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Level Ex Introduces Virtual Technique Guides

Level Ex Introduces Virtual Technique Guides

Allow sales representatives to train surgeons located anywhere in the world.

By Level Ex10.20.20
Level Ex, a creator of medical video games for physicians and surgeons, has launched its latest product, Virtual Technique Guides. This collaborative surgical training platform applies the multiplayer interactivity of cloud gaming to enable surgeons to perform virtual procedures with medical device sales representatives over the same web conferencing platform.
 
Virtual Technique Guides close a critical training gap that emerged as the medical device industry was crippled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, impeding sales teams and restricting access to train surgeons, nurses, and technicians in hospital settings. Without in-person meetings with medical device representatives, surgeons have reverted to PowerPoint slides, IFU documentation, and passive videos to acquire device knowledge and refine surgical techniques.
 
Performing Virtual Surgery, Together
Virtual Technique Guides allow sales representatives to train surgeons located anywhere in the world, replicating any type of medical device, surgical procedure, patient type, or surgical complication. If a surgeon in Maine is having trouble with a specific step in a procedure, a trainer from a medical device company located in Boston can virtually meet with that surgeon within minutes to go through the procedure, step-by-step, in the Virtual Technique Guides remote training environment. 
 
Users can access this environment on any mobile or desktop web browser by clicking on a web link or scanning a QR code—with no app to download or software to install. Sales representatives can continue their video conversation over the web conferencing platform of their choice with Virtual Technique Guides integrated into the experience. Compatible platforms include Zoom, Microsoft Teams, WebEx, GoToMeeting, Google Hangouts, and more.
 
Seamless Interactivity
Using the state-of-the-art in 3D visual effects, Virtual Technique Guides support thousands of medical procedures in all 27 surgical specialties and subspecialties featuring: 
 
  • Ultra-realistic anatomy and medical devices with spectacular detail
  • Accurate tissue simulation that moves and responds realistically to user interaction
  • Visualizations in real-time under visible light, X-ray, ultrasound, CT, and MRI
  • Ability to replicate a full range of device movements down to the micrometer with multiple degrees of freedom
 
Cloud Gaming Technology
Proven to facilitate knowledge transfer and improve skill, Virtual Technique Guides allow surgeons, sales representatives, and trainers to step into a virtual operating room to synchronously learn and reciprocate tasks between each other without having to be in the same physical space. The underlying technology enabling this never-before-seen surgical training is the company’s new, cloud-based gaming platform, Level Ex Remote Play. To date, this level of cloud-gaming technology has been exclusive to major game streaming services like Playstation Now, Google Stadia, and Microsoft XCloud. Level Ex Remote Play marks the first application of this technology in healthcare.
 
“Level Ex is known for accurately recreating the fluids, tissues, and visualizations needed to capture the most advanced surgical scenarios on a mobile device. In 2019, we saw the next opportunity to transcend the limitations of smartphone hardware: we began making substantial investments in cloud-gaming technology to enable more realistic simulation by leveraging compute resources in the cloud,” said Sam Glassenberg, founder and CEO of Level Ex. “When COVID-19 hit, this investment proved more important than we could ever have imagined. We had the capability to recreate that critical training dynamic between the surgeon and their sales rep seen in the physical OR.”
 
Over the past year, Level Ex has recruited many of the top technologists and creatives from the video games industry—several of whom were instrumental in developing these new products. Level Ex's elite game development team has worked hand-in-hand with top 10 medical device companies to enable their sales teams and swiftly connect them to surgeons using its years of experience building award-winning surgical training programs. 
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