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Technology and Medicine, a fusion to improve health

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Technological development and progress in the field of science facilitate a new model of interactive training: Clinical Simulation, the teaching of the most present future.

Contractions are becoming more and more frequent and dilatation is the optimum way to take patient X to the operating theatre and thus prepare for the birth of the baby. 

Those responsible for the well-being of this future mother observe in detail all the movements, measure the pulsations and visualize through the birth canal the position of the baby, fully placed and ready for his imminent arrival in the real world, or not. 

Because this apparently realistic scene is nothing more than a recreation of a situation that the students of the Health Sciences area of any university will have to face when the time comes.

The implementation of technology and great scientific advances in the field of medicine has been a reality for decades. 

Virtual Reality, the key to innovation in medicine and training

Without it, it would not have reached the quality standards we enjoy today, as can be seen in the application of virtual reality, the development of tissues and organs with 3D printers or the use of Big Data to make a more personalized and preventive medicine. 

Faced with this unstoppable development, the inclusion of these innovations begins to extend to a previous phase, specifically the training period for future doctors. In them, students are faced with highly realistic scenarios that allow trial and error in a safe environment.

Nursing, another sector in which training clearly benefits

Nursing, another and equally important branch of medicine, also benefits from technological innovations such as VR or AR

Thanks to virtual simulation, future nurses will be able to carry out different clinical actions such as the administration of intravenous, subcutaneous, intramuscular or intraosseous medication, vesical and nasogastric catheterizations, basic and advanced CPR simulation and even the making of beds with or without patients, among many others.


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Some Virtual Reality functions in the field of medical education that you had ignored

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RV is becoming increasingly important in fields such as medicine and education. 

Innovations in VR and AR are not limited to the leisure and entertainment sector. In this blog, we have already talked on other occasions about the adaptability of RV in different disciplines, such as medicine and training. 

This system is opening up many possibilities for professionals in the sector. In the training of students, for surgery operations or in the treatment of diseases are some of the most prominent. We have already told you about all of them on the Simlab IT blog. 

However, there are some uses and applications of Virtual Reality in the field of medical training that you had overlooked. 

May Offer a Way to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment

Alzheimer’s is a disease that has no cure. There are virtual reality techniques that can help patients regain cognitive abilities. They are done by reproducing images from the past.

The aim of this system is to enhance the patient’s concentration and improve their attitude, since apathy or lack of concentration are problems that derive from this disease. These methods are carried out through the reproduction of events, experiences or family gatherings that can stimulate the patient’s memory.

Fight against obesity

Virtual reality can help medical professionals diagnose diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Another disease very present in our society, which could be combated with this technology, is obesity.

The method, which they have called ‘Augmented Satiety’, has been developed by researchers in Tokyo. The patient can see an increased portion of food with the help of virtual reality. That portion will increase in size, but in reality you will still have the original piece in your hand. As a result, the brain is deceived into thinking that we are eating something bigger than it really is.

Reduction of ‘phantom limb’ pain

Phantom limb syndrome is the perception of pain by a person with an amputated limb.  The brain continues to send impulses to the amputated area, and the absence of stimuli generates pain.

Virtual reality allows the patient to restore the brain state prior to amputation. The system is carried out with a monitor, a camera and by placing a marker on the residual limb. The patient sees the movements on the monitor thanks to electrodes that capture the electrical activity of the muscles.

In this post we have highlighted some uses and applications of Virtual Reality in the field of medical training less known, highlighted or striking, but equally important and decisive in the advancement of science itself.


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Virtual Reality and Medicine: Uses and Applications for the Benefit of Patients

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If there is one sector in which technology offers promising applications, it is Medicine and Virtual Reality. Although the human component is the main thing, having advanced medical equipment always represents an immediate increase in the chances of success. Until now, we have seen all kinds of instruments to apply surgical techniques or treatments, even robotized. 

All very tangible. Now, medical professionals also have virtual or augmented reality equipment for the performance of their work and applications such as the one that Simlab IT makes available to training and health professionals, who can now easily create lessons in Virtual Reality to simulate various situations in which future doctors must know how to operate. 

Uses and Applications of Virtual Reality in Medicine

Augmented Reality for doctors training

A mixed reality system that allows physicians to view and interact with virtual replicas of patients, their organs, bones, or body parts. Through hand movements and gestures, students and trainee physicians will be able to simulate lifestyle and treatment effects using custom 3D virtual models based on actual patient medical records.

Augmented reality for doctors to explain themselves better

This virtual reality system could also be used to visually demonstrate medical problems, areas in which surgery will be performed, improvements that could be introduced after treatment, or damage caused by harmful addictive substances such as tobacco.

