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 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

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

Using Immersive Technology To Train Frontline Kidney Care Staff

Posted by Tim Fitzpatrick & Todd Maddox on Dec 11, 2019 12:24:47 PM
Using Immersive Technology to Train Frontline Kidney Care Staff
Meet Susan. 

By this time last year, Susan had been on the job hunt for a while – looking for an entry level opportunity in the fast-growing healthcare profession – before she finally came across an opening for a home dialysis patient care technician in her area. Fortunately, the position came with several months of paid training, so her lack of experience in the industry would not be an obstacle in getting up to speed in her new role.

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Topics: Onboarding, Training, Staff Training, Recruiting, Home care, Workforce, Kidney Care

The Promise of Virtual Reality in Healthcare:  Part Three

Posted by Todd Maddox & Tim Fitzpatrick on Oct 31, 2019 3:50:48 PM
VR Applications for the Senior Care Workforce

By 2030, 25% of Americans will be 65 or older by 2030 (U.S. Census). Approximately 90% of baby boomers aim to age-in-place, but these numbers drop when physical and mental deterioration sets in. In a recent LeadingAge survey, 40% of baby boomers said they wanted to live somewhere other than the place they currently call home if they had a physical disability impacting their day-to-day lives, and 70% want to be in a staffed senior care facility if they have dementia and need help with daily activities. These statistics suggest a growing need for senior care professionals, with the direct care workforce expected to grow from 4.4 million to 5.8 million--an increase of 30%-- from 2016 to 2026. This places a heavy burden on staffed senior care facilities to recruit, onboard and train direct care workers to meet the complex needs of seniors.

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Topics: Senior Care, Onboarding, Training, Staff Training, Recruiting, Workforce

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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

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