In my never ending quest to find innovative uses for technology in healthcare, I came across an article on the CDC’s most recent use of virtual reality for the training of their emergency responders. Apparently they value virtual reality tools a lot- $626,000 worth.
As part of phase III of “Protecting the health, safety, resilience of deployed staff” for the CDC’s WorkLife Wellness Office, they made a sizable investment in the training of their workers through a virtual reality training program. Their ultimate objective is to prepare staff by “safely experiencing potentially-stressful sights, sounds and smells in scenarios as well as mitigating against the possibility of trauma-related psychological harm.”
“Forewarned is forearmed,” according to the CDC.
This immersive emergency response training technology is state-of-the-art (hence the steep price tag), and promises to prepare staff working in some of the most stressful, chaotic workplaces imaginable.