VR Combined with anesthesia

The usefulness of Virtual Reality at the service of patients is also being proposed in the consultations as support for treatments with anesthesia. Those moments in which we rarely feel comfortable and which, due to the nature of generally invasive treatments, anesthesia solves only part of the anguish of many patients.

is also being proposed in the consultations as support for treatments with anesthesia. Those moments in which we rarely feel comfortable and which, due to the nature of generally invasive treatments, anesthesia solves only part of the anguish of many patients.

Modern medicine stands out for its multidisciplinary teamwork and complex decision-making. These aspects force medical professionals and students to continue their training at all times, since they will always have to face new problems and will have to give adequate answers to the needs of the patient.

New technologies such as VR and AR allow robotics to be combined with technology, achieving scenarios that are very similar to reality and improving the quality and content of training.


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The simplest way to make the best of virtual reality in education

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In recent years, much has been said about the momentum that VR technology has taken, both for the future of video games and in education. Virtual reality in education becomes an opportunity for many fields due to the simulation capacity it provides and the savings in resources for organizations.

Even if it sounds like something out of a futuristic movie, there are already some institutions that are using this technology to train their staff. One of the best known is healthcare, where students are trained to handle ships in different types of scenarios. In this way, they prepare them for the real situations in which they may find themselves.

And it is not something strange that virtual reality is used in the field of education. Many benefits are found with the use of this technology and the devices do not require as much investment thanks to the high competitiveness among the main developers who always seek to be at the forefront.

Applications of Virtual Reality in Education

Currently, there are institutions that are already applying virtual reality in education and we can find several examples that are very interesting and provide ideas to apply in your country.

Virtual school trips

There are schools that are already using the VR so that all students can visit places like the most important museums around the world, using the virtual tours that many of these same museums already offer for this type of technology.

Similarly, there are already applications that offer a virtual tour through the solar system, ideal for science classes.

Internet giant Google has a program called Google Expeditions that targets schools and offers virtual tours of cultural areas that are physically far from schools.

You can also return to the past with applications such as Jurassic Virtual Reality that takes you back to the time of the dinosaurs and gives users the chance to experience life in this period.

One more example that we can find are the lessons that university students receive through the VR to identify dangers at work without having to expose themselves to risky situations.

Content creation

Now you can create immersive experiences with VR technology. This type of software will help students become virtual creators where they can perform various actions such as recreating historical sites from their homeland.

There are also universities that teach design in architecture with virtual reality tools which facilitates learning for students.

Special Education

There are already schools, which are using the Oculus Rift to help children with special needs. One of its applications is for therapeutic exercises for children with autism.

Medical applications

Many universities already apply RA and VR technology by simulating real-life situations and allowing students to learn more about certain problems that arise.

VR has been shown to be very useful in stimulating patients’ minds during medical procedures. Another field that has benefited greatly has been the teaching of virtual anatomy.

Innovating in education with virtual reality

One of the types of teaching that can benefit from this technology is healthcare education. Medical training with virtual reality is possible thanks to the devices that exist now and that are becoming popular thanks to games. One of the best known is the Oculus that has been sowing fruits since its launch. This has been joined by other prestigious companies such as HTC, Samsung and Sony who are investing resources in perfect immersion of users in these digital worlds.

In addition, one of the tools that each person has in their pocket is the Smartphone and this is vital for many of these devices to work. Each year, the phones improve their quality and make it possible for this type of education to reach all homes and offices. With high definition screens, e-learning platforms can immerse the user in a controlled virtual environment. And, being a distance learning platform, one can control one’s own hours of study according to one’s agenda.

Several fields are already applying this new technology to improve the level of teaching. Also, some companies implement training platforms that are able to use the latest advances to achieve a faster and more effective training of future doctors, firefighters, aviators, and more.

Virtual reality in education is the next step for better learning and is just one of the many tools that are appearing today and that can be applied in different ways. Many companies already offer this type of service for various organizations and it is up to each institution to apply this technology correctly to be at the forefront of teaching.


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The complete beginner’s guide to using virtual reality in education

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The application of virtual reality and augmented reality in education is one of the most important issues of the moment. 

A recent report by Horizon 2016, one of the most respected analytical groups, devotes several pages to the issue of the use of augmented and virtual reality in education. The report reveals that potential applications for training, education and learning in the fields of medicine and health are the most promising.

What is Virtual reality and Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality is a new direction separated from virtual reality, which grew into a distinct branch in its own right. 

Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality does not replace the real world that surrounds you completely, but increases and enriches it, adding layers of information to the things around us. So what is the practical use of virtual reality in education?

