“It is a scenario-driven counselling guides that assist practitioner in counseling patients and that’s more of a research focus and an actual implemented training practice at the moment in our department.”
“We believe to truly train someone in educating a patient on their medicines, you need access to information in all sorts of forms, immediately. Traditionally, you’d be looking at a book, or looking at a computer. But that’s taking your eyes away from the person that’s actually counselling, or being counselled, so in a training setting, we’d allow that person to get a teleprompter-style feed of information to not necessarily give direct instruction, but to guide them through that process.
In a nutshell, he said the technology helps the university standardise care, providing the “training wheels” for practitioners in early practice.
“From an educator’s standpoint, it is exciting. To wait to put students into placement at a later stage is really detrimental to the skillset that a student gains. But it is also logistically very difficult to put someone into practice without skills. So it’s kind of like horses and cart kind of stuff - which one goes first. This technology really lets them build an experience and then skill them up, and then put them back into that experience in a later stage. That’s really exciting for training.”
Asked his next steps, Grant said the university is now shifting to the inclusion of gesture control on the device. It is working with a company called Panedia for its videography needs in the healthcare setting.
“We will still be using the BT-300 but we’re sourcing the addition of gesture control for it. It allows you a more hands-free approach to accessing not only environments, but also in terms of that heads up counselling guide to have a gesture input.”
He said the use of 360 video - rather than the traditional static imagery - is another important push forward. “That would be providing instructor like advice to someone on equipment, or procedures, or practices. It would let you essentially stand on the shoulder of a practitioner and gain insight and skills. It is almost like a first-person point of view experience.”
Grant, a self-confessed gadget guy, said he’s excited about the opportunities associated with these types of emerging technologies.
“I’ve always been a gadget person. I love gadgets. But I think the evolution of gadgetry is giving general everyday users the ability to tailor the content for them, and I think this is exciting. In the past, you needed tech guys and programmers and all sorts of stuff to be able to make it all happen - but now we're getting a whole bunch of tools that are almost ready for practitioners to be able to create ideas and deliver those ideas to the point of practice - and that’s an exciting time at the moment.”
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