Among the winners of the VR Awards 2018 was Virti, a healthcare training company which specialised in the use of both augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology. Today, Virti has announced that it’s been selected to join the UK’s NHS Innovation Accelerator (NIA) programme.
Founded by trauma and orthopaedic surgeon Dr Alexander Young, Virti uses immersive technology combined with AI to transport users into realistic, hard-to-access environments to safely assess them under pressure. This helps to reduce anxiety and improve human performance and outcomes regardless of geographical boundaries.
Since launching 12 months ago Virti has gained a large number of enterprise customers in the UK and US, and in the process won a number of high profile awards including the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Triennial Innovation Prize and, most recently, winning the VR Healthcare Category at the VR Awards.
Since it launched in July 2015, the NHS’ National Innovation Accelerator programme has supported the implementation of 37 evidence-based healthcare innovations across more than 1,700 NHS sites.
“It is a huge honour to be selected onto the NHS’ NIA programme and a testament to our ongoing work with the UK’s National Health Service,” said Dr Young, CEO/Founder Virti in a statement. “We are delighted to be the first Virtual and Augmented Reality company selected onto the NIA and proud that our evidence-based VR/AR training platform will now be scaled to further hospitals, physicians and patients through the NIA. We are particularly excited to help deliver the NHS’ recently published ‘Staff and Learner Wellness Strategy to 2027’ and further demonstrate the positive impacts that immersive technology can have on corporates, employees and for healthcare.”
“The NHS Long Term Plan puts the latest technology and innovation at the heart of people’s care and the future of our health service. Right across the NHS patients are benefitting from world-beating innovations, spread as part of this programme,” adds Professor Stephen Powis, NHS Medical Director.
Virti offers a range of training scenarios to suit not only medical professionals but also enterprise, military, school and charity based needs, all at different pricing structures. For further updates as Virti continues to expand, keep reading VRFocus.