November 16, 2021By Lance Baily

New Clinical Simulation Book Focuses on Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare

Healthcare simulation books help provide education and insight into clinical simulation trends, innovations, standards, and more. As the world’s leading healthcare simulation resource, is committed to sharing information about the latest clinical simulation books to have been published. Discussing how virtual reality is disrupting healthcare, authors Dr. Walter Greenleaf, LaVonne Roberts, and Robert Fine published their book “Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Case Studies and Perspectives” in November 2021. In this book, they share how VR simulation is continuously reshaping the future of medicine.

According to the authors, this clinical simulation book was developed is for healthcare professionals, academics, technologists, designers, research scientists, learners, and anyone who wants to gain a deeper understanding of the benefits of VR applications in medical settings. Within the text, they showcase the latest, cutting-edge applications through a broad selection of companies and healthcare organizations across the globe shaping patient-centric digital healthcare.

Sixty-six contributing authors who use VR to improve clinical skill training and enhance patient outcomes across several key healthcare sectors helped contribute to this comprehensive exploration of the most current research, methodology, and best practices for health systems leveraging VR technology. In addition to being an educational tool, the authors hope this book may also influence policymakers to guide legislation that helps support its growth and address healthcare data privacy concerns.

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The “Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Case Studies and Perspectives” book is ultimately broken down into eleven sections: Perspectives, Surgery; Training, Pediatrics; Mental Health Therapy; Elderly Care; Health and Wellness; Hospital Management; Pain Management and Neurological Rehabilitation; Evaluation; and New Frontiers. Across these sections, topics range from why 3D modeling works for surgical planning to how animals benefit from veterinary virtual reality.

More About the Authors

Robert Fine: In 2011, Robert Fine, the executive director of the International Virtual Reality Healthcare Association (IVRHA), launched the only printed magazine covering social media, The Social Media Monthly. In January 2014, he launched his second print title, “The Startup Monthly.” In May 2016, he launched, a content vertical on all things virtual reality. In addition to his publishing endeavors, Fine continues to provide IT strategic planning consulting services to both the private sector and non-profit communities.

Fine was the Senior Director of Global Strategy and Development of IT at Conservation International (CI). Robert joined CI in 2000 to take responsibility for connecting all of CI’s forty field offices to the Internet with broadband connectivity. During his 10 year tenure, he built an international staff of 25 IT professionals.

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Fine has over ten years of additional work experience as a system and sales engineer with various companies including CMGI, Hughes Network Systems, ioWave, and Raytheon, as well as two of his own consulting companies: GeoPlan, Inc., and The Cool Blue Company. Fine has a bachelor’s de- gree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, a master’s degree in environmental science and public policy from Johns Hopkins University, and is ABD at George Mason University.

LaVonne Roberts: LaVonne Roberts is an editor and contributing author to “Applied Virtual Reality in Healthcare: Case Studies and Perspectives.” She is an essayist, editor, and independent journalist covering science, health, and tech. In 2021, she was awarded an MIT Tech Review fellowship. Building on a diverse entrepreneurial career in design, finance, and tech, Roberts writes about unabashedly bold visionaries and disruptors who use technology to improve health and extend lives. Her passions lie in robotics, virtual reality, neuroscience, and the chemistry of gastronomy. Roberts’ award-winning essays can be found in many anthologies and publications like The New York Times, CNN, The Independent, and

Roberts came to media via the tech world. She’s best known for her role in the formation of XOOM (XMCM), a global top 10 website, where she was a founding shareholder. After mentoring and leading many startups, Roberts returned to college to study writing. She graduated from The New School’s Creative Writing MFA Program with a degree in Nonfiction in 2020, building on her Written Arts degree from Bard College. While at Bard, she founded WRITE ON!, a Bard College-funded and staffed initiative that provides free creative writing workshops for many silenced populations like female survivors of domestic abuse and adults facing homelessness.

“VR creators are extending sensory engagement to our other senses, like touch and smell, which are deepening our immersive experience. VR, by its nature, is all-encompassing, and one of its advantages is that it can reach people in all sorts of ways, evoking emotional responses and incorporating social elements,” Roberts says. “I believe VR will be one of the most transformative technologies over this decade. The rollout of 5G technology will have a significant impact in this space, especially as cloud services allow us to consume content just like we currently consume music and movies.”

More About IVRHA

The International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association, or IVRHA, is a member-driven organization comprised of entities throughout the healthcare ecosystem, including technology companies, teaching hospitals and universities, as well as healthcare providers and insurance companies. IVRHA’s mission is to facilitate and support the growth of the virtual reality and healthcare industry as this new computing platform impacts healthcare practitioners and patients

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