COVID-19 challenged us to move more medical training programs online. Although virtual training can’t replace hands-on experience, virtual training is more than a short-term fix — rather, it’s an opportunity to permanently expand access to health knowledge.
From Myanmar to the U.S. Virgin Islands, from nurses to ministers of health, we developed a COVID-19 community health curriculum and virtually trained more than 2,000 people in partnership with Brown University. This effort opened doors for our Medical Surgical team, who can now reach 12 times as many physicians than it could a year ago. From live-streaming laparoscopic surgeries to incorporating Smart Glasses and augmented reality, we continue to invent effective and engaging ways to train at a distance.
But virtual training is far from new at Medtronic. With Touch Surgery, all you need is an internet connection to access a wealth of healthcare knowledge — more than 200 surgery simulations across 17 different specialties. With about four million users, the app found new use in the United Kingdom in 2020: training clinicians on COVID-19 response.