From visualising clinical processes and procedures, to experiential training for health practitioners and patient centred interventions, immersive technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality, have huge potential for disrupting the way we think about healthcare and wellbeing in the future.

This event, in collaboration with BIMA, Immersive Liverpool, Juice Immersive and Alder Hey Innovation Hub will be exploring the wide ranging impacts of immersive technology in the health and clinical sector. Ranging from applications in consumer health, to training environments and surgical innovations. We’ll hear from a range of innovators from around the Liverpool City Region and beyond.

Speakers and Demonstrators

Alder Hey Innovation Hub will talk about their programmes and ways that they can support businesses in develop innovations, products and services for the NHS, clinical and health markets.

Dr Rafael Guerero, Director of Heart Unit, Alder Hey Childrens Hospital. A surgeon who is working develop novel ways that use AR and VR for surgical heart analysis and procedures.

Immersive Interactive are the UK’s leading provider of fully immersive learning spaces in both education and emergency service sectors. They provide virtual learning spaces that are fully interactive and multisensory. Utilising bespoke content, their rooms create unique educational and training experiences that are both effective and memorable. They will have a set up of their Immersive Space—which is a cutting edge learning tool that engages users through sight, sound, smell, and touch.

Paul Duval, University of Liverpool Medical School will showcase and talk about the potential of VR in Medical Education. Paul has recently been working on a project called ‘Virtual Immersive Clinical Simulation (VICS)’ exploring how the experiential benefits of virtual reality can take classroom and simulation based learning to another level in clinical training.

Arjun Panesar, Diabetes.co.uk (Diabetes Digital Media)., will be presenting their virtual reality projects Exploring relationships with food, for education around Type 1 Diabetes. Current research indicates fluctuating glucose levels in children with diabetes may be associated with corresponding fluctuations in brain volume. The Type 1 Program addresses this by using a reinforcement learning approach to VR gamification to explore relationships with food.

ImmerseUK is a cross-sector network for businesses, research and educational organisations across the UK that are interested in immersive technologies, including augmented, virtual and mixed realities. They will be talking about the work they have been doing in encouraging innovation in immersive technology, as well as the findings of UK wide research project mapping the Immersive Economy.

**If you would like to come and showcase a project, demo or company please contact us — info (at) immersivestorylab.com

Innovation @ Alder Hey

Alder Hey Children’s hospital has embarked on an award winning innovation programme. The Hospital’s Innovation Service operates from a 1000m2 Innovation Hub which provides a space for health care professionals, industry and academia to drive the best of new technology into healthcare. Working with key technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Sensors and Virtual Reality, the team helps partners create, develop and test new innovations. Its role a partner in the ERDF funded Health Innovation Exchange programme is a key enabler of its work with industry. The programme’s seven partners help Liverpool City Region based technology, creative digital and life science companies to develop and bring new innovation to the health, well-being and social care markets.