There will likely come a time where most surgeons will have received some form of training utilising virtual reality (VR), with several companies specialising in this field. Previously focusing on orthopaedic training, Osso VR has announced the expansion of its VR modules to include specialities such as interventional procedures and endoscopy.
The addition of these allow surgeons, sales teams and other trainees to practice techniques within a safe and repeatable environment, ideal in the current climate. And thanks to Oculus Quest support, professionals are able to train and assess themselves anytime, anywhere in realistic settings.
An example of the endoscopy can be seen in the video below, showcasing Osso VR’s highly realistic digital representation. This level of detail was rolled-out in 2020 as the company aimed for film-level quality throughout is platform.
“As an orthopaedic surgeon I have seen firsthand the need for an on-demand training and assessment tool for healthcare professionals,” said Justin Barad, MD, CEO and co-founder of Osso VR. “Initially Osso VR started mainly in orthopaedics, but what we have found is the unique platform we have built has been widely applicable across a range of specialities. We’re excited to formally launch this expansion in order to reach more healthcare professionals in order to provide value for their patients. This is an important milestone in Osso’s ambitious mission to improve patient outcomes, increase the adoption of high-value medical technology, and democratize access to surgical education worldwide.”
These improvements have been made possible thanks to Osso VR securing a $14 million USD investment in a Series A funding round led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures, with SignalFire, GSR, Scrum Ventures, Leslie Ventures and OCA Ventures also participating.
Osso VR was founded in 2016 by Harvard-trained orthopaedic surgeon Justin Barad, MD, with the platform currently used by 20+ teaching hospitals and 11 top medical device companies in 20 countries. It has built a medical illustration team consisting of veterans from Industrial Light & Magic, Electronic Arts, Microsoft, and Apple. As further advances are made in the medical VR space, VRFocus will keep you updated.