VRSim Showcases Cutting-Edge EMS Training Technology at CBIA Event – Compsmag

VRSim, Inc. Using Innovative Technology to Solve EMS Labor Shortage Crisis

East Hartford-based VRSim, Inc. is tackling the labor shortage crisis in the emergency medical services (EMS) field with cutting-edge technology. The company showcased their new training tool at a forum on February 23 at the University of Saint Joseph.

Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence Training

VRSim utilizes virtual reality and artificial intelligence to create immersive scenarios for EMS trainees. Originally focused on skilled trades like painting and welding, they have expanded into allied health training, including Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) programs in nursing homes and hospitals.

Addressing the Qualification Problem

Former East Hartford mayor Mike Walsh approached CEO Matthew Wallace about the qualification challenges faced by first responders in EMS. This led to the development of a new training tool aimed at reducing costs, enhancing access, and improving student outcomes.

Realistic Simulation and Feedback

The technology allows trainees to practice scenarios repeatedly until they internalize the process. It provides feedback and can be tailored to individual learning needs. By incorporating realistic elements like cognitive impairment or background noise, VRSim aims to enhance immersion for trainees.

The Role of Immersive Technology

VRSim’s technology aims to replicate real-life emergency situations to better prepare EMS workers for critical moments. By engaging younger generations comfortable with virtual reality, the company hopes to make training more accessible and affordable.

Critical Role of EMS Workers Highlighted

The forum also included a screening of “Honorable But Broken,” a documentary showcasing the essential role of EMS workers nationwide. A panel discussion addressed workforce shortages exacerbated by factors like COVID-19 and lack of funding in Connecticut.

Looking Towards Solutions

Governor Ned Lamont formed a task force last year to address the ongoing EMS workforce crisis. VRSim’s CEO emphasized that while technology plays a vital role in training improvement, it is ultimately the dedication of EMS workers that will drive solutions forward.

Source: CBIA News – VRSim, Inc.: Using Innovative Technology to Help Solve Labor Shortage Crisis in Emergency Medical Services Field

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