Press release: Next Galaxy to Develop Virtual Reality Applications for Miami Children’s Hospital
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — Next Galaxy Corp, a leading technology and content solutions company developing dynamic, innovative consumer Virtual Reality experiences and technology, is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with Miami Children’s Hospital (MCH) to develop immersive Virtual Reality (VR) medical instructional content for patient and medical professional education.
Per the multi-year agreement, Next Galaxy and Miami Children’s Hospital are jointly developing VR Instructionals on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other life saving procedures, which will be released as an application for smartphones.
The Virtual Reality Model will incorporate a number of features to educate participants in a highly beneficial and productive way far beyond today’s methodology of passively watching video and taking written tests. Some of the unique features of the VR instructional include interaction with the ability to “walk around” inside the scenario, where participants can interact using Voice Commands, Gesture, and Eye Gaze Control.
Assessments are also incorporated directly into the medical VR models, creating situations where participants are required to make the appropriate decisions about proper techniques.
The Virtual CPR instructional will measure metrics and provide real-time feedback ensuring participants accurately perform CPR techniques. Further, the instructional will explain any mistake and prompt users to try again when errors are made; supportive messages are delivered upon success.
The medical VR models will be viewable through smartphone and desktop as 3D and via VR devices such as Google Cardboard, VRONE and Oculus Rift.
“We are very excited about the new partnership with Next Galaxy to leverage the power of Virtual Reality to create innovative and impactful medical learning experiences,” said Dr. Narendra Kini, President and CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital. “Through our MCH Virtual Reality education, we are breaking new ground with leading technologies and look forward to transitioning our extensive training library from two-dimensional to three-dimensional immersive content for the benefit of patients and the entire healthcare community.”
“In addition to being one of the nation’s most esteemed hospitals for its clinical outcomes, MCH is building a legacy as a pioneer in healthcare with its unabated efforts to connect, educate and reinvent the healthcare experience,” said Mary Spio, President of Next Galaxy Corp. “Knowing how to properly perform CPR and other emergency techniques is crucial for everyone; whether it’s a new mom saving a baby from choking, or a teacher helping a kid who has been punched in the chest at school, or a kid choking on hard candy at the movies, you never know when it will be handy. We are proud to be integral to these revolutionary efforts and look forward to working with Miami Children’s Hospital on many more life saving courses.”
About Miami Children’s Health System
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Miami Children’s Hospital operates South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with more than 650 attending physicians and over 130 pediatric sub-specialists. The 289-bed nonprofit hospital is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine and routinely has many programs ranked among the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report. The organization has grown and evolved into the Miami Children’s Health System (MCHS) which includes Miami Children’s Health Foundation, the organization’s 501c3 fundraising arm; a network of eight nonprofit outpatient centers situated in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties; Pediatric Specialty Group, Inc., a nonprofit physician practice subsidiary; a management services organization, and an ambulatory surgery center, as well as an e-commerce line of children’s wellness and safety products that support the hospital’s mission of serving the region’s pediatric population. MCHS is the region’s only healthcare system exclusively for children www.mch.com
About Next Galaxy Corp
Next Galaxy Corporation is a leading developer of innovative content solutions and fully Immersive Consumer Virtual Reality technology. The Company’s flagship consumer product in development is CEEK, a next-generation fully immersive entertainment and educational social virtual reality platform featuring a combination of live action and 3D experiences. Next Galaxy’s CEEK simulates the communal experience of attending events, such as concerts, sporting events, movies or conferences through Virtual Reality. Next Galaxy is developing entertainment and educational experiences for VR Cinema, VR Concerts, VR Sports, VR Business, VR Tourism and more. In short, Next Galaxy is building the meeting places of the future. For further information, visit www.nextgalaxycorp.com.