Virtual reality (VR) medical training firm Vantari VR has begun rolling out its software platform across the Middle East and Italy to help democratise medical training worldwide, the company announced last week.
With the expansion, the Sydney, Australia-based company aims to boost access for clinicians seeking remote medical training solutions, as well as democratise the use of emerging technologies.
Founded in 2017, the enterprise currently hosts partnerships across the United States, United Kingdom (UK), United Arab Emirates (UAE), Italy, and India.
It has also received an Epic Games’ MegaGrant and accolades from XTC, The Auggie Awards, Telstra, and the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) iAwards.
Vantari VR and World Health Organisation Goals
The news comes as the World Health Organisation (WHO) outlines its Global Safety Action Plan 2021 – 2030.
The programme aims to create a world where “no one is harmed in health care, and every patient receives safe and respectful care, every time, everywhere.”
Vantari VR aims to reflect this credo from the global organisation by ramping up support for thousands of medical professionals.
This aims to enhance the industry by launching its direct-to-clinician access to the platform, along with previous models. It also coincides with the company’s partnerships with hospitals, universities, and organisations in Australia and the United States.
The WHO framework also hopes to guide countries, leading them to strengthen their respective plans and facilitate patient safety.
Researchers in a University of Wollongong programme with the firm found that Vantari VR’s trainer solution has cut medical errors by a staggering 40 percent. Additionally, training software also helped students increase their performance by 32 percent and boost further adherence to hygiene and safety protocols by 39 percent.
NUME Plus Use Case
For example, NUME Plus, a medical training innovator in Florence, Italy, partnered with Vantari VR to strengthen the southern European nation’s healthcare and education systems.
Gianluca Nepi, VR Specialist, NUME Plus, explained in greater detail how the distribution planned to move towards immersive technologies indicative of the future, rather than implementing conventional trainers.
“The implementation of VR [software] in the healthcare industry represents a proactive solution aimed at improving medical education and guarantees quality services in our territory. The impact of this partnership acts as a valuable catalyst in the nation’s demand to keep up with medical training advancements”
For NUME Plus, growth across Italy’s immersive medical sector has spiked for healthcare providers, institutions, clinics, and hospitals. With this, doctors and other medical professionals can tackle issues such as mental health, pain management, and physical rehabilitation, among others.
He continued that the country had a “total of 37 medical universities, less than [1,000] hospitals, and 70 simulation centers.” All have been “transparent” with their demands to procure novel simulation tools for training courses nationwide,” he added.
“The strong appetite for medical VR can be seen amongst prominent Italian universities — incorporating virtual reality training software positions the establishments as reputable and prestigious entities based on the quality in the courses and resources that they are able to offer a new generation of students students who are more susceptible to learning in an immersive, simulated environment.”
UAE Trials Vantary VR Medical Solutions
The comments come after the COVID-19 pandemic, which greatly accelerated emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), VR, robotics, and others across industry verticals.
Due to the need to accommodate patients remotely, the United Arab Emirates aimed to implement virtual reality solutions across its healthcare sector.
One of the companies, Dubai-based Leader Healthcare, has been working to pioneer technologies for medical simulation and healthcare education.
In the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) regions, the company found that Vantari VR solutions offered optimal procedural training and simulation features.
Sukhdeep Sachdev, Global Chief Executive, Leader Healthcare Group, noted that the Vantari software platform’s global footprint, as well as its presence in the United Arab Emirates, would show an ‘unparalleled’ opportunity for receiving expert deliveries of patient care.
Sachdev explained further,
“At Leader Healthcare, we have always strived to embrace innovation to stay ahead in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape. This strategic partnership with Vantari VR marks a momentous step towards accentuating our vision of delivering top-notch medical education, consequently elevating patient care to new heights.”
To achieve this, the platform could provide the UAE with staff upskilling to reduce medical errors, and boost patient outcomes. This would allow medical professionals across healthcare to learn at their respective rates, leading to improvements for national targets.
Numerous companies like ARuVR, Virti, Vuzix, Magic Leap, Meta Platforms, GigXR, and many others have communicated the profound benefits of immersive learning tools.
Many trainees working in XR healthcare have reported higher retention, engagement, and preparedness rates compared to traditional learning techniques.
Furthermore, Dubai has positioned itself as a forerunner in the healthcare metaverse, namely after the Ministry of Health and Prevention (MOHAP) debuted its medical metaverse in January last year.
The new digital space provides always-on access to medical records, consultations, documents, and health updates with remote and AI-assisted workers.