Simulation and immersive technologies are revolutionizing health and care education, growing in popularity across all sectors and disciplines, and offering different ways of supporting and engaging with learners.
Health Education England has been collaborating with XRSI’s Medical XR Council & several key MXR stakeholders to build baseline standards for this emerging field. The panel will discuss what potential considerations should be made for safeguarding the MXR ecosystem.
The "Panel Discussion" focused on setting global standards for Medical XR in healthcare and the potential considerations for safeguarding the MXR ecosystem. The panel consisted of experts from various fields, including healthcare, policy, regulation, and insurance.
The main objectives of the panel were to discuss the current state of Medical XR and its potential for revolutionizing healthcare, explore the challenges and risks associated with its adoption, and propose ways to establish standards and best practices to ensure patient safety, privacy, and accessibility.
The panelists highlighted the need for collaboration among stakeholders, including healthcare providers, regulators, policymakers, and technology developers, to establish a common understanding of Medical XR and its ethical and legal implications. They also emphasized the importance of data privacy, informed consent, and risk assessment in the development and implementation of Medical XR.
The panelists recommended establishing guidelines and frameworks for Medical XR development, testing, and evaluation, as well as standardizing training and certification for healthcare professionals using these technologies. They also suggested creating patient-centric approaches to Medical XR and promoting diversity and inclusion in its design and implementation.
In general, the panel concluded that while Medical XR presents significant opportunities for healthcare, its adoption must be approached with caution and a commitment to ethical, legal, and patient-centered practices.
The "Panel Discussion" centered around the topic of setting global standards for Medical XR in Healthcare. The main ideas and insights discussed during the panel were:
Medical XR has immense potential in revolutionizing healthcare by providing innovative ways of supporting and engaging with learners, improving assessment, diagnosis, and therapy, and making healthcare more accessible, precise, and effective.
The safety and privacy of patients must remain a top priority when implementing Medical XR, and the panelists discussed the potential considerations and challenges that need to be addressed to safeguard the MXR ecosystem.
Collaboration and partnerships between healthcare professionals, regulatory experts, academic researchers, entrepreneurs, policy experts, insurance experts, and patients are crucial to building baseline standards for the emerging field of Medical XR.
The panelists discussed the need for standardization in hardware, software, and training for Medical XR, and emphasized the importance of establishing credibility, diversity, and transparency in the healthcare industry.
Ross O'Brien highlighted the need for equity of access to Medical XR, especially for underserved communities, and emphasized the role of government agencies in creating a strategy for UK Immersive Healthcare.
The panelists also discussed the potential of Medical XR to address mental health issues and improve the quality of life for patients with chronic illnesses.
Overall, the panelists agreed that while there are challenges associated with implementing Medical XR in healthcare, the potential benefits make it an exciting and worthwhile endeavor, and standardization and collaboration will be key in ensuring its success.
Neil A Ralph
Head of Technology Enhanced Learning, Directorate of Digital, Innovation and Transformation