Inage from GIGXR’s website

GIGXR has secured a strategic investment and partnership with a subsidiary of Northwest Permanente P.C., a physician-led, multispecialty group practice in Oregon and Southwest Washington.

The two organisations aim to develop Mixed Reality (MR) teaching and training simulations for healthcare professionals and introductory learners starting with Basic Life Support (BLS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Venice, California-based GIGXR provides a software-as-a-service platform delivering extended reality (XR) learning applications for medical and nursing schools, higher education, healthcare and enterprise. 

The subsidiary, Permanente Health Care Ventures, also known as Sidney, will provide physician consulting to GigXR to create teaching and training simulations delivered through its XR solutions.

Today’s cardiac emergency training requires learners to use rubber, unrealistic static mannequins. The new training simulations co-created by Permanente Health Care Ventures aka Sidney and GIGXR use mixed reality, which merges real-world physical environments with hyper-realistic digital elements, to present learners with life-like talking and walking patient holograms ‘experiencing’ cardiac arrest to interact with and practise real-time, life-saving treatment. Patient holograms can also be overlaid onto any mannequin to make practicing chest compressions or using a defibrillator even more life-like.

Dr Patricia Ramos, medical director at the Center for Innovative Medical Simulation, said: “Speed, accuracy and teamwork are critical to providing lifesaving care during a cardiac emergency; training has to be top quality for every person involved, individually and as a group. Conventional methods such as expensive mannequins cannot simulate the sense of urgency and teamwork of real-life BLS/ACLS – mixed reality adds both an incredible level of realism and collaboration to close critical training gaps. By partnering with GIGXR, we’re allowing learners to practice real-time emergency care in the metaverse just as they would as a healthcare professional in the hospital or even as a family member at home.”

Date published: 19 January 2022

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