The HTC VIVE Medical team works with medical professionals and students in hospitals and universities around the world. The traditional means of training medical students was hiring actors. This was time-consuming and created scheduling problems.
While immersive learning technologies, such as virtual reality (VR) held lots of promise, many early products were difficult for the average user. You typically need an engineer and a designer to create learning content in VR, which is very expensive.
The team at VIVE discovered Virti a few years ago and learned it is a “no code” virtual reality tool for creating and conducting training. This means it’s easy to use with basic computer skills. The team at VIVE says it works like “PowerPoint for VR.”
VIVE helps medical institutions set up and operate VR centers. They also host a three-day workshop that teaches attendees everything they need to use Virti to create simulations to achieve learning objectives.
Simulations can range from routine diagnostic exercises such as patient interactions to practicing surgical procedures. For example, one professor of medicine that works with VIVE has used Virti to create a simulation for students learning to perform surgery. So far, 183 medical training simulations have been taken into use, including the following:
Another example is patient avatars. These avatars can speak in 20 different languages and are powered by generative artificial intelligence (AI). Hospitals and medical universities alike are using this to create innumerable simulations to train providers and improve patient interactions.
medical training simulations in use
To date, the HTC VIVE Medical VR team has conducted 85 workshops in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region. In those workshops, they have trained 2,500 medical professionals and students, who in turn, have used Virti to create 183 different simulations and counting. These workshops have earned an astonishingly high net promoter score (NPS) of 85%.
Newtalk, a news publication in Taiwan, recently reported on one such workshop VIVE conducted with the School of Nursing at Asia University. Attendees credited Virti with enabling them to create “interactive teaching plans within 30 minutes.” Even more impressive, it has empowered teachers to create lessons between 10 and 100 times faster.