Education Simulations Accredited by the AAOS and the RCS Available for the First Time on Low-Cost Standalone VR Headsets
LONDON – April 1st, 2020 – Today we have announced the expansion of our educational platform with the addition of a new education modality @HomeVR. For the first time, this brings educational simulations accredited by medical professional bodies to standalone VR headsets such as Oculus Quest and HTC Vive Focus Plus, making Fundamental Surgery the most advanced multimodal education and simulation platform available.
FundamentalVR set the bar when it created the world’s first educational surgical simulation platform using HapticVRTM, which combines VR with the sense-of-touch to enable true skills acquisition. Already deployed in hospitals around the world, it allows surgeons to experience the same sights, sounds and feeling they would in a real procedure, enabling them to hone and rehearse skills in a safe and measurable environment dovetailing perfectly with cadaveric and assisted/observational learning in the operating room.
“Leveraging low-cost hardware, our multimodal platform allows medical institutions to take advantage of the proven benefits of surgical simulations at scale, and in ways that ensure the consistency of training delivery, and effectiveness of their curriculums,” said Richard Vincent, CEO, and co-founder, FundamentalVR. “The @HomeVR modality provides a highly mobile and cost-effective way to acquire the knowledge and understanding of the technical skills required to carry out surgical procedures. The HapticVRTM modality helps students apply and deepen this knowledge while becoming proficient in the skills required to carry out the procedures. Together, they provide a more powerful education platform. No other software platform can do both nor have received CME or CPD accreditation from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.”
Training Anytime, Anywhere
To use @HomeVR, users download simulations to their standalone VR headset and log in with their Fundamental Surgery account details. They can then access the Fundamental Surgery procedure. The procedures available are being phased in for existing customers starting with Total Hip Arthroplasty (Anterior Approach).
Flexibility within training is an important factor in the busy life schedules of surgeons and residents. Therefore, offering different training modalities that have a single user view and one consolidated data record can provide both residents as well as residency managers and directors with an invaluable additional tool and complete scalability and portability. It is extremely easy to simply jump between platforms, depending on whichever learning modality works for the user.
Underpinning both modalities is a robust, intuitive, and secure data dashboard. It tracks hundreds of data points to provide a level of analysis not previously available to course directors or trainees.
Every user interaction is measured and recorded, such as surgical gaze, respect for tissue and efficiency of movement, widely connected with surgical proficiency, to provide accurate real-time feedback all within a single display that can be accessed anywhere by any device. It is this data from the dashboard, which provides performance insights, leading to actionable learnings, all enabling an improvement of skills development and learning pathways. The data collected is also compliant with CME (AAOS)* and CPD (RCS)** specifications, allowing the use of either modality to count towards a surgeons’ ongoing professional development.
Named as one of the best inventions of 2018 by Time magazine and 2019 winners of the SXSW Innovation Award for VR/AR & MR, Fundamental Surgery is deployed with medical institutions around the world, including Mayo Clinic and UCLA in the U.S., UCLH in the U.K. and Sana in Germany.
*This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Fundamental VR. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
** All Fundamental Surgery simulations are confirmed as an activity that demonstrates sufficient educational value to contribute to individual surgeons’ CPD, for which 6 CPD points can be claimed.