National University of Singapore Students Hone Their Skills in VR

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Virtual reality technology is of great interest to the healthcare sector. According to Asian sources, students across various medical disciplines in Singapore will be able to put their knowledge to the test in a VR environment. This new feature is brought to life thanks to the University of Singapore Alice Lee Centre for Nursing Students.

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No one will deny virtual reality can make a big impact on the medical sector in the years to come. The possibilities are virtually limitless when it comes to VR in this regard. A team from the National University of Singapore Alice Lee Center for Nursing Studies has come up with a radical new idea. A computer program has been built to let students put their knowledge to the test in a virtual environment. Know as Create Real-Life Experience and Teamwork in Virtual Environment, this app can become quite significant moving forward.

It seems users will be able to work in a virtual ward with other medical professionals acting as patients This is a far more interactive approach than we have seen up until this point.  For now, the focus is on the fields of nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, medicine, and even social work. It is also an initiative which has the approval of the World Health Organization, which makes this venture even more interesting to keep an eye on.

Thanks to a S$500,000 grant from the Singapore Millennium Foundation, development of this VR app has proven to be relatively easy. It took from March of 2016 until September of 2017 until this VR application was properly built, coded, and tested. Further testing took place from October to December of 2017, which provided the team with valuable insights. A total of 29 students took part in this testing phase as well.

The app itself seems to offer a first-person view with a set of instructions to select from to interact with the patient. All of these interactions will be tracked by the teachers, who will also grade their students based on how well they performed in this regard. It is quite an interesting development for students at the National University of Singapore.  This Creative program can also be accessed from any computer, which will further improve collaboration between different schools and universities moving forward.