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Zero surgical failures

The leading education technology event in the Nordics, the KnowHow EdTech conference, went online this year, as part of the smart city conference Nordic Edge Expo. Nordic Edge, a non-profit organisation promoting solutions for smarter cities and communities is an associate partner in the 360ViSi project.

Petteri Joenpolvi, CEO of company ADESANTE, a start-up established out of the 360ViSi partner ADE, presented extended reality (XR) which is a new technology covering virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR).

“Every year 310 million patients are going through surgical procedures, and 50 million of them are experiencing some kind of complications. In the US, for example, 4000 people are injured every year due to surgical failures, of which 33 % experience permanent injury and 7 % wrongful death,” he explains.

ADESANTE has developed XR solutions for viewing medical images, planning surgical procedures, training surgeons and medical students and support surgery.

The XR solution is used by University hospitals and General hospitals. It’s easy to operate and gives you a precise overview of the human anatomy. It’s perfect for planning a surgical procedure and give the surgeons a better understanding of how to avoid surgical failures.

“Through ADE, the 360ViSi project will benefit from the expertise also from ADESANTE”, says the project manager Atle Løkken.

 Petteri Joenpolvi’s presentation, is available on YouTube.

https://www.surgeryvision.com/

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An ocean of opportunities

Each partner of the 360 Video Simulation project should develop a solution to an identified case, that will be developed throughout the project period 2020-2022.

The research group at University of Stavanger (UiS) in Norway, led by Ingrid Tjoflåt and Bodil Bø Våga, had a discussion with fellow colleagues, to start the work with identifying test cases relevant for the Norwegian students. The tasks to discuss in the meeting were:  What kind of situations need more practise? What areas of practice should it cover? What themes should be chosen? What age groups are in the focus?

It was mportant to the group to introduce students to working life situations they do not have access to in their practice periode.

“To make good cases from situations in home nursing, where the nurses operate entirely on their own, is highly needed,” said Torunn Strømme, one of the participants in the discussion.

“There is also a need for educational simulations from situations that are rare but one must be prepared for. Such as for example, children and crisis situations, trauma situations and so on”, she continues.

Now, the UiS group will have to prioritize along with the other partner institutions in relation to which cases are to be produced in the project, to test out the production method.  

“The important thing is to clearly identify the learning outcome for the students. A 360 case will include a huge variety of elements relevant to discussion; communication and relational things, hard-core academic elements etc. So we need to be aware of the main focus for each case”, emphasized Ingrid Tjoflåt.

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Using VR and 3D to explain the COVID-19 effect

As a nurse and university senior lecturer, the Head of the E-learning and New Technologies department (SENT) at The Catholic University of Valencia “San Vicente Mártir” (UCV), Dr. David Fernández, has explained to his students, through virtual reality (VR), aspects concerning COVID-19.

Dr. Fernández has answered all the questions received by participants on his twitter account @enferdocente. He has visually explained the structure of the virus, how it spreads, and how it reproduces within our organism until it reaches the alveoli in the respiratory system.

“The problem with coronavirus is that it has a high affinity for the ACE-2 receptors that are found in the membranes of lung cells,” he says.

According to Dr. Fernández, VR offers specific benefits:   

“It allows the use of three-dimensional objects so students can see, experience and understand in a graphic way what is being explained. Moreover, it facilitates independent learning and it ingrates different teaching methodologies, like escape rooms, through which students can play and learn at the same time.”

UCV is a partner university of the 360ViSi Erasmus+ project team and cooperates in this particular case with a Spanish immersive tech expert company, Innoarea, to increase the understanding of the COVID-19 and how the virus affects lung cells. Innoarea have organised a virtual environment, Innorooms, a collaborative VR tool, whereDr. Fernández has visually explained the structure of the virus, how it spreads, and how it reproduces within our organism until it reaches the alveoli in the respiratory system.

The collaborative VR-tool allows several people to meet in the same virtual space, and which is particularly oriented to teaching and education. It offers the possibility to share experiences and knowledge with others, regardless of where they are, that way, students and lecturers are able to communicate through avatars if it is not feasible to do it physically. The meeting was followed on streaming on YouTube.

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Kick-off meeting

4 – 5 March all seven partners did a two-days workshop in Valencia.

The objectives of the workshops were to get to know eachother, eachothers’ competencies and motivation, as well as getting a grasp of the possible outcomes of the project.

Universidad Católica de Valencia was the excellent host for the meeting.
Atle Løkken, which is the Project Manager at this point, emphasized the importance of the short-term work packages, but also the long-term results and impact, such as change of learning practice and business opportunities for the business partners.

On the very first day, every partner held presentations, followed by a plenary discussion. It was of great value that the business partners presented their focus areas concerning the technologies. The dissimination team also presented their plans for dissemination and exploitation of the project.

The second day was dedicated to a more in-depth discussion of possible solutions and sharing ideas about where 360 video can be used as a tool in health education. After the kick-off meeting all partners continue their work, and will collaborate through video meetings on a regular basis.

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VR simulations in a psychiatric clinic

The 360ViSi team from the University of Stavanger were invited to test a VR- solution for medic training.

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Virtual management group meetings

Every month the management group meeting takes place online.

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Kick-off meeting in Brussels

As the coordinator for the 360ViSi Knowledge Alliance Project, Atle Løkken and Mari Linn Atterås Larsen participated on the Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances 2019 Projects kick-off meeting in Brussel on the 4th of February.

The main aims of the kick off Meeting were to meet the projects EACEA (Education, Audio-visual and Culture Executive Agency) Project Manager and establish a fruitful cooperation, present the project, facilitate networking among projects representatives and to receive detailed information on administrative aspects of project management.

-Mrs Silvia De Benedetti is our EACEA Project Officer. It impressed us how accommodating she was and how dedicated the EACEA staff is on assisting us succeed, says Atle Løkken.  In return, they have the highest expectations of us. – No less than top score on the final evaluation, Mari Linn Larsen, replies.