In the recent article Training Future Doctors Virtually, Future Pulse (a new weekly newsletter for those who are interested in the rapidly changing world of healthcare and technology), brings to our attention that perhaps nowhere has the pandemic more fundamentally rocked education than in medical schools.
OSSO VR, a virtual reality technology company founded on the principle of training surgeons with real world skills that can be directly applied when in the OR, has seen inquiries increase tenfold since the beginning of the pandemic.
Founded in 2016 by UCLA and Harvard trained orthopedic surgeon Justin Barad, MD, OSSO VR is an award-winning, clinically validated surgical training platform designed for medical device companies, practicing surgeons, residents, and medical students of all skill levels. Using immersive VR technology, the scalable platform offers a realistic, hands-on training environment that leads to real world performance gains and ultimately improved patient outcomes. OSSO VR is the first training platform to incorporate assessment into its modules, objectively measuring the trainee’s knowledge of steps, level of precision and overall efficiency throughout the procedure providing a benchmark for proficiency.
Last year, OSSO VR released results from a clinical validation study at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. The key finding: VR training on the OSSO VR platform improved participants’ overall surgical performance by 230% compared with traditional training methods.
Image credit: OSSO VR - Virtual Reality Surgical Training & Assessment Platform
Last September, OSSO VR announced it has raised $14 million in Series A funding led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures (KPV) to expand its virtual reality (VR) surgical training platform, said to be the largest investment yet in VR surgical training, taking the total invested in healthcare-focused immersive technology companies this year to at least $130 million (Source: VRWorldTech).
According to the company, its platform is currently used by over 20 teaching hospitals and 11 medical device companies, distributed across 20 countries.
About OSSO VR
OSSO VR, a Palo Alto, CA-based, is an award-winning VR surgical and medical device training platform. Founded in late 2016, the company is made up of practicing clinicians, professional VR developers and MedTech industry veterans. It specializes in hyper-realistic, haptic-enhanced, hands-on interactivity and design.