February 21, 2018

As we are in the midst of HIMSS 2018, let’s bring you up-to-date with AiSolve’s ground-breaking project, which helped pave the way for VR in medical training, placing students in a simulated operating room to experience emergency care first-hand.

To find out more, join Shauna Heller today [March 8th] at 12.00pm at the Las Vegas Sands Convention Centre, Booth 11657, where she will be discussing the impact of AI and VR in Healthcare training.

Shauna will share the case study on an innovative pilot program that brought together Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) with high-powered AI/VR development team AiSolve to deliver VR training simulations for high-stakes paediatric emergencies.

Carried out with Facebook, Oculus and Bioflight, in cooperation with doctors at CHLA, this project understandably continues to capture people’s attention. Facebook subsequently featured it at its influential F8 conference and AiSolve has since been interviewed by journalists worldwide. We frequently present the project at international healthcare events and in January this year the project received the Best Educational VR Experience at VR Fest.

At the pilot program’s heart was the objective to deliver a breakthrough in intelligent and responsive VR training for emergency paediatric trauma scenarios—specifically seizures and shock. Funded by social media giant Facebook, the CHLA medical VR sim training uses an Oculus Rift headset and Touch controllers designed not only for consumer applications but also for social and enterprise training solutions for healthcare and beyond.

At CHLA, the VR simulation creates more cost-effective, realistic and reliable training for real-life trauma situations. Rather than use mannequins – the traditional method for such training – students don VR headsets and experience emergency care scenarios in a virtual environment that looks and feels like a real-life scenario.

The VR simulation shows great promise to replace traditional mannequin-based simulations, which are expensive. Case in point: CHLA pays roughly $430,000 annually to train staff on mannequins. VR simulation can be delivered well below that price and offers streamlined distribution that allows medical students and residents to practice anywhere, anytime.

In collaboration with doctors from CHLA, AiSolve programmers created an AI-powered virtual medical environment where students make decisions and progress or re-evaluate their choices based upon responses from the virtual patient and program. The scenarios were developed from real case studies provided by the doctors and have been transformed into logic-driven, gaming style modules including multiple treatment options, authentic medical dialogue and a variety of possible medical events during a genuine paediatric emergency.  By harnessing AI, the modules can track student performance and evolve from beginner to intermediate and advanced modes.

The project began in early 2016 and went through two prototyping developments in the same year. A fully-working model was delivered in early 2017 and the development and medical teams continue to monitor and enhance the virtual world as more users learn with it. Results of the CHLA paediatric VR medical sim training program will be released later this year.

The prestigious annual HIMSS conference brings together a global audience for a first look at the latest in digital health and innovation and to learn more through a program of world-class education, cutting-edge products and solutions, plus unique networking opportunities. It provides attendees who need to gain health information and hear more about technology challenges and opportunities with the chance to discover a wide range of initiatives at one time, all under one roof.

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