Wales Leads in the Development of VR Experiences in Healthcare – Business News Wales

UWTSD’s Assistive Technologies Innovation Centre (ATiC) and Cardiff University’s Clinical Innovation Accelerator (CIA) are collaborating with Rescape Innovation Ltd to improve the safe deployment of VR for health care staff and patients.

Rescape Innovation Ltd are pioneering the use of Virtual Reality (VR) in healthcare to reduce pain, anxiety and improve the patient journey. They have established a VR platform, called DR.VR™, that has been used successfully in the NHS, Care Homes and Hospices. The platform has also been successfully used to help reduce anxiety and stress in frontline care staff during the COVID-19 pandemic as well successfully training empathy and other emotional skills in blue light services.

With the emergence of COVID-19 the requirement for robust infection control protocols for the successful deployment of VR has become even more critical. Rescape has partnered with the team at Accelerate, specifically ATIC and CIA, to support Rescape in addressing their immediate challenge around infection control processes for safe deployment of VR and CE marking for DR.VRTM and also identify longer term RD&I challenges for the DR.VR TM platform and its effective deployment across a wider range of healthcare applications.

ATiC is working closely with Rescape, infection control nurse specialists and a group of NHS staff and carers who use DR.VRTM to understand and evaluate the way VR is currently being used with patients and staff across a range of clinical areas.   Using a physical simulation of a real care environment constructed in their User Experience (UX) Lab in SA1 Swansea to address the current limitations in hospital and care home access, the ATiC research team are using a combination behavioural observation technology, including remote eye tracking, to evaluate the working approaches to safe deployment of the VR system in different healthcare scenarios.

User expertise, the type of patients, the physical environment, verbal and non-verbal communication and the design of the VR equipment itself all play a vital role in its effective deployment in healthcare settings.  Using a combination of multi-camera audio/video recordings along with remote eye tracking and facial expression analysis available at their UX Lab, ATiC will be able to gain a better understanding of how staff and patients interact with each other and the system and capture important insights on how it’s safety and usability can be improved.

In parallel with this research work, Cardiff University’s Professor of Pharmaceutical Microbiology, Jean-Yves Maillard, will be advising on the effectiveness of current decontamination guidelines and how these can be improved.  Professor Maillard and his team at the School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences will also be undertaking laboratory testing to establish the microbicidal efficacy of new guidelines and product / service enhancements to the DR.VRTM platform that will be developed by Rescape.

The aim is to use the research findings from the project to support Rescape’s development of the DR.VRTM system and new training and user guidelines for even safer deployment within healthcare scenarios as we continue to battle the longer-term impacts of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The project is being led by Dr Sean Jenkins, Principal Innovation Fellow at ATiC, who is delighted to be collaborating with Cardiff University and Rescape as part of the Accelerate programme in Wales.

Dr Jenkins said:

“This is another excellent example of the collaborative potential for innovation between Welsh universities, NHS Wales, private sector care providers and the med-tech industry in Wales – exactly what the Accelerate programme was designed to do!”

“The project’s immediate short-term objective is to support Rescape through rapid applied research so they can develop new approaches to the safer deployment of VR in response to the challenges of COVID-19.  The longer-term objective is to help Rescape expand a collaborative program of RD&I, at scale, to establish a body of evidence and use-cases that demonstrate applications and benefits of VR and inform the development and implementation of this technology in future healthcare.”

Matt Wordley CEO of Rescape Innovation said:

“At Rescape in the last 18 months, we’ve shown that VR can have an enormous impact on improved healthcare in both clinical and non-clinical settings. This project with the teams at University of Wales Trinity Saint David and Cardiff University will help solve some of the challenges to enable the deployment of virtual reality at scale across both primary and secondary care.”

Sheridan Methuen, Head of Industry Engagement at Life Science Hub Wales, said:

“It’s great to see that the collective resource and expertise provided through the Accelerate programme, is helping organisations like Rescape to positively reshape delivery of patient care in Wales. This fantastic project underpins the principle ethos of the Accelerate programme and highlights the power of collaboration.“

Professor Malliard from Cardiff University said:

“I am delighted to have the opportunity to contribute to this collaborative project to ensure that the exciting deployment of VR in healthcare settings will be safe and successful.”

