The first hospital in the metaverse

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Formerly explored for the worlds of entertainment and leisure, the metaverse according to Simango will offer a more immersive, collaborative and interactive learning experience for health professionals.

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Imagine a completely virtual health facility that allows you to immerse avatars in a situation to train in its various areas such as the operating theatre, the patient’s room, the intensive care unit, or even the intensive care unit. This first hospital in the metaverse (or metavers) comes from the inventiveness, even the flair of a Rennes startup, Simango, so much so that this fledgling industry is struggling for the moment to keep its promises while all the digital giants are planning to do so, such as MicrosoftMicrosoft, AppleApple or Facebook, which by the way, a strong sign, is now called Meta… “The metaverse has been around for about twenty years but has only been seriously democratized for 4 years with technological advances and more widespread uses due to the fact that yesterday’s geeksgeeks have become today’s adults,” notes Vincent-Dozhwal Bagot, CEO of Simango.

The recipes of the gaming world

In any case, Simango has a clear and ambitious objective: to create an even more successful learning experience thanks to a digital twin digital twin, immersive, collaborative and interactive. The startup sees a huge potential to exploit the knowledge and skills acquired in a parallel virtual world, then transpose them into a very real professional universe. His “Learning Metasystem” will also use recipes proven by the world of video games, a pioneer in the field. “The concept of avatar, which involves the user more, but also the multiplayer aspect with the possibility of synchronisesynchronous communication which has proven itself in the gaming world, will enrich e-learning,” enthuses Vincent-Dozhwal Bagot, who describes himself as a “public health doctor by training and developer by passion”.

Digital certificates to validate the training

Another innovation to give even more credit to these learnings in the metaverse: digital certificates in the blockchain. Designed according to the NFTNFT model, the open-badge or digital badges will bring to a training a validity and a unit of value on the type of knowledge acquired. According to the director of Simango, Guillaume Maquinay, “the metaverse of training must have its own currency of knowledge. We will not issue a training certificate, we will issue a digital asset that will have a real value for the institution or the individual who will receive them “.

An already proven know-how

The startup relies on an already proven know-how. At the end of December 2021, after three years of creation, almost 100,000 learners were able to benefit from virtual reality training modules. The 25 scenarios already available follow a training course based on a health facility in which it is possible to move around and choose the most suitable module. Among them, the training on mobilemobile to learn the gestures and protocols related to rhino-pharyngeal swabs and antigenic tests, or the discovery of a virtual reality resuscitation service co-built with the Vivalto group.

“The foundations are ready, the whole challenge of the R &D pole is to create connections between all these spaces in 2022, to form only one universe, a virtual health facility, in which learners will be able to move and explore the different areas to train,” explains Vincent-Dozhwal Bagot. For this, the startup launches an intermediate fundraising of 3 to 5 million euros, changes its name to Metasimango and sets a deadline of three years to deliver a complete evolutionary training experience based on the principles of the metaver. The first Metasystem Learning deliverables will arrive at the start of September 2022.

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