An Open Source Seminar focusing on how Virtual Reality can revolutionise treatment and medical education was held today at the Mauritius Institute of Health (MIH), Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Hospital in Pamplemousses in the presence of the Executive Director of the MIH, Dr G. Daby. Several doctors, practitioners, pharmacists, nursing officers and professionals of the health sector attended.
The half-day seminar, organised by the MIH in collaboration with Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, was conducted by Mr Fabien Benetou, Mozilla Tech Speaker from Belgium. The latter gave an insight of the latest technologies in medical education and provided numerous cutting-edge examples to explain the benefits of Virtual Reality.
In her address, Dr Daby underlined that the emergence of Open Source has contributed significantly in bringing considerable improvements in healthcare systems around the world. Researchers, doctors, and nurses are now discovering innovative ways to leverage immersive technologies and transform the practice as well as teaching of medicine, she emphasised. Open source phenomenon, she recalled, is compelling each and everyone to break away from traditional education and move towards the use of contemporary means to grasp knowledge.
She highlighted that Augmented and Virtual Reality medical applications provide an ideal platform for advanced medical education, enabling students and specialists to master their field through deliberate practice before engaging with patients. Anatomical functions and structures that were earlier difficult to visualize through traditional means can today be discovered through visualisations, embodied simulations, and personalised analytics, she added.
The seminar, the Executive Director underscored, aimed at showing how Virtual Reality could be deployed in the health sector to build on the competencies of medical professionals and improve training. On this score, she pointed out that the MIH is engagedin the promotion of health and quality of life through appropriate training and research.

Source: Government of Mauritius