines.
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.