CDC presents OneLab VR

The CDC introduces OneLab VR – an immersive lab tool enabling future lab professionals to gain expertise in a VR environment

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Although VR technology has long been known for its entertainment purposes, it has always been regarded as a promising approach to modernizing many industries, especially in the field of health care. The CDC has seen the potential of VR and has thus successfully integrated it into their initiative OneLab, aiming to train, connect and support laboratory professionals and testers.

Why is OneLab VR making waves in the lab training field?

Aspiring lab professionals need a lot of hands-on practice in order to gain the required expertise for their occupation of choice. Conducting clinical and lab training in a safe space, which allows trainees to learn through trial and error and receive guidance, is now more accessible through VR. That’s why the CDC has shown high interest in this innovation in an effort to make the most out of this technology’s capabilities in regards to enhancing the training process of lab technicians.

OneLab VR provides a virtual environment designed specifically for clinical and public health laboratory training. This app allows live VR training focused on a variety of lab topics to be conducted by a licensed instructor in a multiplayer virtual space. The presented VR environment has been carefully designed to replicate a real-life lab with all details taken into consideration, including fire alarms and sprinkler systems. Not only is everything surrounding the trainees resembling an actual lab facility, but the app allows all participants to engage in communication and collaborate as they would in a traditional real-life scenario.

The main purpose of OneLab VR is to help trainees learn the intricacies of laboratory equipment and familiarize themselves with all procedures and safety precautions applied in a lab facility. This is achieved through microlearning sessions, which last no longer than 10 minutes, and each provides a specific lab scenario.

There are 12 different laboratory layouts and more than 100 custom-build pieces of lab equipment, including: Real-time PCR machines, Microbial identification systems , Rotary microtome, tissue processor, Centrifuges, microfuges, Incubators, refrigerators, and freezers.

What makes OneLab VR the perfect learning tool for lab trainees?

The on-demand training approach enables controlled learning sessions in which the instructor can give immediate feedback. Regardless of their location, participants can gain experience and collaborate in this virtual environment.

There are comprehensive tutorials about the proper use of the app, which help those not so tech-savvy navigate their way in.

The greatest perk of all OneLab VR provides is the accurate virtual representation of a myriad of lab equipment pieces and of course, the perfect replica of a real-life lab layout. CDC’s Virtual Reality Team Lead, Joe Rothshield, has even stated that the app will be further developed with the creation of more training scenarios and updated virtual lab equipment, which is constantly improved in the real world.

The OneLab VR app was created for the Meta Quest headset and is free to use on the Meta Quest Store. This makes is more than accessible for anyone willing to adopt a more innovative approach to learning.

The team of VR today magazine applauds CDC’s decision to make use of VR’s potential in the field of laboratory training. OneLab VR is proof that this technology can deliver on many levels of expertise and is worth integrating in the practice modules lab and healthcare professionals are required to go through.

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