How you should use it 

The virtual reality is still very much in its infancy, and is not widely available to the general public. However, certain practical applications of the technology are already on the market. For example, one can create virtual panoramic tours with images overlaid with text, which enable learners to explore the object of study from all sides.

¿What are the benefits of using virtual reality in education?

1. Active learning

VR takes you into a new world full of new experiences, taking your imagination and learning to a whole new level. This is fundamental in terms of learning.

You are more likely to remember things you are involved in than things you just heard. So these experiences will make your learning lasting.

2. No distractions

VR isolates you from the world and takes you to the imagination of technology. The world of imagination is unlimited and creative. Without distractions, the learning experience and the ability to learn increases. Longer attention spans and focused learning will allow you to learn in depth, which in turn will be effective in the long term.

3. Immediate Commitment

The RV is something different. Through role-playing games and activities performed by experts, you are forced to participate in them. Your addiction is what makes it unique.

The mixed approach satisfies the needs and requirements of all students through a mixture of virtual reality systems and virtual simulation games. The options available in VR are numerous. So you won’t be disappointed when it comes to getting your attention.

4. Understanding complex concepts

It allows you to understand and question different laws and theories that are otherwise not understandable to any person. Learning new skills, subjects and languages is much easier to learn through VR.

5. Learning Styles

Visual and experiential learning improves your retention capacity. This learning style is so far the most successful for students of all ages.

We are at the starting point and key to a new technical revolution, and in the coming years both virtual and augmented reality will be used in innovative ways to improve training and education in general. 


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8 Advantages Of Virtual Reality Trainings

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Advances in VR technology has opened many opportunities for academics and professionals to use Virtual Reality simulations for educational and training purposes. The realistic content provided through VR simulations enables the students/trainees to build practical skills and in depth knowledge in their field.

But how is virtual reality training different from traditional training? and what are the advantages that will make this solution a revolution in the field of trainings and skills teaching? Here we answer to these question by listing eight benefits of virtual reality trainings.

Advantages Of Virtual Reality Trainings

Risk Free Training

One of the biggest issues faced by practical trainings is the large risk initiated by putting the trainees in a new and uncontrolled environment; for example a surgery environment in the medical field or a machine in factory and maintenance trainings. The virtual reality simulations neutralise this risk while keeping the same training features, by creating the same environment virtually and putting the trainees inside without having to worry about the risk.

Realistic Scenarios

The simulations are built based on real-life operations and manipulations needed in after training situations. For example in medical field, Ve-Top is collaborating with universities such as Savonia University Of Applied Sciences to build simulations that imite with high precision the situations that encounters nurses in hospitals.

Can Be Done Remotely

With VR simulations, the trainings no longer need a trainer in place to guide and give instructions to trainees. The content can be put in a platform such as Simlab IT platform, that gathers all the simulations and give users access to the right content. Simlab IT platform also enables the trainers (Professionals, Teachers…) to track their trainees performances through a dashboard using data analysis and data visualization techniques.

Improves retention and recall

The main purpose of a training and what really differentiate it from theoretical learning is building a muscle memory. The mere observation of a skill cannot be sufficient to acquire that skill, especially when the training is about medical skills, maintenance, or high precision manipulations.

VR trainings solves this problem by enabling trainees to use their hands to manipulate anything inside the simulation. This can be done either by controllers or by VR gloves.

Simplifies complex problems/situations

Virtual Reality simulations are built in such a way to simplify the most complex notions and situations that cannot be understood with traditional trainings.

It enables the trainees to discover the tiny details in a system that we aim to study without the constraints that can be encountered in real trainings.

Suitable for different learning styles

When doing a training with virtual reality, the trainee will have all the freedom to test anything in the simulation in order to build an in depth understanding according to his own learning style. Furthermore Ve-Top platform provides a recommendation system based on machine learning, to suggest contents based on user’s data and previous simulations results.

Innovative and enjoyable

This is a very important advantage, because training is easier if the experience is pleasant or enjoyable which means higher level of engagement and understanding.

Cost effective

In 2013, organizations on average spent $1,208 per employee on training and development [1]. The cost of medical training is even more expensive (dulls and Equipements, trainers…). The virtual reality simulations will enable a low price training by reducing the cost of training material, trainees safety costs, trainers salaries, and more…

This huge opportunity is taken by Simlab IT as a challenge to make training smarter and easier to access for every trainee. Simlab IT is working with universities, companies, and hospitals to take full advantage of this amazing technology and make the training an enjoyable experience.

