“If there was a way, kind of like in the Matrix where you just plug in for five or 10 minutes and refresh yourself or get up to speed and then assess and make sure you’re ready to go, that would be a total game changer and have a massive impact on patients and the health care system as a whole, all thanks to video game technology,” Barad told The Post in a phone interview.
Osso VR may not exactly be equivalent to plugging into the Matrix, but it allows surgeons to hone their skills by operating on virtual patients with tools they’d normally find in an operating room. This lets trainees experience it first-hand without the fear of error. Right now, Osso VR is mainly used for orthopedic procedures, but Barad’s team is working to expand into other fields like vascular, heart, urology and surgeries conducted with robotics.
Barad says that surgical training is still “primitive,” relying heavily on learning through observation. He says it was during his residency at UCLA where he “experienced firsthand the biggest problem facing medicine today.”
The response from real-life doctors has already been positive. In 2017, Dr. Mohan published her research and shared that doctors who played Night Shift outperformed those who didn’t.