How VR and AR are Innovating Healthcare Training
During the pandemic, Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine revolutionised how students performed dissections by switching from using cadavers to using AR technology to perform them virtually. Students used AR goggles to view a hologram of a human body and used virtual scalpels to perform the dissection.
Whilst there are limits on what can safely or easily be recreated in a real-world scenario for training, the same does not exist for virtual worlds. VR can be used to create training programs that simulate hard to replicate or hazardous scenarios in a safe environment.
An NHS trust used VR for its safeguarding training. VR immersed them into real scenarios from the viewpoint of children, giving them a unique opportunity to understand those situations with greater empathy.
Advanced Demonstrations for Students
At the University Hospital Leuven medical students were able to watch a live operation through the eyes of the surgeon thanks to AR technology and smart glasses. Not only were students able to view surgery being performed in real-time, but they were also able to ask questions which were relayed via AR on the smart glasses to be answered live.
Efficient & Environmentally Friendly
VR and AR technology are small and highly portable making them ideal for offering repeat training across a large geographical area. A popular headset, Oculus Quest 2, weighs well under 2kg with all accessories included so is easily shipped worldwide. This also reduces the need for people to physically travel for training, increasing efficiency and being beneficial for the environment.
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