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Virtual Reality And Its Applications

Virtual Reality And Its Applications

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Virtual reality, also known as computer-stimulated reality, is a simulation of physical objects and places to allow the user to interact with these objects. It is based on imitating the human senses of touch, sight, hearing and smell. In education, virtual reality comes in as a solution to many problems. Many of the objects which students are unable to interact with become more real and are stimulated to aid learning.

In medicine, virtual reality is a solution to some of the practical aspects. With body donation being more complex and unwelcomed than ever, it becomes important to work with virtual human bodies. Students can even try their surgeries on live stimulated bodies, and this becomes easier to understand and apply. Some aspects of medicine have lacked enough practice facilities.

A good example is the finding of veins in babies. While many students get challenges in applying that, virtual reality models the baby using and then one finds the vein to draw blood for examination. Diseases may be tested on patients who have been stimulated so that the result is determined and proper decisions made before release.

Virtual reality is also applicable in geographical study, where it enables students interact with landscapes such as the Polar Regions which are inhabitable, without having to go there. In studying soils, stimulation is done on the soils found in layers which are very deep in the earth surface. Learners can then feel and even check the color of the soils under study. Water tables may be shown using the same technique too.

In astronomy, learners are able to interact with planets in the solar system. Forces such as gravitational forces of the earth and starts is illustrated. Learners can move the planets about and see the impact. They can also play around the stars, even the sun, to see the planets falling out of space. This is a more practical approach, and even more, in three dimensional. The students who easily learn using symbols and physical objects understand this better, and thus are not left behind.

Virtual study is more interactive and interesting learning method for learners. It is easier to teach students with what they interact with mainly. Nowadays, they interact more with technology, and technology is the way to teach them. They have definitely seen those movies applying virtual reality, so using the same method to teach them is the best way of teaching. As education is moving away from ink and papers, interactive technology is a perfect replacement.

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Is Edtech Killing the Classic Classroom?

Is Edtech Killing the Classic Classroom?

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Simlab IT Attends Opening of Ukrainian Catholic University’s Sheptytsky Center/LibraryIn a landmark day for education and EdTech on September 11th, one of Ukraine’s top universities, UCU, launched a new multipurpose information and resource center called the Metropolitan

Andrew Sheptytsky Center. Simlab IT is proud to announce that our CEO and co-founder, Robert Taylor was invited to be a part of the events to mark the opening of the world-class building which would primarily function as a modern educational center and humanities library but simultaneously serve as a site that addresses and combines many of the community’s needs.

According to the university, the progressive center will be an innovation hub open to the public. Its unique functions played a major role in determining the building’s structure and design which are modern and dynamic. The library aims to provide more opportunities for the current and future generation of students in Ukraine and foster better study, research, collective work and overall education experience for students, teachers and guests of the university.

Additionally, the Entrepreneurship Center at Ukrainian Catholic University (run by UCU’s Lviv Business School and Space for Educational Initiatives) will also be hosting several of its activities in the Sheptytsky Center. The first of these was a discussion held on the 12th, the day after the opening ceremony, where panelists discussed the future of education next to EdTech and how the two will either work together to drastically improve the way kids learn or kill classical education completely.

Speaking at the event, our CEO introduced the company as a VR solutions provider for medicine and education and explained how the two fields as a whole will benefit different from this technology. He said, “At Simlab IT, we are a company that creates educational technology in the field of medicine.

And, unfortunately, I think that EdTech for the classical education in this area is crushing. In medicine, technology creates new forms of learning that help deepen students’ knowledge and skills. Artificial intelligence, virtual and added reality will make training in this area based on analytics and more personalized, and therefore much more effective.”

Also present at the discussion, was Oles Datsko who is the CMO at the Finnish company XEdu. Datsko asserted his position on EdTech, stating that he sees it as a salvation for the current education systems. To him, virtual reality and other technologies will provide new, important opportunities to save education rather than kill it.

Other noteworthy invitees who were present at the events and part of the discussion were Andriy Tabachyn – the co-founder of Ukrainian-based education startup EdPro, Oksana Pasichynk- an expert of digital technologies in education and Yana Rathman (via Skype) a mixed learning expert who was formerly at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Oracle and Cisco, among other top companies.

All those present agreed that educational technologies should not be focused on the university or the teachers, but on the collective needs of students. And that the Metropolitan Andrew Sheptytsky Center was a step in the right direction towards creating opportunities to help students grow creatively and increase the desire for innovation.

ABOUT Simlab IT:

Simlab IT is a portfolio company of Finland-based EdX. The company is a specialty edtech firm known for providing organizations with the tools and platforms to drive better virtual reality education and training methods which can all be easily delivered online.

