Virtual reality firm focused on the education sector,, announced on Thursday the roll-out of its ENGAGE platform with medical training app, Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies.
Developed with Oxford University, HTC, and the KEMRI-Welcome Trust Research Programme, LIFE will launch the platform today with VR Education at the Council of International Neonatal Nurses conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
The app benefits healthcare workers by allowing them to deal with virtual patients via their smartphone or headset -- the group believes the app could “dramatically improve outcomes” in low-resource areas where access to simulation training is limited or expensive.
"Operating via our versatile ENGAGE platform, LIFE has been designed to provide healthcare workers with universal access to high quality medical education and offers the potential to dramatically promote access to life-saving knowledge in developing nations,” said David Whelan, CEO of VR Education.
The LIFE smartphone app is now being rolled out across Kenya through partnerships with medical and nursing schools and professional organisations such as the Kenya Paediatric Association.
“Supporting LIFE on a pro bono basis will increase awareness of our ENGAGE platform with medical professionals and students which we are confident will lead to enquiries from medical trainers seeking to host their own applications on the ENGAGE platform on a paid basis," Mr Whelan further commented.
“By using immersive VR simulation training in combination with a personal smartphone app, the LIFE project has the potential to support healthcare worker training at scale,” added Dr Chris Paton, the lead researcher for LIFE from the University of Oxford.
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