In late 2016, AiSolve partnered with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), Facebook and Oculus and developers Bioflight to create and deploy medical VR simulations that replicate paediatric emergencies difficult to train and prepare for in real life.
For the past year, this simulation training pilot was conducted by CHLA doctors researching the validity of immersive technology as a training tool for med students by placing them in high-stress environments where users are challenged to make life-saving decisions under extreme pressure.
The training simulation formed the backbone of a six-month pilot study in mid-2017 to test whether VR could be a viable platform for medical training. Data from the study was analysed and shared in early 2018 by the principle researchers on the pilot, DR. Todd Chang and DR. Josh Sherman.
The initial results were promising and as the development partner who handled programming, artificial intelligence development and platform integration on the project, we at AiSolve couldn’t be more excited to continue to support this program.
Shauna Heller, AiSolve president, Executive Director of the project and Oculus alum had this to say. “It’s very satisfying to bring this important area of VR development to the forefront of medical training. It’s also fantastic to work with former colleagues at Facebook and Oculus on something that we are all passionate about. VR succeeds when it solves problems, shares knowledge and saves lives. The CHLA VR sim training program is definitely VR succeeding.”
The pilot has not only generated attention within the US but has also captured worldwide attention at healthcare institutions in Europe, Asia and India. Cultivating new partners and bringing simulation training to the forefront of global training is part of our mission at AiSolve.
Doctors and medical professionals, no matter where they are based, have shown interest since hearing about the impact of this VR pilot at CHLA. Devi Kolli, CEO of AiSolve: “It’s been an honor to be a partner on the CHLA pediatric sims and with our offices in England and North America we’re pleased to back further research and deployment of the modules across Europe and the US.”
The 11 new pilot locations represent medical institutions and healthcare centres in the US and Europe with additional sites being reviewed constantly. Those initial 11 partners will start receiving the CHLA paediatric VR simulations later this year. Oculus, one of our favorite hardware partners in general and one of the partners on the original CHLA pilot, will deploy Oculus Go headsets as part of the expansion.
Expansion partners for the CHLA VR simulation training pilot include: Kaiser Permanente Health Network Southern California, University of Washington, New York Presbyterian Health, Yale-New Haven Health, New York University / Langone Medical Center, Stanford University & Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital, Ojai Valley Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Alabama, John Hopkins University Health System, Universität Wien (University of Vienna), University of Bern.
Rachel Umoren (MD, MS) of University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital added: “Immersive VR simulations help learners build new memories through realistic experiences that traditional methods cannot provide. Doctors and other healthcare providers can repeat a task over and over in the simulation with standardized feedback, honing and perfecting their skills. The U of Washington is excited to collaborate with Dr. Chang and others to explore the use of VR paediatric resuscitation simulations.”
Dr. Todd Chang: “I am looking forward to the innovative approaches each institution uses to implement VR. Essentially, we’re crowdsourcing the best practices of VR training in healthcare, throughout the U.S., the U.K., and the world.”
Much of the research involving VR is still in the early stages of development. This pilot targeted childhood seizure and shock as the first two resuscitation procedures to translate into VR simulation. However, the doctors look forward to expanding the collection of modules to include other skills and procedures within emergency medicine and low-frequency and high-stake scenarios.
Said Doctor Chang: “Now that we have the proof-of-concept, we’re thinking about other skills and medical scenarios that are considered low-frequency, high-stakes within our field and in larger fields such as emergency medicine, critical care, obstetrics.”
One of the most compelling reasons to pursue VR for medical simulation training is the major cost savings made by scaling this style of immersive learning. It’s important to note that even in the specialist case of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, not only did the facility get massively improved training but also saved significantly on the cost of delivering that training over time.
This type of AI-powered VR sim training also offers customization tailored to individual learners and convenience as to where the training can be performed. Standard medical simulation often requires significant amounts of personel and space but with VR, med students and residents can train in small areas on their own schedules. That’s huge for users who are always pressed for time and space.
AiSolve will also be showcasing the technology behind the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles VR simulation training pilot at DIDAC in India on the 4th-6th October. VRSims, AiSolve’s proprietary platform for immersive VR training content development, will available to demo in the British pavallion, where company President, North America, Shauna Heller will be available to demo the platform and meet with prospective partners. Shauna will also be speaking on ‘Enhanced learning with virtual reality’ during DIDAC’s learning workshop conference. Visit the team at stand G6 to learn more.
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