Virtro combines virtual reality and artificial intelligence to create training simulations that are proving critical to key healthcare workers as they navigate the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic
➨ Virtro was founded in 2016 by Jordan and Lee Brighton
➨ The company recently deployed its PPE healthcare training simulations at Monash University and the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria, Australia
➨ Virtro also launched the Be Confident: Job Interview Simulations last year to provide another avenue for job seekers to hone their interview skills
With the Covid-19 pandemic still causing significant disruption and healthcare issues around the world, Canadian technology company Virtro is using competency-based immersive training simulations for virtual reality and web browsers to deliver critical knowledge and skills to key workers.
Virtro, founded in 2016 by Jordan and Lee Brighton, combines virtual reality and artificial intelligence (AI) to create training simulations in which the learner interacts with virtual humans.
The company’s training simulations cover a broad range of critical industries and sectors that have been hit particularly hard by the pandemic, including healthcare, and trade and manufacturing.
Most recently, Virtro deployed its personal protective equipment (PPE) healthcare training simulations at Monash University and the Department of Health and Human Services in Victoria, Australia.
This simulation is designed to train workers in Australia’s care homes on the correct application and removal of PPE to lessen the impacts of the second-wave of Covid-19.
Vitro says its platform assesses learners’ skill competency using both e-learning designed by Monash and its own web browser practice simulations.
Five thousand PPE simulation licences are currently active in Australia. The simulation is also available in Canada.
Debra Griffiths, professor and Head of Nursing and Midwifery at Monash University, says Virtro provided “an accessible remote platform to allow our aged care workers to practice donning and doffing PPE and infection control principles safely, as frequently as needed, to support a resilient workforce against Covid-19 outbreaks”.
Jordan Brighton, who is chief executive officer of Virtro, adds: “Unfortunately, long-term/aged care homes have been hit hard again in both Canada and Australia by Covid-19. This is why it’s so important for us to act quickly to deploy an application to efficiently and effectively train healthcare workers to serve the group most vulnerable to Covid-19.”
“Easily accessible, scalable, engaging training is a technology requirement as an outcome of the pandemic. We are proud to be developing simulations that can make a change for the better.”
‘It’s tough for job seekers right now’
The jobs market is another area hit particularly by the pandemic that digital and immersive technologies can and are supporting.
Virtro launched the Be Confident: Job Interview Simulations last year to provide another avenue for job seekers to hone their interview skills at a time when social distancing and lockdowns are limiting face-to-face contact.
These soft skills simulations, much like those aimed at healthcare, use AI-powered virtual humans for job interview practice, either in virtual reality or through web browsers.
Lee Brighton, who is president of Virto, explains: “The simulation mirrors a real job interview, but rather than a human interviewing the candidate, trained artificially intelligent characters we call virtual humans carry out the interviews. It is an amazingly effective practice tool for students, newcomers and those in career transition.”
These simulations also deliver metrics and analytics, in addition to a complete transcript and audio file of the learner’s interview. They can self-evaluate or share the results with a career adviser or mentor.
Jordan Brighton adds: “It’s tough for job seekers right now, with unemployment high in a competitive job market, it is critical to present well at each interview.”
“Job Interview Simulations is an application designed specifically to help people improve their skills by allowing users to practice in simulated interviews.”