Accelerate is funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government.

To find out more, visit: https://lshubwales.com/programmes/accelerate-programme

Mae Canolfan Arloesi Technolegau Cynorthwyol UWTSD (ATiC) a Chyflymydd Arloesi Clinigol Prifysgol Caerdydd (CIA) yn cydweithredu ag Rescape Innovation Ltd i wella’r defnydd diogel o rhithwir ar gyfer staff gofal iechyd a chleifion.

Mae Rescape Innovation Ltd yn arloesi yn y defnydd o rhithwir mewn gofal iechyd i leihau poen, pryder a gwella taith y claf. Maent wedi sefydlu platfform rhithwir, o’r enw DR.VR™, sydd wedi’i ddefnyddio’n llwyddiannus yn y GIG, Cartrefi Gofal ac Hosbisau. Defnyddiwyd y platfform yn llwyddiannus hefyd i helpu i leihau pryder a straen mewn staff gofal rheng flaen yn ystod pandemig COVID-19 yn ogystal â hyfforddi empathi a sgiliau emosiynol eraill mewn gwasanaethau golau glas yn llwyddiannus.

Gydag ymddangosiad COVID-19 mae’r gofyniad am brotocolau rheoli heintiau cadarn ar gyfer defnyddio rhithwir yn llwyddiannus wedi dod yn bwysicach fyth. Mae Rescape wedi partneru gyda’r tîm Cyflymu, yn benodol ATIC a CIA, i gefnogi Rescape i fynd i’r afael â’u her uniongyrchol o amgylch prosesau rheoli heintiau ar gyfer defnyddio marcio VR  yn ddiogel ar gyfer DR.VR™ a hefyd nodi heriau ymchwil, datblyu ac arloesi gyfer llwyfan DR.VR™ a’i ddefnydd effeithiol ar draws ystod ehangach o gymwysiadau gofal iechyd.

Mae ATiC yn gweithio’n agos gydag Rescape, arbenigwyr nyrsio rheoli heintiau a grŵp o staff a gofalwyr y GIG sy’n defnyddio DR.VR™ i ddeall a gwerthuso’r ffordd y mae rhithwir yn cael ei ddefnyddio ar hyn o bryd gyda chleifion a staff ar draws ystod o feysydd clinigol. Gan ddefnyddio efelychiad corfforol o amgylchedd gofal go iawn a adeiladwyd yn eu Labordy Profiad Defnyddiwr (UX) yn SA1 Abertawe i fynd i’r afael â’r cyfyngiadau cyfredol mewn mynediad i’r ysbyty a chartref gofal, mae tîm ymchwil ATiC yn defnyddio technoleg arsylwi ymddygiad cyfun, gan gynnwys olrhain llygaid o bell, gwerthuso’r dulliau gweithio o ddefnyddio’r system rhithwir yn ddiogel mewn gwahanol senarios gofal iechyd.

Mae arbenigedd defnyddwyr, y math o gleifion, yr amgylchedd ffisegol, cyfathrebu geiriol a di-eiriau a dyluniad yr offer rhithwir ei hun i gyd yn chwarae rhan hanfodol yn ei ddefnydd effeithiol mewn lleoliadau gofal iechyd. Gan ddefnyddio cyfuniad o recordiadau sain / fideo aml-gamera ynghyd â thracio llygaid o bell a dadansoddiad mynegiant wyneb sydd ar gael yn eu UX Lab, bydd ATiC yn gallu cael gwell dealltwriaeth o sut mae staff a chleifion yn rhyngweithio â’i gilydd a’r system ac yn dal pwysig gellir gwella mewnwelediadau ar sut mae ei ddiogelwch a’i ddefnyddioldeb.

