Vancouver’s PrecisionOS, the creators of the medical-grade virtual reality (VR) learning platform, has unveiled the world’s first fully interactive robotics platform in VR.
Typical surgical education involves flying surgeons, residents, and sales reps to a facility with a robot, which is not only costly, but occurs weeks to months prior to the first case, rendering the education somewhat ineffective.
PrecisionOS virtual reality surgery training, when combined with the Oculus Quest portable headset, provides a fast and economical way to prepare a complete surgical team in robotics.
PrecisionOS has recreated a responsive and dynamic robotics scenario including the robot, set up and calibration with active cameras, actual software interface and a virtual patient for the most in-depth and interactive robotics training experience available in virtual reality.
“Not only is traditional robotics training a complex and costly endeavor,” says PrecisionOS Founder, CEO and Orthopedic Surgeon Danny Goel, M.D, “but published research has demonstrated that onboarding and training times are a substantial barrier to robotics adoption with learning curves reaching up to 35 cases. This equates to months of onboarding, which depending on your volume of surgical cases, may have direct implications for patient care.”
Earlier this month PrecisionOS was recognized by Fast Company magazine with a 2021 World Changing Idea Award in the North America category.
With competency-based resident training increasingly the norm, medical education programs and healthcare facilities need a reliable way of rapidly conveying new information and assessing trainees as they move through the skills acquisition process. Using the pioneering virtual reality medical simulation offered by PrecisionOS, all operating room personnel can be trained on robotics technology at the same time, ultimately minimizing on-the-job learning situations that have the potential to affect patient care.
In the event that a surgeon is at another location, they can access and collaborate together in the same virtual operating room anywhere in the world via an Oculus Quest. “Providing access to high quality education is our mandate at PrecisionOS,” stated Dr. Goel. “We are proud to address a significant need in the robotics industry while connecting educators to learners in a convenient and cost-effective way.”