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Virtual reality-based training program expands following its Newcastle Hospital run

Osso VR, a platform for virtual reality-based surgical training, has reached the European market following the utilisation of this technology at the Simulation Centre of Newcastle Hospital. Surgeons are learning how to perform challenging surgical procedures with this technology.

Naeem Soomro, Director, Robotic Surgery, Newcastle Hospital revealed that the hospital has embraced minimally invasive and robotic surgery more openly than any other organisation. According to Soomro, the Newcastle Surgical Training Centre is set to cater nearly 300 courses every year. Virtual reality, augmented reality and simulation-based methods will take centre stage in the aspect of surgical training in the future. He expressed enthusiasm regarding the partnership with Osso VR.

Based on a report published by the Royal College of Surgeons, surgical trainees were found to be focused on service-related aspects like administrative work, rather than being involved in the care of patients. Moreover, shifts in training dynamics have also made pushed hands-on activities to take the back seat in training programmes.

Osso VR has proven to be successful around the U.S., in residency programs that enhance assessment and hands-on training opportunities for trainees. The firm has already brought orthopaedic medical device companies onboard to utilise its platform for raising training standards, promoting safe use, and raising device adoption. Scientific proof of the platform’s effectiveness exists. The data points out that trainee group which received Osso VR training outperformed their traditionally trained counterparts by 230 percent, as evaluated on the Global Rating Scale.

Justin Barad, the co-founder and CEO of Osso VR started that the skill of a surgeon has a direct impact on results for patients. He pointed out the lack of evaluation of the skills of surgical professionals.

Identifying the scope of improvement and working on it with simulation-based technology can improve the quality of standardised surgical care offered globally. Virtual reality is an immersive technology form that can accurately aim to solve the most realistic challenges today. – Justin Barad

The traditional training model used for surgical education for upwards of a century is being enhanced by Osso VR. The company is proactively addressing the deficiencies existing with the one or two-day long medical device company workshops. Osso VR enables multiple surgeons to train simultaneously within a single virtual reality space, regardless of where they are physically located at a specific time.

The VR platform enables effortless measurement of surgical proficiency, which has been an area seriously lacking expertise. Surgical performance assessments are quite infrequent and subjective in nature. With the help of obtained data and analytics, surgeons can know the aspects to improve upon, and also compare proficiency with their peers.

Paul Fearon, training programme director, orthopaedics, at the Newcastle Hospital, shared his insights regarding the Osso VR technology collaboration. Speaking regarding the hospital’s stance regarding virtual reality, he remarked that the technology is considered as integral for developing health care education and surgery skills.

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