As the world faces a severe healthcare staffing crisis, with the WHO predicting a shortfall of 15 million healthcare workers by 2030, it is crucial to explore innovative solutions. Immersive simulation technology in the AR/VR/XR realm has the potential to address this public health crisis by providing accessible, scalable, and empowering training tools for healthcare professionals. As we develop these solutions, immersive simulations should capture the physiological diversity of the human body, offer varied environments, cater to different roles within healthcare, and enable healthcare workers to share their unique experiences and extensive knowledge without the need for coding expertise. By leveraging the right immersive platform, we can help combat emotional exhaustion and incorporate social determinants of health into the future of simulation, better-preparing healthcare workers for the increasing demands of their profession while offering effective strategies to alleviate staffing shortages. Together, we can make a difference!
01:19 AM - 01:49 AM
Virtual Reality has been called an “Empathy Machine” by Chris Milk.
From working with Palliative patients, we have observed that it is so much more – it is a device for delivering Awe. When one is facing a terminal illness, VR can be an intervention, breaking the cycle of depression, fear, hopelessness, and even a crisis of faith.
“Awe is a category of emotion within the spectrum of self-transcendent experiences” **
Whether a patient is immersed underwater within a pod of dolphins or transported within a shower of light, it can cause patients to focus on something entirely different than their diagnosis. And by experiencing Awe, profound transformation can occur.
Awe is defined by Dacher Keitner, psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley as “the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world”. For someone confined to their bed, VR therapy can deliver an experience that reduces anxiety, relieves pain, and enhances quality of life by evoking awe and wonder. VR can even transform a patient’s relationship to their mortality.
This talk will focus on the power of VR to create transformative experiences for cancer patients in the Steward Center for Palliative Care, Joseph Candler Hospital of Savannah Georgia through case studies, observations, our current I.R.B. research, success stories, and the opportunities of content creation and implementation for this population.