VReduMED 2023-26 | Virtual Reality Education and Training Solutions for Medicine Sector

The main task of the VReduMED partnership – consisting of 10 partner organisations from 5 Central European countries (CZ, SK, AT, HU, DE) – is the introduction of Virtual Reality as a people-centered MedTech innovation in the education for care professions.
The aim of VReduMED is to improve the cooperation between healthcare education and medtech suppliers (particularly SMEs/start-ups), using Virtual Reality as key enabler to make care work more attractive and ensure high-quality care services in the future.
The project purpose is to respond comprehensively the joint challenges in the education of care professionals in the Central European region.

The project's target groups are:

Higher education and
research organisations
Education and training
Small and medium-sized
Business support
Hospitals and
medical centres
Regional public
National public
VReduMED focuses on enrich the education of care students and the upskilling of care practitioners, in addition to foster the uptake of MedTech assistance systems by the care sector, and trigger the cocreative development of demand-tailored MedTech solutions.

#1 As a first step, the project partners will prepare the strategic basis to enable MedTech companies and newcomer SMEs to develop innovative VR-based solutions adapted to the needs of care education/care professionals and to launch a collaboration among SMEs, between the MedTech and care experts.

#2 Then follows the establishment of a transnational Care Education Forum as a representative platform of care science lecturers, as well as teachers and trainers of upskilling programmes. In parallel VR application prototypes will be developed by the partners, which will address specific challenges of care work.

#3 Finally, a network of VReduMED labs will be establish, in which VR applications and tools will be available for demonstration purposes and for the implementation of various trainings and innovative interaction formats with care students and care professionals. This phase focuses on target group
involvement with the aim of reality check of VR in care education and demonstrating the VReduMED approach in pilot actions.

The project results will be summarized in a VReduMED manual, which will include the experiences of the Care Education Forum, the results of the VReduMED pilot actions, an educational concept and recommendations for the regional nursing education system.