Virtual Reality for Health Care
At eHealth for Everyone, we are implementing virtual reality by using digital applications and mobile devices that simulate health care scenarios allowing for high fidelity, high frequency experiences in a safe virtual space.
Our virtual reality platforms in healthcare has many compelling use cases, ranging from serving as a training tool for providers to being used directly on patients to improve health outcomes.>
Helping Babies Breathe (eHBB)
We have worked on a virtual reality construct for Helping Babies Breathe (eHBB) in collaboration with the University of Washington and Oxford University. It was tested at National Hospital Abuja and implemented at Lagos University Teaching Hospital.
The eHBB application usability testing in Nigeria was carried out at
National Hospital in Abuja with eHealth4everyone serving as the lead facilitator
during this process.
The eHealth4everyone team within a period of 3 months carried out numerous
tests of the application with Nurses, Midwives and Doctors specialized in the
field of child birth and child health care. The team provided crucial feedback and
recommendations to the developers of the application based on the testing results.
The feedback was logged and worked on to further improve
the usability and performance of the application.
The project consists of two major applications:
▪ eHBB virtual reality application.
▪ mHBS training and video application
Initialization and Set up of Smartphones:
Smart phones and tablets were set up with google accounts created by the
development team to track the phones and ensure its use is solely for the
eHBB/mHBS program. The google account names were also used as study ID’s
for easy identification. The Virtual reality and Tracking & video applications
were installed on these smartphone. After the installation process was completed,
each participant’s unique study ID was set-up on the applications, syncing their
details with the application database.
Test and Review of Applications:
After completion of the installation and setup process, the applications were tested
to ensure they work optimally and that data collected through the application can be
accessed from the developers end.
Training and Execution:
Research assistants and training participants were trained on the utilization of the applications. For the duration of the training, the following
▪ All smart devices used for the training were updated (this included all smartphones and tablets used for the mannequin test).
▪ All participants involved in the training sessions were enrolled using their biodata.
▪ Technical assistance was provided to the presenters and project assistants.