FundamentalVR Surgery Platform Expands to the Standalone Quest and Vive Focus Headsets
London-based digital health company FundamentalVR has expanded its Fundamental Surgery training platform for surgeons with a new @HomeVR education modality that brings the company’s advanced multimodal educational simulations to standalone virtual reality headsets like Oculus Quest and HTC Vive Focus Plus. The new addition now makes Fundamental Surgery “the most advanced multimodal education and simulation platform” currently available in the marketplace.
FundamentalVR’s educational simulations are of the highest standards and have been accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS).
To use the new @HomeVR modality, users must download the simulations to their standalone virtual reality headsets and they can subsequently log in using their Fundamental Surgery account details. The company is phasing in the available procedures for its existing customers beginning with the total hip arthroplasty (anterior approach) procedure.
Why this is Important
The expansion of the company’s educational platform expands the capabilities of FundamentalVR’s HapticVR surgical simulation platform which merges Virtual Reality with a sense of touch to give surgeons an immersive environment where they can experience the same sensations that they would get in the real operating room including the sights, sounds and feelings.
Surgeons are therefore able to use the multimodal education and simulation platform to rehearse and refine skills within a very realistic and safe environment that is seamlessly transferrable into the real operating room. It creates a more realistic training environment.
Surgeons and residents also have busy working schedules and would appreciate the flexibility in training that the @HomeVR modality now provides. By providing varied training modalities with a single-user view as well as a single consolidated data record, the platform provides surgeons, residents, residency managers and directors with an additional valuable tool that has great portability and scalability. Learners can easily jump between platforms depending on the learning modality that works for them.
A single-user login provides the learner with a ubiquitous experience that presents the same level of high-fidelity graphics, education content as well as data tracking capabilities in each of the modalities. The platform combines cutaneous (tactile vibration) with kinesthetics (force feedback and position) haptic technologies that have been optimized for the various phases of the training process.
It offers multiple training modalities with a single view as well a single consolidated data record which delivers greater flexibility in training for both surgeons and residents.
The FundamentalVR modalities are also underpinned by a secure and intuitive data dashboard that tracks numerous data points to provide a high level of analysis to directors as well as the trainees that was previously unavailable.
The platform measures and records every user interaction including the efficiency of movement, surgial gaze and respect for tissue (movements that are associated with surgical proficiency) to offer learners real-time feedback in a single display. The data gives performance insights that can be used for actionable learnings that allow for the improvements in skills development and the learning pathways. Its measurable environment dovetails perfectly with the cadaveric as well as assisted/observational learning that surgeons undergo in the operating room. The data collected also fully complies with the CME (AAOS) and CPD (RCS) specifications enabling the use of the two modalities to count towards the ongoing professional development of the surgeon.
The Fundamental Surgery software solution is hardware-agnostic and can simulate the physical cues of the operating theater including the surgical actions, medical tools as well as the tissue variations. According to studies, this simulated learning environment helps create muscle memory in trainees which is crucial for the mastery of the surgical skills. The Fundamental Surgery platform leverages affordable and accessible off-the-shelf hardware such as PCs, laptops, Virtual Reality headsets or haptic arms that enable learners to deploy the platform at a tenth of the cost of the existing learning practices.
FundamentalVR’s launch of @HomeVR will complement the top-end educational capabilities of the HapticVR modality while also expanding the capability of the platform to provide learners with even more flexible and cost-effective learning opportunity.