Tech News article The new VA platform, named VTOL (Virtual Operating System), is aimed at helping veterans access VA services, while also expanding the VA’s reach into healthcare systems that are not directly funded by the federal government.
VTOL will also be able to handle VR apps and games, which are now restricted to Windows devices.VA officials announced the VTOL launch at a Tech Day event in Washington DC last week.
VA Secretary David Shulkin described VTOL as a new platform that will allow VA health care providers to deliver VR-capable services to veterans.VA Chief Information Officer Steve Wozniak told reporters during the event that VTOL is a platform for VA care, adding that VA will “offer VR in a way that is relevant and useful to our patients.”
VA will continue to offer VR to VA health professionals in its network, but will also have VR-based apps that are currently restricted to Microsoft and Google’s Android devices.
Wozniack said VA will make VR available to VA employees through the VA VR Apps portal, which has been available since 2015.
VA has partnered with the VR Apps program, but has yet to announce which VA employees will be able access VR-enabled apps.
Wozniewski also said VA is working on the first virtual reality training for its staff.
Wuzniak said VA also plans to expand its VR services to other healthcare systems.
He said the VA is currently looking at providing VR to healthcare providers in the U.S. and internationally.
“This is a big deal, it is going to be a huge deal, and we’re excited about it,” Woznieksaid.
“We want to be very careful, because it’s not something that we’re doing lightly.”
The VA is partnering with Microsoft on a VR training program, which will begin this summer and last until 2019.
Wazniewki said VA expects to make VR training accessible to more VA employees than it has before.
“The way we’re approaching this is that we are looking at the VA as a whole,” Wazniyiak said.
“So if there are veterans who need to get their hands on VR training, then we’re providing that training to the VA and we want to make sure that we have those resources in place to give them those training resources.”
And so I think the more we can do for veterans that we can actually give them that training resources that they can access, that’s the way we want things to go.
“Wozniewicz said the new VA VR platform will allow the VA to provide VA healthcare to veterans who cannot access VA health services through the VR portal.
VA plans to make the VR-focused apps available to all VA employees in the next few months, Woznaniewski said.”
Waznoiak also announced that VA is planning to open up its VR training programs to the public. “
And so that’s something we’re going to continue to work on, working with Microsoft and with other providers.”
Waznoiak also announced that VA is planning to open up its VR training programs to the public.
He explained that VA plans on opening up VR training to its employees through a VR portal, allowing VA employees to access VR training in their own homes.
“It’s going to allow the public to participate in VR training,” Wzniewsaid.
Wosnikiewski, who was also in attendance at Tech Day, said that the VA was able to leverage VR training tools like the Google Cardboard headset, and the VA has also found that VR training can help veterans gain better and more focused vision.
Watzniak added that the new VR platform is also meant to address challenges veterans face when accessing VA services.
Wizniak also revealed that VA has signed a $5 million contract with a technology company to develop and support VR training and VR-accelerated tasks for VA employees.
Wuzniack also announced plans to launch a virtual reality learning resource for VA personnel, and also said the department plans to provide VR training for VA workers.WZNIAK said VA plans also to open VR training resources for other VA workers, including some in healthcare facilities.
“When you go to a VA facility, the first thing that you’re going for is to have a VR experience, and VA is very interested in finding ways that we will be more efficient and that we’ll be able do the training faster,” WZniakaid.