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Virtual reality: An Emerging Game Changer in Healthcare


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Images from the 360-degree video shot at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. Man in the baseball hat is a paramedic delivering the patient.
Images from the 360-degree video shot at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center. Man in the baseball hat is a paramedic delivering the patient.

The Scripps College of Communication Immersive Media Initiative (IMI) collaborated with academics and healthcare experts at Ohio University, Northern Arizona University, and OhioHealth, to create a virtual emergency room for teaching medical students.

The experience was created by a virtual reality team from Ohio University’s Immersive Media Initiative at the OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in July. The team used five cameras and eight microphones to record five medical traumas during a 12-hour period. The team then used the footage to produce three 20-minute 360-degree immersive experiences that allow medical students to observe and listen as if they were in any one of three positions in the trauma bay.

The Scripps College of Communication Immersive Media Initiative (IMI) received a $878,000 award from the Ohio University Innovation Strategy program to develop a program for students to become skilled leaders in virtual and augmented reality that is based out of the Game Research and Immersive Design (GRID) Lab.

Click here to read more about the IMI’s virtual emergency room project in The Huffington post.

*WOUB Public Media is a partner in the Immersive Media Initiative