Abbott announced its first virtual reality based training program designed to change how interventional cardiologists are trained in using optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging technology. This training program incorporates virtual reality (VR) with traditional training techniques to increase experience and expertise in using Abbott’s OCT imaging and improve outcomes in patients needing a stent.
Virtual reality enables physicians to have the full experience of being in the catheterization laboratory by putting them in the “driver’s seat” with imaging technology.
Abbott OCT is an intracoronary imaging platform that helps physicians view and assess coronary arteries from inside the vessel. This view allows an improved look at the nature of a patient’s coronary artery disease to improve treatment decisions.
Vamsi Krishna, M.D., director, Ascension, Seton Hays Medical Center said, “It’s undeniable that OCT imaging technology is unlocking new opportunities to improve outcomes for our patients. Abbott’s new VR training program has provided my team the experience of being in the cath lab and understanding OCT technology quickly and efficiently. The OCT VR program enhances training for OCT imaging technology through innovative educational programs. Virtual reality is truly the next wave of training that will ultimately improve patient outcomes and I’m very excited to be a part of the new program”.
Abbott’s new OCT virtual reality-based training programs, powered by Oculus Go™, will enhance decision-making for physicians who use OCT instead of angiography. The training is based on the comprehensive OCT experience and input from Richard A. Shlofmitz, M.D., FACC, chairman of cardiology at St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center. As a result, Abbott is leveraging technology that has been found to increase training success.
Harvinder Singh, vice president, global commercial operations of Abbott’s vascular business said, “Abbott’s new OCT training enables interventional cardiologists to receive more in-depth, experiential training to encourage more precise diagnoses, while healthcare systems will experience cost savings through a reduction in the number of staff training courses needed. Furthermore, the virtual reality training program will not only enhance accuracy to improve patient outcomes, but it also furthers the industry’s adoption of innovative technologies in healthcare”.
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