Critical Care Training
The use of cutting edge computer graphics for simulations finds its application first in situations where high risks are met with the ability to invest in the upfront development costs necessary to alleviate those risks. The healthcare field has led the way in developing virtual medical simulations designed to create a real-world, hands-on learning environment where highly trained professionals engage in high-risk procedures and learn how to save lives. Many types of medical procedures could benefit from VMS software development, and with the advent of Apple's ARKit and Android's ARCore, the prospect of VMS program development has become more feasible and more advantageous than ever. Apple and Android opened up the possibilities for augmented reality, a new generation of interface design, one with unprecedented immersive and interactive capabilities.
Augmented reality uses the camera from your mobile device as the interface, whether it's a smartphone, tablet or hands-free option like AR eyewear. This way, a user's vantage point can have different types of 3D computer data layered directly into his unique perspective. The setting can be changed with graphics that alter the shape, color, light, and purpose of the environment. 3D avatars can populate the setting, offering instructions and dialogue. Virtual objects can be operated and employed to carry out tasks, offering simulated feedback. Text, charts, and diagrams can appear within the scene, and linked to virtual or actual objects. Operational arrows can also be associated with virtual or actual objects to indicate proper use, and much more. Augmented reality represents the current state of the art for simulation training, and is now available for anyone with a mobile device.
Surgery, EMT, and critical care training lie at the heart of high-risk, life-saving medical education, and traditional training has several key challenges. First, trainees cannot be put into real-world scenarios with actual patients without undue risk, so the range of their involvement in these incidents is limited. The need for very expensive equipment and a professional setting often makes the potential range of educational material very restricted, with an exclusive range of potential trainees as a result.
As leading developers of cutting edge VMS experiences for our clients, DDA believes augmented reality has a great future in the creation of pioneering simulation programs for surgery, emergency medical training, and critical care training. The advent of AR platforms for smartphones has lowered the threshold for AR development, making it more cost-effective while supporting a broader range of design and development options.
The augmented reality application for critical care can be developed for a classroom setting or an online scenario. In either case, the trainee can access the app from their mobile device. The setting will be modified to simulate an ICU, and the trainee will undergo a series of real world challenges, with EMT professionals delivering different avatars in different states of triage status. Indications of wounds and diseases will be rendered with lifelike accuracy. Any type of required equipment and virtual tools will be simulated and programmed with the ability to deliver feedback and full interactivity. Textual and diagrammatic data can be provided in real time, with the option for guided audio prompts and other effects as needed.
DDA specializes in developing and implementing great ideas for our clients. Located just outside of Philadelphia, DDA maintains some of the broadest range of capabilities of any custom application development companies in the U.S. DDA's team of experienced professionals can address any software challenge, from 3D computer modeling and animation, graphic design, multimedia production, eLearning and certification programs, and database development, to any type of custom mobile software design and programming. If you want to learn more about our award-winning service and our ideas for the use of augmented reality for critical care training, contact us today.