Keeping up with any profession in this day and age is difficult. Thirty years ago, the internet was just a prototype and people were only beginning to understand the concept of using computers for the most basic tasks, such as writing documents or storing information. Today, the bar is set much higher, with all kind of new technologies implemented to the most basic chores, and some getting jobs are getting replaced entirely by machines. Workers all over the world need to keep up with this, and healthcare personnel is no exception.
Imageology, telemetry, surgery, and many kinds of medical procedures have benefited from the use of new technologies, but not every healthcare worker is able to adapt easily to new ‘state of the art’ equipment. Any other career will find more tech-savvy professionals, but in medicine, that’s complicated. An easier alternative and practical ways to train the personnel than finding new expert personnel needs to be developed. That’s where RE’FLEKT comes in.
RE’FLEKT, a Munich based technology company, was founded in 2012 and they work with any kind of business or industry to create their own in-house Augmented and Virtual Reality applications. In this exciting opportunity, they have built a new and innovative way to offer ‘device training’ in a more practical design to healthcare personnel, improving and even assessing their actual knowledge of the devices they work with daily. You can take a look of this technology in the video below.
In this video, the use of RE’FLEKT One (one of the AR solutions of the company) is portrayed to provide training for a medical monitor. It specifies how tutorials could be made and how the assessment of the personnel knowledge of the device could be made on the spot to determine their capability of using the device in moments of tension and stress. This makes it an important tool to confirm the qualifications of the healthcare team in any given moment – a must in any medical department in the world.
As we said before, this is just a demonstration with a vital signs monitor, but could this technology be implemented for more important devices? Can it be even merged with medical guidelines to provide actual training for life-saving measures (like CPR protocols as reviewed HERE)? Maybe right now everything is all theoretic, but if we take a good look at it, AR could become a vehicle to integrate all of these ideas, and ultimately improving the quality of training or certification for healthcare professionals. We really applaud this initiative by the team at RE’FLKT, and we will be looking forward to what they do in the future.
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