Advancing healthcare through virtual reality research

AdventHealth University (AHU) and Full Sail University recently opened the Full Sail University Healthcare Technology Lab.

The universities, both located in Central Florida, USA, will use the lab to develop collaborative health research projects, conduct progress reviews and expand student learning opportunities. The facility will be housed within the Emerging Technologies wing of Full Sail University on its Winter Park, Florida campus.

Full Sail University’s Healthcare Technology Lab will primarily engage Full Sail University students in the majors in emerging technologies, including computer science, cybersecurity, game development, information technology, and other programs. Students from various AHU majors, including occupational therapy assistant and nursing, will use the lab to find innovative technology solutions to improve patient safety.

In addition, teams from Full Sail University and AHU will use the lab to assist in finding innovative solutions for improved training of nurses and other members of the health care team, a key area of ​​focus in the treatment of care retention and support.

Health Technology Laboratory. [Photo: AdventHealth University]

“AdventHealth University is thrilled to partner with Full Sail University on this state-of-the-art classroom and laboratory,” said Edwin I. Hernandez, President and CEO of AdventHealth University. “This partnership is a wonderful example of cutting-edge technology providing solutions to how we educate and support healthcare workers, particularly as they enter the workforce. We are excited to see where this takes us, as the possibilities are as far as the imagination goes.”

This facility – fully equipped with industry standard technology, including a large format 3D printer – is the latest addition to the partnership between Full Sail University and AHU. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the two universities developed the Rapid Deployable Video Simulation and the Automated Medicine Dispensing System, two training technologies developed into an immersive multiplayer virtual reality trainer for AHU nursing students as the school found new ways to deal with distance learners within the nursing program.

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Additionally, Full Sail University and AHU have teamed up in 2020 to win the annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference Iron Dev competition. The winning virtual reality solution prototype serves as a proof of concept for a virtual command center to help healthcare institutions and systems like AdventHealth visualize hospital assets and COVID-19 data points.

“At Full Sail University, we encourage our students to create solutions for new technologies not just for fun or for class recognition, but also to serve a purpose and make a difference within the community,” said Shawn Stafford, Director of Research and Course Instructor at Full Sail University said. “AdventHealth University’s medical expertise enables our students to develop research-backed solutions to real-world problems much like they will early in their careers. We look forward to seeing the amazing projects that come to life in this new laboratory facility and that continue to emerge from this partnership.”

The partnership will continue to provide Full Sail University of Emerging Technology students and AHU students with access to healthcare industry experts while new practices, processes and technologies are developed to support the healthcare industry. Students gain hands-on experience of how to bring new technologies and innovative ways of thinking to the industry.

the original version this story was posted by Southern News.