Virtual Reality

Current projects using Virtual Reality

Improving patient safety using Virtual Reality (VR) to train and assess emergency personnel responding to a mass casualty incident (MCI)
Douglas Danforth Ph.D., Nicholas Kman M.D., Kellen Maicher M.F.A., Jillian McGrath M.D., Ashish Panchal M.D., David Way M.S., Michael White Ph.D., John Eric Fosler-Lussier Ph.D., William Schuler Ph.D., Alan Price M.F.A., Vita Berezina-Blackburn M.F.A., Alex Oliszewski M.F.A., Scott Swearingen M.F.A., Bruce Wilcox.

This project is supported by a five year grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The project is designed to train and assess medical students, residents, fellows, paramedics, etc. responding to a mass casualty incident using VR. Virtual Reality simulations of a subway bombing scene and an active shooter scenario, created in collaboration with faculty from the College of Medicine, Advanced Computing Center for Art and Design (ACCAD), computer sciences and engineering, and linguistics will be used. Emergency personnel will triage the scene(s) and identify appropriate life-saving procedures. The software will automatically score and provide feedback to the trainees. Once fully developed, versions will be deployed at local fire and EMS centers for on-site testing and evaluation.

Disrupting nursing education using extended reality (XR), artificial intelligence, and machine learning.

Michael Ackerman DNS (PI), Douglas Danforth, Ph.D. (Co-PI), Wendy Bowles, Ph.D. (Co-PI), Amy Jauch, DNP (Co-PI), Mike Rayo, Ph.D. (Co-PI)

This new project is supported by a three year grant from the American Nurses Foundation. The project aims to disrupt the existing system of preparing pre-licensure nursing students, assuring the students are practice ready. This pilot will focus on both the “Practice Ready Graduates” and “Technology-enabled Nursing Practice” priorities of the Reimagining Nursing Initiative.  Of relevance to the VRiME lab, the project will Utilize Extended-reality (XR) learning tools to provide immersive, evidence-based clinical experiences that will aid competency development and assessment.

Creation of an EdTech Incubator for the Ohio State University College of Medicine

Lynda Hartel, MLS, Eric Schnell, Ph.D. Douglas Danforth, Ph.D.

This project is supported by a grant from the Ohio State University College of Medicine. The project will establish an “EdTech Incubator” on the medical campus to support educational technology initiatives such as 3-D printing, Virtual reality, Anatomy Visualization using extended reality, and a hybrid learning classroom. This facility provides additional resources (high end VR systems such as Varjo XR-3) and space to compliment the VRiME lab in Graves Hall.