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innovation in medicine

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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virtual reality in education

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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How virtual reality can be more than just a gimmick in training

How virtual reality can be more than just a gimmick in training

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The training of health professionals, the rehabilitation of patients and the treatment of psychological disorders are some of the main uses of Virtual Reality applied to health. 

According to all the experts, health will be, after video games, the sector that grows the most in the application of Virtual Reality in the coming years. A study by Goldman Sachs predicts that in 9 years virtual reality in health will have a turnover of 5.1 billion dollars.

How can virtual reality improve training in Healthcare?

Improve Productivity

Virtual Reality applied to health can help improve the skills of health professionals. Through virtual simulators they can perform operations or complex surgeries without risk to the patient and, in addition, thanks to virtual reality scientists can enter the organs and different parts of the human body to see in a unique way the interior of our body and improve their knowledge about their behavior.

Create better communication

A fundamental aspect of having experts who are well trained and know how to act when the system fails is that they learn from experience so that they can understand why systems act as they do, rather than simply memorizing knowledge through books or procedure manuals.

In this sense, virtual reality training offers a shortcut, by its ability to simulate realistic experiences so that the user has the feeling of living it in the first person. This avoids incurring material and personal costs when faced with dangerous situations that can even end in death, such as dealing with a fire or transporting dangerous chemicals.

Although there is still a long way to go and research on Virtual Reality applied to health, it is clear that virtual reality is a technology with enormous applications in the health field, both from the point of view of the patient and for the training of medical staff. 


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5 uses for VR in Healthcare you can try today

5 uses for VR in Healthcare you can try today

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Creating VR/ AR/ 360 video lessons to simulate situations for staff and students can be very helpful in the learning process. It can also be problematic. SimLab IT solves this by centralizing all the technology needed to create these lessons in one easy to use online platform that is shared between Universities, Governments, NGOs, and Enterprises alike. Here you have 5 uses for VR in Healthcare you can try today.

The value that VR can have applied to train processes in Healthcare has been demonstrated

Nowadays, most of them are familiar with Virtual Reality and its applications, especially in the film and video game industry. But beyond entertainment, Virtual Reality is increasingly being adopted by the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry. 

Despite being in an almost initial phase, the validity of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality in the field of training has already been demonstrated on numerous occasions. Physicians and the pharmaceutical sector is one of the most benefits they can find.

5 uses for VR in Healthcare

1. Rehabilitation

VR has great potential in the rehabilitation of patients with physical disabilities. In some cases, physicians prefer to combine traditional therapy with vocational rehabilitation therapy to simulate real-life activities that would otherwise be difficult to recreate within the clinic. In this way, VR rehabilitation sessions can occur.

2. Medical Training

Knowledge of human anatomy is the basis of all medical knowledge. As students must learn about the human body through real experiences to the extent possible, virtual reality helps to better understand the relationship between muscles, nerves, organs and blood vessels in the human body through simulations, much more real and accessible than with real cases. 

3. Manufacturing

Manufacturing in the pharma industry requires high-level control as well as precision. For this, pharma companies use complex equipment that is difficult to operate and needs trained specialists to operate them. These complex equipment can be better explained to the operators with the help of virtual reality.

4. Research

Pharma companies are heavily dependent upon key tech players like Google and Microsoft for research purposes. As the amount of the data to be processed increases, virtual reality can answer massive databases in a better fashion. VR also helps in visualizing this data.

5. Treatment

The application of VR has been very useful in some treatments of patients suffering from different types of disorders. VR can help to better understand the physical and psychological responses of patients by simulating different scenarios. This is known as exposure therapy, which is of great help to patients who have a phobia because it exposes patients to their fears in a controlled environment. 

Conclusion

Today, large companies rely heavily on virtual reality solutions for the pharmaceutical industry. They use VR in studies of interaction and prediction of objectives as well as for the creation of special scenarios to work on the training of future doctors and pharmacists.


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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 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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Six Ways Augmented Reality is Transforming the Future of Health Care

Six Ways Augmented Reality is Transforming the Future of Health Care

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As the population continues to grow and people live longer and longer, health services around the world come under increasing pressure. Training must become more efficient and innovative to meet the demands of today’s world.

