VR Reduces Costs of Medical Military Training

By VR Medicine News–The British Armed Forces is testing the use of VR to train emergency response personnel teams (Medical Emergency Response Teams [MERTs] comprising trauma consultants, paramedics and nurses) who are deployed during combat. The use of mixed reality may help eliminate the use of expensive helicopters in this training and enable reconstruction of operational contexts where personnel can be trained effectively. Why it’s relevant:  VR may dramatically reduce costs of training in certain settings.

Stone RJ, Guest R, Mahoney P, Lamb D, Gibson C. A ‘mixed reality’ simulator concept for future Medical Emergency Response Team training. J R Army Med Corps. 2017 Jan 6. pii: jramc-2016-000726. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2016-000726. [Epub ahead of print]

VR Facilitates Learning Lab in Users’ Home

Article published here. Brown Technical Media Corp, a producer of online learning is introducing virtual reality environment (VRE) based training into their HVAC training (heating and air).  According to the press release, “The e-learning course will be highlighted by a 3D virtual reality section of the course that will allow students to experience the lab in their home. This course will be the first of its kind in the HVAC vocational eLearning space.” Why it’s relevant: This model, one of the first, has dramatic implications for all types of educational programs, including in medicine.