GigXR & NUS Medicine partner to deliver XR gastroenterology training

November 16, 2023 – GigXR, Inc., a provider of holographic healthcare training, has recently announced that it has partnered with the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore (NUS Medicine) to launch a new gastrointestinal module for its HoloScenarios application.

The company states that the new module called ‘HoloScenarios: Gastrointestinal’ is designed to improve medical and nursing education by providing a realistic experience in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal diseases. It incorporates holographic simulated patients and medical equipment that closely resemble real-life scenarios, making it adaptable for use in any physical learning setting.

HoloScenarios: Gastrointestinal leverages mixed reality (MR) to present comprehensive patient care scenarios, moving beyond the traditional step-based virtual reality (VR) training. GigXR noted that this approach facilitates varied learning experiences and allows learners to engage in realistic clinical situations, including emergency procedures and medical decision-making.

Developed in collaboration with experts from NUS Medicine, the module is distributed through GigXR’s Immersive Learning Platform, a tool used by healthcare institutions and MR developers for creating and sharing immersive educational content.

“Gastrointestinal pathologies can be complex and challenging to diagnose. This module will allow learners to form a deeper understanding and appreciation of the gastrointestinal tract, especially the three-dimensional understanding of anatomy and body functions,” said Associate Professor Alfred Kow Wei Chieh from the school’s Department of Surgery and Assistant Dean (Education) at NUS Medicine. “We believe mixed reality is the next evolution in healthcare training, and collaborating with immersive platform innovators like GigXR helps us to bring this vital content to more learners globally and, ultimately, improve patient care.”

The module includes lifelike patient simulations, allowing learners to practice technical skills and soft skills such as patient empathy and team communication in secure settings. It also offers improved diagnostics and treatment training, enabling users to move around and engage with patient holograms, providing a realistic perspective of the physical environment unlike virtual reality.

Jared Mermey, CEO of GigXR, stated that immersive technology has greatly sped up the sharing of knowledge for teaching, training, and simulations. He believes that mixed reality, which allows for realistic and safe collaborative learning, is further enhancing the quality and reach of training results. Mermey expressed pride in partnering with NUS Medicine, a pioneer in utilizing mixed reality for clinical and educational purposes. Through their collaboration on HoloScenarios’ latest module, they anticipate significant advancements in diagnosing and treating gastrointestinal diseases.

GigXR noted that NUS joins the University of Cambridge and Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust, University of Michigan, and Morlen Health, a subsidiary of Northwest Permanente, P.C., as one of the institutions partnering with GigXR to co-create holographic healthcare training. Other medical simulations from GigXR include modules centered around respiratory diseases, basic life support, advanced cardiac life support, neurology scenarios, and now, with NUS, gastrointestinal diseases.

website. If you are interested in HoloScenarios: Gastrointestinal, keep an eye out for its release in Spring 2024, please visit the company website.

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