FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2020
Immertec Announces Collaborative Research Agreement with
USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)
TAMPA, Fla. – Immertec announces a research collaboration with the University of South Florida (USF), to investigate the efficacy of immersive training in medical education. The collaborative research activities will be conducted at the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, Florida.
“Our mission as an organization is to be the premier real-time, virtual surgery training platform,” said Erik Maltais, CEO and Cofounder of Immertec. “And CAMLS’ mission is to create and provide experiential learning that improves clinical skills and patient care. Together, we work to push the limits of what’s possible in virtual health and enable a higher standard of patient care.”
The study led by Shannon Bailey, Ph.D., human factors scientist at Immertec, Michael Brannick, Ph.D., psychometrician for CAMLS, and Ryan T. McKenna, DO, FACEP, fellowship director of Interprofessional Simulation for CAMLS, will focus on testing the effect of immersive technology on participants’ learning and performance outcomes during medical education tasks. Immertec will provide virtual reality equipment and hardware setup for use during medical training sessions at CAMLS.
“This technology is a game-changer for the future of medical and surgical education. Real-time virtual reality can help augment or even replace traditional training modalities for physicians and health care providers, said Dr. Haru Okuda, Executive Director of CAMLS and Assistant Vice President for USF Health Interprofessional Education and Practice. “By partnering with Immertec, an industry leader in virtual reality training, we are building upon our mission of combining leading-edge education and technology to create a more dynamic experiential learning experience. This innovative partnership supports our main goals of improving patient safety, reducing harm, and enhancing quality of care.”
Immertec’s virtual reality (VR) platform eliminates physical barriers that prohibit physicians from gaining access to surgical trainings. With a VR headset, remote physicians view a fully immersive, 4K feed of a live operating room to observe surgeries and collaborate with other surgeons in real-time. The platform has already been used clinically in hospital and teaching environments by multiple surgeons observing live procedures in patients and cadavers.
Founded in 2017 and based in Tampa, Florida, Immertec is an award-winning technology startup that’s pushing the limits of what is possible in virtual health. The company’s real-time VR platform allows surgeons to instantly train on new medical devices, learn modern surgical procedures and collaborate on surgical cases from anywhere. By changing the way surgeons train and connect, Immertec is promoting a world where all people have access to the highest standard of care regardless of physical location, economic status, or nationality. For more information, visit https://immertec.com.
About the Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS):
CAMLS is one of the world’s largest medical simulation facilities, fully dedicated to improving health care through lifelong education and training. Under one roof, the 90,000 square foot, three-story facility houses the latest simulation technology and experiences to train the full spectrum of students and health care professionals. It has resources to realistically replicate nearly all medical and clinical environments, with a commitment to enhancing patient safety and quality of care. CAMLS also has the unique ability to bring together scholarly experts across USF Health, USF, and communities, both locally and globally, to conduct interprofessional research and training, as well as implement innovative technologies. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, Florida, CAMLS is accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.
About USF Health
USF Health’s mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, and USF Health’s multispecialty physicians’ group. The University of South Florida (USF), established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is ranked in the Top 25 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. The USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion.