Hospital makes $119 million bet on virtual, augmented reality center  #vr #ar
  • The University of Nebraska Medical Center has broken ground on a new $119 million facility meant to help physicians and nurses train for next-generation care delivery using emerging virtual and augmented reality technology.
  • The 192,000-square-foot facility will house UNMCs Interprofessional Experiential Center for Enduring Learning, or iEXCEL program, which aims to help physicians and other healthcare professionals do clinical training exercises and develop surgical skills via advanced simulation technologies, virtual immersive reality, augmented reality and holographic technologies, officials say.
  • The center’s advancements will include the creation of 3-D/virtual and augmented reality content for clinical and surgical training modules; leading-edge technology such as the iEXCEL Helix — an extended 280-degree curved screen creating a 2-D/3-D immersive environment; laser-based “3-D iSpace,” a five-sided virtual immersive reality environment, and a 130-seat holographic auditorium.
  • UNMC officials say the Davis Global Center will form the hub of a statewide network of other simulation centers, enabling collaboration to provide new research and development opportunities.
  • Thus, the traditional mentor-based “see one, do one, teach one” training model for physicians will now be complemented by human patient simulators, surgical simulation, interactive visualization tools such as head-mounted displays, interactive “learning walls” and 3-D virtual immersive reality environments.

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