OSF HealthCare invests in VR training platform

Health Scholars, a cloud-based virtual reality platform offering clinical training programs, announced on Jan. 16 the close of a $17 million funding round that included participation from Peoria, Ill.-based OSF HealthCare.

The Series B fundraising will be used to develop new virtual training programs and scale Health Scholars' virtual technologies across hospitals and public safety organizations. The company's current VR library includes programs that not only offer training regarding clinical workflows, but also enhance clinicians' communication, situational awareness and critical thinking skills.

Health Scholars has existing ties to OSF HealthCare: The startup has clinical and support operations embedded in the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center on the OSF campus.

"With Health Scholars we've discovered a team as passionate about improving patient safety as we are, have a deep understanding of how patient outcomes are impacted by training and have developed a viable, smart VR platform to advance clinical training, performance insights and clinical behaviors," Robert Sehring, CEO of OSF HealthCare, said in the announcement.

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