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Norwegian start-up developed medical training in virtual reality

La formation médicale en réalité virtuelle de Connect the Dots

CTD training is designed for both healthcare professionals and medical students.

Crédits photos : Connect the Dots

Connect the Dots presented their medical VR experience at Laval Virtual 2023, in which they took part for the first time. The event was an opportunity to show the interest of virtual reality and immersion for training health professionals and students. Their project was nominated at the Laval Virtual Awards. We talked with Siva Snarby, CEO and co-founder of Connect the Dots, and looked back at the 2023 edition.

Can you introduce your company?

Connect the Dots (CTD) is a leading player in the development of a virtual world for medical training in Norway. We work closely with medical specialists to develop realistic and safe environments where healthcare personnel can practice basic medical skills, interaction and communication.

We are proud to be an innovative player in the market and attach great importance to honesty, reliability and the sharing of knowledge. Our values ​​for the virtual world we offer are real, flexible and scalable. We want our customers to experience realistic training in realistic surroundings, while at the same time having the opportunity to train when it suits them and with whomever. Our virtual world is also built for customer-driven development of skill modules, so that we can create a platform consisting of many modules adapted to the various needs and wishes of our customers. We at CTD believe that our virtual world can help to raise the standard of medical training and thereby increase patient safety.

You were nominated at the Laval Virtual Awards in the category “Education & Training”. Can you tell us more about your project?

We conceived a Medical Procedural Training in virtual reality. Training in VR is realistic and immersive, and research shows that it is also performance-enhancing. Compared to traditional simulation training, VR removes distractions such as limitations in physical surroundings and performance anxiety in role-playing in front of spectators. The patient and professional content are emphasized, and studies show an increased learning outcome when using VR. In our virtual world, healthcare professionals can train whenever they want, as often as they want and with whom they want – efficiently and without expensive courses or travel expenses.

The world of immersive tech was shaken up by the rise of the Metaverse and virtual worlds. What is your opinion on these?

Indeed, the world of immersive tech has been shaken up by the rise of the Metaverse and virtual worlds. Personally, I think they’re promising. They have the potential to transform social interactions, entertainment, and various industries. Virtual worlds provide immersive experiences, connect people globally, and open doors for innovative learning, healthcare, and business opportunities.

How do you see the VR world in 10 years?

In the next 10 years, I see the VR world thriving with new and improved headsets, enjoying widespread consumer adoption, and experiencing a significant rise in B2B demand. VR technology will become more accessible and appealing, driving its integration into various industries and transforming how we work and play.

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