The “virtual patient” can play life-like situations and can be accessed via a VR headset, PC, or tablet.
It proved to be so effective that it was declared one of the best inventions of TIME magazine in 2020.
Founder Dr. Alex Young, from Bristol, said the disease outbreak “has created unique challenges that technology is helping to solve”
The orthopedic surgeon and trauma surgeon said: “It’s no longer safe or feasible to have 30 medics in a room with an actor, perfecting their clinical soft-skills.”
The curriculum is intended to improve “soft skills” – something that has historically been done with the aid of actors who play the part of patients.
These workshops help educate clinicians on how to clarify diagnostics and care strategies, create confidence, and navigate difficult circumstances.
The technology is being used by the Bristol Seveso Foundation Trust to ensure that training occurs safely without the need for in-person sessions when social distances are in place.
Dr. Young, whose technology company has been expanding, said We have been collaborating with healthcare organizations for several years, but the pandemic has created very unique challenges. “With our virtual clinical technology, we’ve produced an incredibly convincing and reproducible experience which can provide feedback in real-time. This means doctors and students can grow and learn valuable skills.”
It was also used at the height of the disease outbreak to train staff in key skills needed on the frontline, such as how to safely use the PPE, navigate an unfamiliar intensive care unit, and involve patients and their families. Studies have repeatedly shown that consumer desire lies behind much of this trend. In a recent consumer study, for the first time in Covid, 94 percent of people who sampled telehealth in the context of synchronous virtual visits reported satisfaction with ease and comfort and expressed interest in other types of virtual treatment, such as remote surveillance and home lab research. However, it bears in mind that digital adoption is a two-way street, requiring the trust and buy-in of both providers and patients.