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GigXR and Cambridge University launch mixed reality training application

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GigXR, Inc. a global provider of holographic healthcare training, has announced the release of a new mixed reality application called HoloScenarios.

The first module, created in partnership with the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust, will provide hyper-realistic holographic scenarios for common respiratory conditions and emergencies.

HoloScenarios simulates the entire patient care journey with lifelike realism, from assessment and diagnosis to appropriate intervention and escalation of care.

Instructors can place holographic patients and medical equipment into any training environment for users to see both their real-world physical space and the digital overlay of the holograms at same time, whether in a simulation lab, classroom or at-home study or office space for distributed learning.

This immersive learning can be accessed, delivered and shared with learners anywhere in the world.

Arun Gupta, Director of Postgraduate Education, Cambridge University Health Partnership, said:

“Mixed reality is increasingly recognized as a useful method of simulator training. As institutions scale procurement, the demand for platforms that offer utility and ease of mixed reality learning management is rapidly expanding.

“GigXR has already enabled instructors to better prepare learners with medically accurate simulation for observation and assessment.

“With HoloScenarios, we’re helping to evolve education from a mentorship-based model to one where students around the world can have equal access to top-flight expertise for mastering invention-based clinical skills.”

Delivered by the Gig Immersive Learning Platform, HoloScenarios mixed reality learning will includes asthma, anaphylaxis, pulmonary embolism and pneumonia scenarios, the development of which have been informed by subject matter experts at University of Cambridge and doctors at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust.

Professor Sir Stephen Powis, NHS National Medical Director, said:

“The NHS has always been at the forefront of medical innovation.

“This unique development by teams in Cambridge – to use life-like holographic patients in medical training – could enhance the learning experience of our next generation of doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, by creating new environments to practice medicine in real time, while improving access to training worldwide.”

HoloScenarios, and its first set of scenarios for respiratory conditions, is the newest addition to the Gig Immersive Learning Platform’s rapidly expanding catalogue of mixed reality applications.

The Gig Immersive Learning Platform allows instructors to adjust the level of difficulty for each scenario to meet individual training requirements or environments.

For example, if a patient with asthma is given the correct medication, learners can see a marked improvement in the patient’s condition as the intervention takes effect, or they can see a deterioration in the patient’s condition if no intervention is given or they choose an incorrect treatment.

Scenarios within the respiratory module include:

  • Asthma – Practice in the diagnosis and management of severe acute asthma. This will give trainees experience in managing acute asthma as it progresses in severity.
  • Anaphylaxis – Practice in the prompt recognition and management of a severe allergic reaction to a medication.
  • Pulmonary Embolism – Practice in identifying and treating a complex and often difficult to diagnose condition.
  • Pneumonia – Practice in the management of a severe pneumonia. Rehearse the investigations and management needed when treating a septic patient.

The University of Cambridge has also initiated research in tandem with the ongoing development and release of more scenarios and modules for HoloScenarios.

The research is exploring benchmarks and criteria for evaluating learner and patient outcomes using mixed reality, as well as evaluating the products and resulting efficiencies for the institution.

Riikka Hofmann, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, said:

“Our research is aimed at uncovering the data to support and accelerate mass market adoption of mixed reality training while informing ongoing development.

“We hope that it will help guide institutions in implementing mixed reality into their curricula, in the same way institutions evaluate conventional resources, such as textbooks, manikins, models or computer software, and, ultimately, improve patient outcomes.”

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