The greatest challenge to translational medical solutions is the communication of product features between the user and the development team. What if the user was a physician with software development skills able to articulate their needs in code? In this webinar, two practicing physicians, anesthesiologist Joe Morgan and colo-rectal surgeon Omar Aly will discuss their experience creating medical XR software. Joining the conversation as moderator is game prototyping expert Bernard François, founder of PreviewLabs, dedicated to rapid prototyping for projects using game dev technology.
Drs. Aly and Morgan’s translational medical XR software experience is summarized below.
Affordable Surgical Simulation to Tackle the Global Surgery Workforce Crisis – Omar Aly MD
The COVID19 pandemic constrained in-person surgical training drawing attention to digital and eXtended Reality simulation alternatives and inspiring Dr. Aly to develop a VR framework leveraging his surgical and software development expertise. The project takes a novel approach to surgical scenario simulation by translating tissue behavior and surgical first principles dissection techniques into software algorithms. New high-performance software algorithms simulating physical and biological phenomena run efficiently on consumer-grade VR hardware.
Waya Health, Enterprise-Wide Continuum of Care Immersive Solutions – Joe Morgan MD
Waya Health, a physician led company, improves patients’ state of mind, well-being, and clinical outcomes with evidence-based immersive experiences. Waya Health’s unified platform is fully scalable and leverages clinical domain expertise with thoughtfully dedicated solutions across key service lines. Waya’s web app, XR software, and content library offer enterprise-wide solutions that address problems commonly encountered within hospitals, peri-operative care, senior care, pediatrics, and rehabilitation.
Dr. Morgan is a board-certified anesthesiologist, and the founder and President of Wellovate, the company behind Waya Health. Dr. Morgan completed medical school at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and completed his residency at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He is currently the medical director of anesthesia at Watauga Medical Center in Boone North Carolina. While at the Cleveland Clinic, he designed, developed, and patented a system for the collection and the environmentally friendly destruction of controlled substance waste. Dr. Morgan’s interest in extended reality started shortly after completing his residency in 2015. Seeing the vast potential for the technology in healthcare, he and his team began building systems that pioneer extended reality technologies for patient-centered applications. Wellovate’ s extended reality software delivers clinical extended reality solutions to patients at hospitals and senior care facilities across the United States. Dr. Morgan’s interest in AI lies at its interface with extended reality, and especially how these technologies can combine to benefit patients. He has advanced educational efforts for providers as well as residents focused on the use of extended reality to help patients.