Virtual Reality for Social Good is an
initiative that’s been launched by two professors. The VR for Social Good course is the largest virtual reality college class offered – definitely in the United
States, if not the world. Virtual reality is typically looked at, or most commonly associated with video games, but there’s a whole lot more to it. The project that I pitched the students was a virtual crash cart or code cart. These are
common pieces of equipment you can find them in just about every clinical
setting. Over the last couple of years there’s been some changes to code cards or crash carts.
One of the things that’s happened as we now keep them under lock and key or under lock. We wondered, well, is it possible to build a virtual crash cart, so that maybe we could turn it into a game, or something that moved a little
bit faster, and could be done more than once. So, first step is actually just
showing people what we’re doing. From there, what I’d like to do is, do
some more proof of concept, get this in front of a variety of different
providers – not just physicians, but nurses, respiratory techs, pharmacists – and get
feedback. I’m really happy with what we got. We’re gonna continue to build on it, but for essentially zero dollars, I had access to a really, really
amazing team of software developers who put a lot of time and effort into
something, and that’s pretty amazing.