The advent of virtual reality(VR) has sparked many innovative solutions solving problems across industries. One of the major benefits of VR is providing safe environments for people to train in. VR learning environments accelerates the pace at which people learn and refine necessary skills and reduces human error on the field. This is extremely beneficial for the medical field with VR medical training. More people can be trained faster and more efficiently to fill in the necessary skills gaps within this industry. Once thought of as only for gamers, VR has proven to solve some of societies leading problems and concerns.
Founded in 2016, OssoVR is one pioneering company solving one of the medical industry’s most worrisome problem with VR medical training. The decreasing amount of surgeons necessary for the increasing population. By 2025 it is predicted there will be up to shortage of 88k surgeons to perform operations. It is not helped by the fact nearly 30 percent of those who graduate are not ready to immediately operate independently. This is due to the fact that medical schools are still yet to widely adopt VR as learning tool. Dr. Barad entered the medical industry after a health incident of a close family member. He then “realized that surgical training and assessment has not evolved as quickly as the devices themselves,” so sought out solve this troublesome problem.
Therefore the fruition of the medical VR training platform OssoVR, led by Dr. Barad(Co-founder/CEO), Matt Newport(Co-founder/CTO) and Josh Willeford(CFO), and operated by a team of professional experts. OssoVR also institutes a scientific advisory board to ensure high-fidelity of medical training simulations. At the time of writing, there are currently 21 distinguished advisory members, including Thomas Krummel(Chair Emeritus/Stanford Surgery), Ken Yamaguchi(CMO Centene Corporation) Mark Froimson(AAHKS) and Nelson Soohoo(UCLA Orthopedics).
The OssoVR training simulator provides validated VR medical training training and telecommuting. Telecommunication allows surgeons, sales teams and hospital staff to remotely connect without the need to actually meet in person. Validated training decreases the likelihood of adverse events, such as a patient deceasing due to improper medical practices during surgery. It is their objective to “improve patient outcomes, increase the adoption of higher-value medical technologies, and democratize global access to the latest surgical techniques.” Needless to say, OssoVR will let patience feel a bit more at-ease when going under.
Osso’s VR medical training platform has received immense recognition. MIT Technology Review states, “with robots taking learning opportunities away from young doctors, new tools like [OssoVR] are needed.” Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center recognizes that OssoVR is optimal and exceeds any prior medical training simulators. They’ve also received numerous rewards, such as the Innovation Reward from GPU Technology Company, Most Innovative company from Fast Company and EDSIM Challenge award from U.S.A. Department of Education. In last quarter of 2020, OssoVR secured around $14 million in funding, led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures. Over 20 leading hospitals and 11 top medical device companies across 20 countries currently utilizes OssoVR.
When it comes to surgical practices, it is extremely vital that surgeons are well equipped and prepared to reduce the likelihood of loosing a patient. The medical training platform also reduces the amount of live surgical operations a surgeon needs to perform in order to stay optimal in their practice. Meaning saving more people’s lives. OssoVR is definitely leading the medical training field, benefitting both surgeons and patients.
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