Coronavirus In Colorado: Virtual Reality Helps Nurses, Doctors Respond To Emergencies

As the coronavirus pandemic forces healthcare workers to perform potentially critical duties that they are not used to, a company named Health Scholars is adapting its training software from virtual reality to internet websites. Their program offers simulated experiences for healthcare workers to learn how to respond in varied situations, though they have adapted it to train all healthcare workers in advanced cardiac life-support. The company is offering $1 million in grants to get their software to as many as 14,000 healthcare providers so far and has already been sent to hospitals in NY and MI.

This is a rapid response story about a coping strategy. Due to the urgent crisis, we are relaxing the ‘evidence of effectiveness’ criterion for solutions coverage on COVID-19 to capture early stage, improvisational, and experimental responses that cope with the pandemic.

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