Filip Standaert

Vice-President of Marketing & Education Solutions, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Johnson & Johnson.

The healthcare sector has always been an early adopter of technology, recognising its valuable role in improving patient safety, experiences and outcomes. Today, insight-driven surgical solutions are being developed and delivered into the hands of clinicians at a swifter rate than ever before. Accordingly, medical technology companies have not only a role, but a responsibility to help drive excellence in clinician training in the 21st century. I believe that one of the most interesting and innovative areas of healthcare today – where technology can add value and improve outcomes – exists before a clinician even reaches the operating room (OR). It’s here that technology such as virtual reality (VR) proves itself to be a crucial vehicle to maximize clinician capabilities through training and development. When it comes to delivering education, VR data truly speaks for itself. A study conducted in 2017 with the first Johnson & Johnson VR education module found that 80 percent of 107 interviewed orthopaedic surgeons would like to use VR frequently for training, and 90 percent would recommend VR training to their peers. [1] VR enables surgeons to train in a fully immersive virtual OR environment that is safe and provides them with flexibility, repeatability and direct feedback to enhance technical skills. But VR training is not just limited to surgeons. In-service training for nurses is an area that has historically seen little investment. VR may prove a powerful system to address nurse’s training needs, helping to build a more confident, multi-disciplinary OR team, and ultimately delivering better results for patients. Education and innovation is built into the foundations of Johnson & Johnson’s 132-year heritage, one that has always adopted a people-focused approach that goes beyond products. Using our size, reach and resources to enhance human health and outcomes, I’m delighted that our total professional education...