BioflightVR Trains CHLA for High-risk Pediatric Traumas
Oculus has partnered with Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to match surgeons with VR developers like BioflightVR. With virtual reality medical training and simulation modules, BioflightVR helps students and doctors refine their skills and learn-by-doing for increased retention and proficiency. And with detailed virtual reality medical animations, BioflightVR helps patients become better informed about their bodies, illnesses and health issues. The virtual reality doctor training and 360° enhanced videos help physicians and surgeons learn about new products and procedures within their field.
In a recent Venture Beat article, Shauna Heller, executive director on the project and former developer relations liaison for non-game projects at Oculus said, “This is a really important part of VR. It takes a game technology and enables it to be used for training in the medical space, where children’s lives are on the line.”
An Oculus.com article about the project, describes the need:
Pediatric emergencies—though relatively rare—are by their very definition severe, with doctors, nurses, and techs battling the clock and working in a much tighter window. These high-stakes, low-frequency events create an ethical dilemma: How do you properly train medical personnel and provide best-in-class care without putting patients at risk?
“We’ve been testing the validity of VR as a training and assessment tool for medical resuscitations, and the preliminary results are strong,” says CHLA Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physician Josh Sherman. “Even physicians with little video game experience caught on quickly and gave us great feedback. We’re also seeing a similar stress response in the VR experiences compared to real-life ER situations. Our trainees know it’s a simulation, but it feels real—and that makes all the difference.”