FundamentalVR Develops Haptic VR Surgery Sim
November 5th 2018 –
Mayo Clinic brings their massive body of research to FundamentalVR’s simulation platform.
According to a 2015 commission report launched at the Royal Society of Medicine in London, UK, 5 Billion people still don’t have access to safe surgery due to a lack of trained professionals. In the U.S. alone, over $15 billion a year is spent solely on medical training, much of which is wasted on antiquated, expensive, and non-repeatable methods that offer students little chance of any hands-on practice.
The truth is that the method in which surgeons are trained has changed very little over the past 150 years. Much hands-on practice still relies upon cadavers, which can cost $13,000 or more and can only be used to train between 4-6 students. Reusable, synthetic cadavers, on the other hand, cost in excess of $40,000.
Currently, less than 0.5% of the world’s surgeons have access to quality training simulations. FundamentalVR and Mayo Clinic are on a mission to change this fact by democratizing surgical training through safe, low-cost immersive experiences.