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Virtual Medical Simulations (VMS) - Augmented Reality


As leading developers of cutting-edge mobile software, DDA Medical is excited about the prospect of implementing augmented reality to advance the quality of virtual medical simulation applications for a range of specialized training programs. DDA's experience with many healthcare clients in the development of medical software has given the company a level of expertise that enables us to develop AR applications that give students and interns better learning tools that place them in a simulated context, using simulated tools, in a carefully monitored curriculum.

VMS has been employed across several platforms for some years now, and the advent of Apple's ARKit and other augmented reality formats increases the likelihood of widespread use for all types of simulation programs. Augmented reality is a 3D computer interface that can be readily accessed through any type of online device, whether it's a smartphone a tablet or a hands free option. Users can link to specialized applications for many types of immersive experiences, including and especially VMS.

One of the fundamental goals of teaching is retention. Methods that increase retention are especially important for the medical industry where core competency must be gained and excellence must be fostered. VMS has proven to play a vital role in this process, as it meets the key criteria for training and instruction that involves the student in a procedure.

Simulation programs excel in strictly controlled conditions with a specific set of interactive tools. Much like flight simulation programs, VMS situates a student into an environment that duplicates a real world setting, and presents them with the necessary tools for the procedure. All aspects of the student's performance can be monitored, and real time instruction can guide them through the process. Competency for operating a complex medical device is established through understanding the underlying medical issues, a basic technical understanding, proficiency in operating the device, and managing the information during and after the procedure. Dexterity, good hand-eye coordination, and quick reaction times will be tested in VMS environments, as well as resourcefulness, in cases where the procedure does not go as planned.

As medical technology grows in complexity, the need for accurate and effective VMS programs becomes increasingly critical. Augmented reality can advance virtual medical simulation technology by coordinating interactions with simulated objects and/or environments with real-world objects and environments, helping to leverage the tangible feedback only a real clinical environment and/or medical devices and tools can provide along with the guided procedural interactions and simulated medical outcomes that are offered in virtual medical simulations. Virtual medical simulations have the potential to enhance all types of training, with improved levels of

standardization and repeatability within an efficient and convenient development model. Applications can be scaled over time, and the efficiencies gained through reductions in instructional personnel and liability is bolstered by increased regulatory compliance and greater student satisfaction.

DDA is located just outside Philadelphia, and maintains a state-of-the-art facility with a special focus on VMS or virtual medical simulation. Through its long history of serving medical organizations, DDA has become intimately familiar with the challenges, criteria, and benefit of this powerful educational tool and its capacity to improve training results, standardize instruction, optimize training time expenditure, and keep professional learning within a risk-free environment. The DDA staff is composed of full-time, degree-holding professionals, most of whom have been with DDA for over five years. DDA is prepared to take on any type of augmented reality project, whatever the complexity and sophistication. Because of DDA's uniquely comprehensive skill set, DDA produces all aspects of its project in house, including 3D computer modeling, database development, custom software programming and design, video production, and more. DDA does not outsource any of its work, ensuring maximum efficiency and high quality results that exceed client expectations. If you would like to learn more about how augmented reality can transform virtual medical simulations in the future, or if you have a concept you would like us to implement, contact us today.

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