‘It reduces surgical error’: can VR train better doctors?
Experts say new virtual reality training for doctors could help plug NHS doctor shortages
George is seriously ill. Sat on the hospital bed facing his doctor, he begins to grow pale and clammy. His breathing becomes laboured and his heart rate slows. Time is running out. The doctor must diagnose George or his condition could deteriorate fast. In the worst case scenario he could die.
Luckily, if that happens, the student doctors treating him will reboot the software they’re using and try again.
George is the creation of virtual reality (VR) software provider Oxford Medical Simulation (OMS). He was designed by a team of artificial intelligence specialists to look and sound like a real patient. Students can enter his hospital room by pulling on a VR headset, and scan his heart monitor or reach for stethoscopes and syringes by turning their heads.