Healthcare Simulation Industry News Updates | May 2023
As the healthcare field continues to evolve, so does the use of medical simulation technology to train and educate healthcare professionals. This HealthySimulation.com article will highlight the most recent developments in clinical simulation from around the world. Together, these industry updates help paint a picture of where the healthcare simulation industry is presently and where the industry is headed as the scope of clinical simulation practice expands. Below are some of the world’s latest clinical simulation updates from May 2023.
HTC Vive Designs XR Training Solutions for Healthcare : A new eBook from HTC Vive gives readers the tips needed to succeed in the healthcare industry as a VR developer, understand the needs of medical educators and students, as well as how to meet the stringent data security requirements set by the industry. This ebook brings valuable insights from VR solution developers and medical professionals, and offers guidance on how to:
- Address the lack of standardization in healthcare equipment.
- Identify key stakeholders to enhance VR solution development.
- Navigate strict security requirements to expedite approval processes.
The contributors to this ebook include:
- Brent Kopp – Account Director, HTC VIVE
- Lewis Chang – Head of Medical VR, HTC VIVE
- Nichole Brown, Ph.D., RN – Cleveland Clinic
- Lance Baily – Founder & CEO of Healthy Simulation
- Kurt Kratchman – CEO at Virti
- Karthik Sarma – Co-founder & CTO of SimX
The Practicality of VR Standardization in Clinical Training: In a new episode in HTC’s Practicality of VR series, guest host Lance Baily, CEO of Healthysimulation.com, delves into the practical applications of Virtual Reality (VR) in clinical practice. The discussion highlights the technologies driving standardization and repeatability in clinical training, with a focus on Virti’s advanced VR content-building capabilities.
Joining the conversation is Mark Zhang, head of the American Medical Extended Reality Association (AMXRA), who shares his perspective on the trends shaping various sectors in the 21st century.
Key insights covered in the episode include
- Case studies of leading medical centers, such as Brigham and Women’s Hospital and institutions in Taiwan, that utilize VR to enhance clinical training and education.
- The advantages of digital training in clinical education.
- The evaluation of learning outcomes through VR.
- The potential of VR technologies to improve communication and collaboration in clinical settings.
Find more helpful Virtual Reality in Medicine updates from HTC Vive in the recent article HTC Vive Shares Helpful Resources on Use of Virtual Reality in Healthcare Simulation.
Real Responses Uses Mixed Reality for Aeromedical Training : Real Response, an Australian training company that specializes in medical, trauma, and safety training, uses Varjo’s mixed reality headsets to overcome the limitations of accessing real aircraft for aeromedical training. Mixed reality training fills a much-needed gap that offers cost-effective access to otherwise expensive or inaccessible environments.
Real Response’s BlueRoom simulation platform, developed with the Australian Defence Innovation Hub, provides a fully immersive training experience. This platform along with the Varjo XR-3 Focal Edition, a headset that offers high-resolution visuals, allows trainees to interact with real-world objects and enhances fine motor skills development. The platform’s mission control system enables instructors to modify scenarios in real-time, to optimize training simulations. Real Response also integrates biometrics and is in collaboration with an AI engine to analyze student stress levels and provide recommendations.
New Research Journal Launches “Advances in Virtual Reality-Implications for Medical Care, Patient and Provider Education” : This Research Topic aims to bring together a collection of papers that individually and collectively address and assess the current impact of VR on advances in medical technology and care, with papers that use current advances to predict the future of VR in medical care and patient and provider education.With a unique mix of varied contributions from Original Research to Review Articles, Research Topics unify the most influential researchers, the latest key findings and historical advances in a hot research area!
Free Training Guide “Healthcare Simulation Lab Planning: A Guide for Getting Started”: What’s in the Guide? What to consider when expanding, renovating, or creating a new simulation space. Key players involved and their needs and requirements for the space. How to acquire different funding methods. Equipment and supplies needed and questions to ask vendors.
Intelligent Ultrasound Adds Endometriosis Module : Intelligent Ultrasound (IU) has introduced an endometriosis module to its ScanTrainer ultrasound simulation platform. The module includes e-learn modules and endometriosis cases to aid sonographers in learning to identify the disease, and aims to improve for early diagnosis and appropriate referrals. Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to those in the womb are found in other parts of the body, that causes inflammation, pain and potential infertility. The module allows clinicians to practice systematic evaluation of the pelvis and identify endometriotic disease through the use of real ultrasound images. The new module will be showcased at the World Congress on Endometriosis and will be formally launched in May 2023.
The Future of Healthcare: How Virtual Reality is Transforming Surgical Training : A recent article from Richard Vincent, Co-founder & CEO of FundamentalVR, highlights the transformative impact of virtual reality (VR) on surgical training. Traditional training methods have remained unchanged for 150 years, limiting access to realistic rehearsal opportunities. FundamentalVR’s VR simulators offer a solution with a combination of situational awareness, haptic feedback, and machine learning to deliver immersive surgical training experiences. VR training accelerates the learning curve, improves patient outcomes, saves time and costs, refines surgical capabilities, and provides deep data insights. The platform is hardware-agnostic, offers different types of VR surgical training, and has been successfully deployed in various disciplines.
Operative Experience Inc. Update on Tactical Casualty Care Simulator: Grounded in History, Going Forward with Innovation Operative Experience Inc. is no newcomer to simulation-based training. In fact, it began on those very shoulders of earlier generations of simulation-based pioneers. OEI’s Chairman and CEO, Lou Oberndorf, has a long history of pioneering in patient simulation as do the rest of the leadership team. We take a look at how that history has helped mold Operative Experience into a healthcare simulation leader with a passion for innovation.
Wesley Lockhart, PhD.c, MSMS, CHSE, CHSOS – Wesley has been involved in medical simulation for almost two decades, having started his simulation career as a Standardized Patient throughout high school and college. His first position out of college while preparing for medical school was a simulation technician at UC Riverside, he fell in love with medical simulation and the impact it could have on future providers and their future patients. After deciding against medical school, Wesley pursued a graduate degree in Medical Simulation from Drexel University, received his CHSE and CHSOS from SSH, and is currently a PhD candidate at MGH-IHP. Currently, Wesley works as the Simulation Director at the newly established University of Texas Tyler School of Medicine after 8 years at UC Riverside. His interests in simulation focus on Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Mastery learning, Debriefing, and integrating simulation into established curricula. Wesley lives in East Texas with his wife Kristen, daughter Sophie, and 3 standard poodles. When not head down in a simulation scenario, Wesley enjoys video games, fantasy novels, escape rooms, and board games with friends.