Laerdal teamed up with Varjo to come up with the next level immersion in healthcare simulation. As a global leader in patient simulation, Laerdal has developed products and programs dedicated for healthcare providers to improve patient outcomes and survival. With an ambitious mission, Laerdal aims to help save additional one million lives every year by 2030. The company is working with Varjo to develop next generation of effective mixed reality training for medical scenarios.
Immersive technology blurs the line between physical and digitally simulated world, this technology has shown great promises, yet it’s not cost-effective and mature enough to meet Laerdal’s needs, especially when it comes to provide meaningful learning simulation. Therefore, the main challenge of this simulation is to create a bridge that connects physical and digital training that results in effective and affordable healthcare simulation.
Laerdal explains that physical training is very effective, but costly. It would be very difficult to build physical props just for every potential medical scenario that a healthcare professional might encounter. Yet in augmented reality, the immersion is weak, virtual objects are lack realism and look translucent. Real-life scenarios might be the best, but when lives are at stake, no mistakes can be made. Therefore, learners need to be able to practice in a fail-safe environment before real-life scenarios.
By working with Varjo’s mixed reality, it is possible to combine both of best worlds. This simulation offers ease of online training with immersion and efficiency that you can find in physical training. New training methods can be created, multiple trainees can join the same shared simulation together, across any locations and time zones. That highly immersive scenario allows everyone to interact naturally as if they are standing in the same room.
Thanks to VR headset like Varjo, it is possible to create immersive simulation training that replicates real-life scenarios in helping both health care providers and students to provide safe patient care. This headset is capable to take high-fidelity simulation training into a new level of realism, immersion, and emotional engagement.
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