Ochr yn ochr â’r gwaith ymchwil hwn, bydd Athro Microbioleg Fferyllol Prifysgol Caerdydd, Jean-Yves Maillard, yn cynghori ar effeithiolrwydd y canllawiau dadheintio cyfredol a sut y gellir gwella’r rhain. Bydd yr Athro Maillard a’i dîm yn yr Ysgol Fferylliaeth a Gwyddorau Fferyllol hefyd yn cynnal profion labordy i sefydlu effeithiolrwydd microbicidal canllawiau newydd a gwelliannau cynnyrch / gwasanaeth i’r platfform DR.VR™ a fydd yn cael ei ddatblygu gan Rescape.

Y nod yw defnyddio canfyddiadau ymchwil y prosiect i gefnogi datblygiad Rescape o’r system DR.VR™ a chanllawiau hyfforddi diogel i defnyddwyr newydd yn y sector gofal iechyd, wrth i ni barhau i frwydro yn erbyn effeithiau tymor hwyr y pandemig COVID-19 byd-eang. .

Mae’r prosiect yn cael ei arwain gan Dr Sean Jenkins, Prif Gymrawd Arloesi yn ATiC, sy’n falch iawn o gydweithio â Phrifysgol Caerdydd ac Rescape fel rhan o’r rhaglen Cyflymu yng Nghymru.

Dywedodd Dr Jenkins:

“Dyma enghraifft wych arall o’r potensial cydweithredol ar gyfer arloesi rhwng prifysgolion Cymru, GIG Cymru, darparwyr gofal y sector preifat a’r diwydiant med-dechnoleg yng Nghymru – yn union yr hyn y cynlluniwyd y rhaglen Cyflymu i’w wneud!”

“Amcan tymor byr uniongyrchol y prosiect yw cefnogi Ail-lunio trwy ymchwil gymhwysol gyflym fel y gallant ddatblygu dulliau newydd o ddefnyddio VR yn fwy diogel mewn ymateb i heriau COVID-19. Yr amcan tymor hwy yw helpu Rescape i ehangu rhaglen gydweithredol o RD&I, ar raddfa, i sefydlu corff o dystiolaeth ac achosion defnydd sy’n dangos cymwysiadau a buddion VR a llywio datblygiad a gweithrediad y dechnoleg hon mewn gofal iechyd yn y dyfodol. “

Dywedodd Matt Wordley Prif Swyddog Gweithredol Rescape Innovation:

“Yn Rescape yn y 18 mis diwethaf, rydym wedi dangos y gall VR gael effaith enfawr ar well gofal iechyd mewn lleoliadau clinigol ac anghlinigol. Bydd y prosiect hwn gyda’r timau ym Mhrifysgol Cymru’r Drindod Saint David a Phrifysgol Caerdydd yn helpu i ddatrys rhai o’r heriau i alluogi defnyddio rhith-realiti ar raddfa ar draws gofal sylfaenol ac eilaidd. Dyfynnwch yma … ”

Dywedodd Sheridan Methuen, Pennaeth Ymgysylltu â’r Diwydiant yn Hyb Gwyddor Bywyd Cymru:

“Mae’n wych gweld bod yr adnodd a’r arbenigedd ar y cyd a ddarperir trwy’r rhaglen Cyflymu, yn helpu sefydliadau fel Rescape i ail-lunio darpariaeth gofal cleifion yng Nghymru yn gadarnhaol. Mae’r prosiect gwych hwn yn sail i brif ethos y rhaglen Cyflymu ac yn tynnu sylw at bŵer cydweithredu.”

Dywedodd yr Athro Malliard o Brifysgol Caerdydd:

 “Rwy’n falch iawn o gael y cyfle i gyfrannu at y prosiect cydweithredol hwn i sicrhau y bydd y defnydd cyffrous o VR mewn lleoliadau gofal iechyd yn ddiogel ac yn llwyddiannus.”

I gael gwybod mwy, ewch i: https://lshubwales.com/cy/rhaglenni/rhaglen-cyflymu

Mae Cyflymu yn cael ei gyd-ariannu gan Gronfa Datblygu Rhanbarthol Ewrop trwy Lywodraeth Cymru.