The VR Clinic prototype by Rooftop Panda will allow medicine students to train clinical situations in VR environment prior to dealing with actual patients. The idea to create the prototype came from the wish to enhance studying medicine. Medicine students go through large amounts of books, and they would benefit from an additional easily accessible learning tool that would give a feeling how the problem looks in real life.
As the team sees it: “This is a simulation of a physical examination of a patient – you can train how to examine a patient and from this you are able to diagnose the patient. The procedure is similar to a typical examination of the patient at a clinic there – listening to the heart and lungs, taking the pulse and comparing it with the heart sounds, and taking a blood sample. Finally, you will also assign a treatment with antibiotics. There you will have two different options – you can treat with a broad-spectrum antibiotic or with a narrow-spectrum one. We are trying to have this simulation educate doctors to use narrow-spectrum antibiotics instead of using broad-spectrum ones, due to problems with antibiotic resistance.”
- Henrik Stoklund, medicine student
- Rasmus Hammer, medicine student
- Peter Kjær, Alpár Imets and Rachel Kjær Stoklund, from Rooftop Panda
VR Clinic is developed for Oculus Rift VR and we used Unity as an engine for the development and coded in C#. The prototype is implemented to show a vertical slice of the application. It starts with a patient coming in showing some symptoms and it is up to the user to determine which tests to make in order to diagnose the patient. After diagnosing the patient, the user must also choose which treatment to go with. The main problem that the application is solving is helping doctors diagnose faster and more accurately, so there is most emphasis on this part of the prototype.
We have garnered a lot of interested from the local university, PhD. students and research centers. The most concrete interest comes from ‘Center for Cancer Diagnostics’ (Cancerdiagnostisk center) in Silkeborg. We have teamed up with the leading doctors there to make a design for a full experience and have started the process together with them of applying for funding to make it happen.
The application has been tested on medicine students, young doctors and a few very experienced doctors. The feedback from these sessions has been invaluable to making VR Clinic as realistic and engaging as possible. VR Clinic has been previously presented at a Cross Motion conference and in Amsterdam at Stibo Systems conference. Other than public events we have been invited to show VR clinic at a doctors’ gathering at Skejby Sygehus in Aarhus on several occasions. Current plans for VR clinic is to develop a fully fledged training application for VR once there is funding that is needed to pull it off.
Presenting the prototype. Photo: Gorm Branderup
Interview with the VR Clinic team