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Using VR For Leadership Training in Healthcare

Posted by Todd Maddox & Tim Fitzpatrick on Feb 24, 2020 4:46:35 PM
VR for Leadership Training in Healthcare

As any patient or healthcare provider will attest, effective healthcare leadership instills confidence and satisfaction, reduces anxiety and stress, and increases the likelihood of positive outcomes. This is critically important in healthcare because outcomes often involve life or death.

So, what makes an effective healthcare leader?

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Topics: Training, Communication, Staff Training, Workforce, Education

Using Augmented Reality To Train Kidney Care Professionals

Posted by Todd Maddox & Tim Fitzpatrick on Jan 29, 2020 8:34:18 PM
Using Augmented Reality to Train Kidney Care Professionals to Operate and Maintain Devices
Meet Kelly

For years Kelly was working as a nursing assistant for a home health care provider. She was working towards her RN in hopes of transitioning into a role in the kidney care field. Growing up, two of Kelly’s uncles had been on dialysis, so she had always wanted to help patients like them and others in her community with kidney disease. Before graduation, a few friends from her nursing program — all of whom went on to work with dialysis patients —  had been asking Kelly to make the career transition and join them as a home therapies RN.

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Topics: Training, Learning, Staff Training, Workforce, Education, Augmented Reality

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

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

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Now you will be.

At the end of the day, your healthcare journey begins and ends with you. Using virtual reality to improve education and training in healthcare has limitless potential to impact the lives of everyone you meet along the way.

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

The benefits of VR have never been more accessible.

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