To learn more about Simlab’s services or request more information about the company, you can visit the company website at www.simlabit.com


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Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Virtual Reality in the Classroom

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The Simlab It team works every day so that our distribution platform allows educators to make the most of virtual reality. We want to show you the incredible advantages that are obtained with the virtual reality that is used and developed for educational purposes. 

We are beginning to see how more and more VR is being implemented in schools, colleges and universities in Europe. 

Applications like ours are proving to be incredibly successful for both teacher and student. 

Below we will highlight and analyse some of the uses that VR admits in the classroom and how these can help us to have a better education and better prepared students. 

5 incredible ways that Virtual Reality is improving education

The VR revolution looks here to stay this time. Gaming and mvies are creating many of headlines, however the use of VR in clasroom is set to take the education sector by storm. Here are five benefits of using Virtual Reality in the classroom. 

Pupils are taken to places they would never normally get to visit

Imagine visiting the Natural History Museum in London, without even leaving the clasroom? 

Well trips like this are now made possible with virtual reality. Incredibly useful not only from a cost and time saving point of view, but students who haven´t the means to ever go on a field trip, now have the chance to visually experience the wonders of the world in just a click of a button. 

Assists students with disabilities

Whether it be a physical or emotional disability, the aid of VR can help them to flourish. There are no physical boundaries with VR. Programmes and apps can be tailored made to assist those progress was once slow using traditional teaching methods. 

It opens up a number of doors of opportunity that was once deemed closed. 

It enables teachers to assess the progress of students

The advanced of VR is allowing teachers to assess student comprehension in the moment of learning. This can include real-time assessments and instant polling. It can expecificaly be used to help teachers consider the emotional impact of their learning activities, assessments and teaching method. 

Improves students engagements

Let’s face it, trying to keep fully engaged for wishlist a teacher is speaking or writing the board, can be difficult at the best of times. Research has shown that we see, and up to 90% what we do or simulate. It is scientifically prove in that Virtual Reality keeps the user fully engaged and immersed in their new environment. It is an active rather than passive way of learning. 

Helps students prepare for employment

Virtual Reality can help make a student’s time in the classroom more effective in preparation for the job market. For example, it’s now possible to take virtual job interviews or learn health and safety on a construction site for example. 

Technology can even allow medical students, to safety prepare infusions for patients without the need of a physical body. Practical engaging learning that will assist in preparation for future employment. 

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Applications of Virtual Reality in training and education

Applications of Virtual Reality in training and education

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Today we want to talk about Virtual Reality and its uses in training and education.  There are many applications where Virtual Reality can be a key point. Not only helping training but also saving companies a lot of time and money.

We can also approach it as an easy and fun way to learn. There are many companies, foundations and associations that are joining this way of experiencing culture and offer us, from their websites, this type of visualization.

Virtual Reality applied to training

Medicine

The virtual world has no limits and that is why we can apply it to all the areas we can think of.

An example of this is this way of applying VR. If you’re a medical student or just curious about the human anatomical structure, here’s a fun way to learn and explore our inner world.  This type of project allows us, in addition to creating immersive experiences, to develop interactive lessons for faster learning.

Study without books

More and more schools and institutes are approaching education from the virtual world. Through various applications it is possible to take students anywhere. In this article you can understand the power that Virtual Reality has in the field of education.  It’s a fun way to learn about history, anatomy, algebra, biology… without a lot of effort. This increases curiosity and the desire to learn from a very early age.

Health and safety training

There are many companies, especially engineering companies, that need to train their employees before handling certain machinery. This is usually done with a full-scale recreation of non-functional equipment. In this way operators can learn to operate this type of equipment without having to put themselves in danger or break the equipment.

With virtual reality we do not need a real model, just a virtual model that allows the same actions and VR glasses with which to immerse ourselves in the simulation. You can also program all the actions you want with their corresponding triggers.

Training for firefighters and rescue workers

There are professions that require a certain level of realism when it comes to training. Not only realism of environments, but in veracity of the situation. A fire, an air rescue or a complex landing are scenarios that are expensive to recreate in the physical world, but which can nevertheless be very truthful and cheap if we simulate them with Virtual Reality.

Like a first-person videogame with immersive technology: VR glasses and controls, we can reproduce with great realism situations that require quick reactions. These immersive experiences can be as complex as the simulation requires, but always with intuitive controls that are as close as possible to the real controls.

The world of Virtual Reality has no limits. In Simlab IT we bet on these applications and on the discovery of many more, always focused on the field of training in education or the health sector. Therefore, if you know of any other interesting application or have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to comment below, or contact us.

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