A hospital in New South Wales has partnered with Vantari VR to train and educate medical professionals in a remote setting. Nepean Hospital received a $100,000 grant from Epic Games earlier this year to develop VR technology.
- The virtual reality platform will be used in the hospital's ICU department to train on central venous catheter insertion.
- VR training saves both cost and time as it gives early access to training, mentorship, and education in a remote setting prior to working in real-world clinical positions.
- The technology is also deployed in three Australian hospitals, including Fiona Stanley Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, and Westmead Hospital.
- The startup is looking to raise A$2M ($1.5M US) in seed funding, which will close in December.
- Virtual reality applications in the healthcare industry are becoming widely accepted, from medical training to education and surgery.
- The Journal of Advances in Medical Education & Professionalism in 2018 found that 48% of students have used virtual education technology for laparoscopic surgery training.
- A higher performance accuracy of almost 87% has been reported in medical practice by those trained through a VR platform.