Tag: virtual reality

How gamification improves OR training, outcomes

Takeaways From mobile phone apps to immersive virtual reality surgery experiences, digital tools make healthcare training more interactive, more engaging, and more fun for everyone from nurses to surgeons. Modern procedures—including minimally invasive techniques and robotic surgery—require 50 to 100 cases for a surgeon to reach a safe proficiency level…

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By: Brita Belli
March 22, 2024
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Virtual-reality brain measurements illuminate real-world health conditions

Editor's Note Two researchers from South China University of Technology have developed an affordable electroencephalogram (EEG) measurement system that can be incorporated into virtual reality (VR) headsets. In the future, the researchers hope to use the device to explore people's brain activity while navigating specific virtual environments and to study…

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By: Brita Belli
February 26, 2024
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Session: Outpatient surgery trends—What’s on the horizon?

Editor's Note Why do robotics matter? Jamie Clow, senior analyst and partner at Cleveland Research Company in Ohio, opened this session with that question, spurring an insightful deep dive into key trends in the orthopedic landscape with a focus on robotics and enabling technology. “There can be some fatigue around…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
February 6, 2024
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Study: VR technology helps reduce patient anxiety prior to surgery

Editor's Note In this original investigation published by JAMA Network on October 31, researchers have found that using virtual reality (VR) technology to give patients familiarity with the surgical setting and surgical tools prior to a procedure can help to reduce their anxiety. The study included 74 patients, ages 18…

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By: Brita Belli
November 30, 2023
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VR interventions offer benefits to patients with cancer

Editor's Note Virtual reality (VR) appears to ease the pain and distress felt by patients with cancer, according to a new study published in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care. Researchers looked at 31 relevant studies published between 1993 and 2023 in which VR technology was used to help patients, including…

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By: Brita Belli
October 17, 2023
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Effect of music on resident performance in laparoscopic surgery

Editor's Note This study from Spectrum Health, Michigan State University School of Medicine, Grand Rapids, measures the effect of different genres of music on surgical residents’ performance in laparoscopic surgery. Among the findings: 64% ranked pop music as their favorite 17% ranked classic rock as their favorite 11% ranked country…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 18, 2023
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Physician vs AI chatbot responses to patient questions

Editor's Note This study, led by researchers at the University of California San Diego, La Jolla, finds that an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot assistant can provide responses to patient questions that are of comparable quality and empathy to those of physicians. A total of 195 randomly drawn patients’ medical questions…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 1, 2023
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Virtual reality & artificial intelligence: Future of nontechnical skills training

Editor's Note Researchers led by Florida A&M University and Florida State University in Tallahassee propose multi-learner virtual reality (VR) environments assisted by artificial intelligence (AI) as effective alternatives to facility-based training for nontechnical skills. As failure to communicate is cited as the reason for 22% of preventable complications in the…

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By: Lindsay Botts
April 6, 2023
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Metaverse company to help roll out VR surgery simulation

Editor's Note Metaverse company, Ubitus K.K., will help Smart Surgery Technology roll out Sim Surgery – a VR surgery simulation application, reports January 5 Healthcare Purchasing News. Sim Surgery will be an affordable and more available solution addressing the growing need for medical students and physicians to gain ample surgical…

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By: Bridget Brown
January 5, 2023
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Augmented and virtual reality bring high-tech efficiency to the OR

COVID-19 was a catalyst that helped accelerate innovation in healthcare by a decade, says Jay Banerjee, chief operating officer and cofounder of ImmersiveTouch, a virtual reality (VR) surgery company in Chicago. “Many things that would have taken 20 to 30 years happened sooner,” Banerjee says. “Telemedicine; electronic health records; remote…

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By: Brita Belli
November 17, 2022
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