Along with rising expectations about access to and quality of health service delivery, rising demand leads to resource depletion and escalating costs.

Health service delivery is one of the most important issues in our society. Improving the quality of training for our physicians and health care workers is the key challenge facing the medical profession, both now and in the immediate future. It is a puzzle that healthcare providers around the world are applying their time, energy and talent to solve. And technology like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are playing a key role.

Of all the many technologies currently applied to healthcare delivery, Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most advanced. The ability to seamlessly combine the direct sensory experience of the real world with the full power and potential of digital information technology is revolutionary.

Simlab IT works to bring virtual reality and augmented reality technology closer to healthcare training in the simplest possible way, and within everyone’s reach.

It is this immediacy that is helping to establish AR as a cutting-edge technology in healthcare. When time and resources are essential, AR allows knowledge, skills, and medical expertise to be shared remotely on the spot, ensuring they get to where they are needed most.

How AR and VR is helping to transform the face of healthcare

Here are six ways that AR and VR is helping to transform the face of healthcare so that we can better meet the challenges we face.

Eliminates Access Limitations

How do you meet the medical needs of seven billion people when there aren’t enough doctors for everyone? Traditionally, access to healthcare has been limited by the availability of a doctor so that each patient can see face to face – long queues in surgical waiting rooms, etc. The concept of telemedicine is eliminating these limitations by standardising the concept of remote medical consultations, through intelligent devices and the Internet.

AR has a key role to play in ensuring the quality of such consultations. This is especially true in our own field of surgery. Instead of being limited to diagnosis, the Today application can perform complete surgical procedures remotely, with a specialist using AR tools to guide and collaborate with a colleague in real time. The immediacy of this exchange of knowledge means that experience can go further than ever, improving access to surgery.

Driving training

The long-term solution to not having enough medical professionals is, of course, to train more. RA is already having a profound impact on medical education, with applications ranging from 3D visualizations to life-sustaining anatomical learning, to helping practicing nurses master vital sign control techniques.

A key benefit of AR as a learning tool is that it creates a highly engaging and immersive educational experience that, by combining different sensory inputs, helps retention and a better understanding of complex concepts.

Accelerating the adoption of new technologies

Innovative new technologies that promise great benefits for the delivery of health services are reaching the market continuously at a knotty pace. However, one of the challenges facing the health sector is that there is often a mismatch between a promising technology emerging from its development phase and achieving widespread adoption.

Reasons for this delay include the costs of acquiring new technologies, the time it takes to raise awareness and the need to integrate new systems, from installation to staff training.

The time lost by these delays is time lost in providing a potentially better service to patients. RA can help.

Attendance Practice

RA is an extremely useful tool to help medical professionals complete everyday tasks with greater accuracy and efficiency, from diagnosis to procedural assistance.

The time lost by these delays is time lost in providing a potentially better service to patients. RA can help.

Attendance Practice

RA is an extremely useful tool to help medical professionals complete everyday tasks with greater accuracy and efficiency, from diagnosis to procedural assistance. The applications allow you to do things like projecting anatomical cross sections onto a patient, or displaying 3D visualizations of internal organs, so the surgeon gets a “transparent” view while planning a procedure.

Similar applications help doctors locate veins for cannulation. Future uses of AR may include electronic medical records (EMR) that are automatically displayed on a device when a physician examines or consults a patient, once again highlighting the immediacy that AR can bring to medical practice.

Empowering patients

Another intriguing trend we are seeing with the use of AR in healthcare is the development of applications that enable patients to play a more proactive role in their own care.

With an iPhone or iPad, users can now self-diagnose by matching the simulation to any distortion they are experiencing in their own vision, and even the application offers a list of suggested eye specialists in their area for further consultation.

Treatment Delivery

Finally, AR is even used to treat patients in its own right, especially in relation to physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation. The basic principle behind the use of AR in this field is that digital demonstrations can be mapped directly to the movements people make as part of their therapy. By observing themselves along with the demonstration, they can refine their movements accordingly.

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