Voice-activated virtual reality leadership training is designed to help leaders deal with sensitive issues with their teams and is inspired by “Talking Taboo: Making the Most of Polarized Discussions at Work,” written by Dr. Alex Alonso, SHRM-SCP, CKO of the Society for Human Resource Management.
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Novant Health has announced that it has already started what it says is the first-ever VR-based leadership development exercise in partnership with the Novant Health Innovation Lab.
Many of its clinical and non-clinical leaders have already participated using a soft skills training program created by the Moth + Flame studio in Brooklyn, New York. The cloud platform, called Promise, uses virtual reality to drive and sustain organizational cultural change.
Team members across the health system serving locations in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia will also immerse themselves in a life-like environment that uses natural language processing to practice challenging workplace discussions—and ultimately address unconscious bias—in a supportive, non-threatening environment.
“Health care is very personal and can sometimes require difficult conversations,” Dr. Cher Gregory, senior vice president and chief health justice officer, Novant Health, said in the prepared statement.
They will be separated from their usual surroundings and use their voices to interact with the virtual participants.
Moth + Flame stated that this type of immersion provides organizations with greater training efficiency than 2D instructional training because “participants learn by doing rather than by splitting click,” according to the announcement.
“Virtual reality is transforming corporate training by reducing training time and improving training outcomes,” said Kevin Cornish, founder and CEO of Moth + Flame. “We have seen that individual leaders are more confident in the material they have learned than in traditional learning formats.”
Virtual reality is being used throughout the healthcare sector to meet needs such as surgical training, patient distraction, and even to address the shortage of mental health professionals.
At Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, Tennessee, Virtual reality-based surgical training has greatly increased procedures’ accuracy and completion rate, according to Dr. Cory Calendin, chief of orthopedic surgery. Tell Healthcare IT news Earlier this month, he strongly advised integrating virtual reality systems into training programs.
Virtual reality is too The mental health sector has been waiting for the “moderate,” according to Risa Weisberg, chief clinical officer of BehaVR and a clinical psychologist licensed to teach psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and Brown University.
“Virtual reality replaces your sensory input, creating an immersive experience that the brain processes as if it were an entirely new reality,” she said.
“It’s as if everything you see and hear is actually happening to you. This level of engagement means that experiences in virtual reality are processed by your brain in the same way that actual experiences are.”
“I am proud to be part of an organization committed to investing in training and future development, giving our team members the confidence and ability to have these necessary conversations with team members and/or their patients,” Gregory said. in the prepared statement.
“At Novant Health, we are constantly looking for solutions that combine our focus on purposeful innovation with human-centered care,” said Carmen Canalis, Senior Vice President and Chief People and Affiliation Officer at Novant Health.
Andrea Fox is Senior Editor at Healthcare IT News.
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