Medical Training with Virtual Reality (VR) for the Aged

Yuk Ming Tang, Joseph Yui-yip Lau

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The high risk for mortality and morbidity contributes the healthcare as a high hazard industry. One particular focus is the importance of patient safety produces high-quality healthcare service. Many of the adverse events in hospitals can be avoided with safe clinical practice and culture. Therefore, innovative and comprehensive medical training is crucial nowadays. To provide top quality patient care to the aged, medical professionals have to learn and develop both technical and non-technical skills. The tradition SODOTO skill is no longer suitable in the knowledgeable modern society and dynamic environment. With advancement of technology, virtual reality (VR) has been proven to shorten the learning curve of medical trainees, demonstrate professionalization and reduce human errors in front of the patients. VR training not only offers a realistic environment for learning, medical professionals can also practice repeatedly to increase their quality of their work. Besides, VR training can also be
applied directly for the aged with stroke, mild cognitive impairment, etc. to perform rehabilitation and practices. In the VR training program, aged or patients can navigate and interact without distractions in a safe and calm environment, which is difficult to find in the real environment. Their performance can also be obtained for a series of assessment. The VR training program not only provides opportunities for the aged and patients to practice
repeatedly, but also eliminates training time and costs compared with traditional training method. The VR training outcome is expected to provide an interesting and effective training to the elderly. On the other hand, we will also introduce the latest development of mixed reality (MR) and the future development of extended reality (xR). We will explore how the development of artificial intelligence (AI) technology can be integrated with VR in order to extend its application in the biomedical and clinical areas in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCPCE Health Conference 2020
Place of PublicationHong Kong
Publication statusPublished - 2020


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