Virtual Reality and Medicine – An Unlikely Duo?

It might not be as strange of a concept as it sounds.

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The University of Nebraska Medical Center (“UNMC”) is creating a new facility to train physicians and nurses using emerging virtual and augmented reality technology.

The theory behind the virtual reality is that practice makes perfect. The facility will allow doctors and medical personnel to perform clinical training exercises and develop surgical skills through the use of simulation technology.

The ultimate goal of the center is to move beyond lecture training and encourage hands-on learning.

Hands-on learning can increase retention rates of knowledge up to 90%. Lecture retention rates are approximately 5%.

The Dr. Edwin Davis & Dorothy Balbach Davis Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning is set to open in 2018.

Simulation technology is a growing trend in the health care industry.

UNMC is partnering with technology companies to develop the lessons to be used in the new 192,000 square foot building.

The center will include a five-sided virtual reality environment, a 130 seat holographic theater, and multiple hands-on applications.

Ultimately, the program hopes to improve patient care.

What do you think about virtual reality training centers? Do you think the health care industry will benefit from simulation training?

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