Why VR Enhances Communication Around Community Diversity

Posted by Todd Maddox & Tim Fitzpatrick on Jan 18, 2020 11:05:50 AM
Why VR Enhances Education Around Community Diversity
It’s All in the Neuroscience

We live in a world of incredible individual diversity. Whether the diversity is in gender, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical or mental capabilities, we are all unique, and add value to the communities that we live in and society at large. Diversity in backgrounds, skills, attitudes, experiences, and the unique neurobiology that underlies this diversity brings fresh ideas, perspectives, and ways of expressing oneself that makes us stronger as a community.

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Topics: Communication, Education, Community, Diversity

Using Immersive Technology To Educate Home Dialysis Patients

Posted by Tim Fitzpatrick & Todd Maddox on Jan 14, 2020 8:34:14 AM
Using Immersive Technology to Educate Home Dialysis Patients
Meet Samuel 

Two years ago Samuel landed in the hospital unexpectedly after his kidneys failed. It was scary for Samuel and his family. Fortunately, he was in good hands with his care team and nephrologist and soon started dialysis treatments at a treatment facility in a nearby town. Samuel has been on hemodialysis ever since, driving 10 miles to the dialysis clinic three times each week. He spends hours there and feels tied down, with little opportunity to travel or relax at home with family and friends. But time isn't his only obstacle to maintaining some sense of normalcy — he just doesn't feel up to doing anything following his treatments.

Recently, a friend at work told Samuel how home dialysis had been the right decision for his wife, so Samuel wanted to learn more and decided to follow up with his doctor. He talked to his nephrologist who then directed him to a number of websites where he could find documents describing the pros and cons of home dialysis. Samuel struggled to fully comprehend how his day-to-day life would be different on home dialysis, but in the end, he decided that he wanted to give it a go. [For a discussion of the problems associated with medical device decisions based solely on documents follow this link.] 

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Topics: Training, Communication, Learning, Patient Education, Kidney Care

Why Shared Experiences Matter in Kidney Care

Posted by Todd Maddox & Tim Fitzpatrick on Dec 27, 2019 3:56:41 PM
How VR Enhances Understanding and Communication Through Shared Experience
Meet Aiko

Aiko is a 59-year old mother of three. Aiko was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes over a decade ago now, but was hospitalized four years ago when her kidneys “crashed”, landing her in the hospital rather unexpectedly. Though she has been on dialysis ever since that first surprise trip to the hospital, recently she was informed that her long wait for a kidney transplant might finally be over. Aiko is excited about the prospect of having a healthy kidney that will free her from the dialysis regiment that has controlled her life for years, but naturally she is anxious and stressed about the upcoming surgery and its implications for returning to normal life.

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Topics: Training, Communication, Learning, Patient Education, Workforce, Kidney Care

VR for Mental Health, Wellness and Resilience

Posted by Todd Maddox & Tim Fitzpatrick on Dec 21, 2019 9:14:55 PM
Using Virtual Reality To Support Mental Health, Wellness and Resilience
Meet Jose

Jose is a forty-three year old military veteran who has had ongoing issues with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, social isolation, and addiction since leaving the service nearly two years ago. He struggles with anxiety in social settings, and sometimes finds it difficult to leave the house. He currently sees a therapist once a week. He likes his therapist, and always feels much better following a therapy session, but he frequently struggles between sessions. He wishes there was a way to find additional relief when he feels the need and without having to leave his home— a program that would allow him to reduce his anxiety and relieve his stress would be ideal. He has tried audio tapes and meditation on his own but neither has proven to be very engaging and he still struggles to remain focused.

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Topics: Uncertainty, Anxiety, Addiction, Mental Health, Pain Management, Therapeutics

Using Immersive Technologies to Recruit, Onboard, and Train Direct Care Staff

Posted by Todd Maddox & Tim Fitzpatrick on Dec 19, 2019 10:52:21 AM
Using Immersive Technology to Recruit, Onboard, and Train Frontline Senior Care Staff
Meet Raul, Octavia, and Thomas 

Raul, Octavia and Thomas had been on the job hunt for a while looking for an entry level opportunity in the fast-growing senior care profession. All three were excited for the opportunity to work with seniors and were thrilled when a local senior care facility called them in for an interview. In the interview, each was asked to discuss their credentials, aspirations, and why they wanted to work in senior care. Raul stated that he “wanted to give back”; though, he had no experience caring for an older adult. On the other hand, both Octavia and Thomas had grandparents who they had helped care for in recent years. They both stated that they knew what to expect, yet  neither had any formal senior care experience or training.

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Topics: Senior Care, Onboarding, Training, Caregiving, Learning, Neuroscience, Staff Training, Recruiting, Workforce, Empathy, Aging

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Remember, evidence shows VR:

  • Improves satisfaction
  • Decreases anxiety
  • Improves learning
  • Improves retention
  • Increases actionable empathy
  • Outperforms classroom-based learning
  • Is the medium preferred by learners

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