Real Response, a firm that helps prepare organizations to deal with the reality of emergencies, is reportedly developing the latest VR (virtual reality)-based software to enhance the medical training of combat medics in Australia.

The software will be developed with support from the Department of Defense.

For the record, the VTC3 (Virtual Tactical Combat Care) programme offers an immersive and personalized training experience to users for practising their medical skills in several scenarios, such as humanitarian, combat, and routine medical. 

Aligned with a Garmin smartwatch, the software deploys live biometric data to change virtual scenarios. This data and the VR training result further serve as a manual for debriefing sessions.

Apparently, the VR programme is assisted by the Defense Innovation Hub, which has been investing in emerging technologies to help the Australian defence industry to grow.

Furthermore, this module is an addition to the Real Response list of VR projects, including the MedEvac VR Simulator that trains civilian aeromedical retrieval and military specialists in critical medical and trauma applications.

Credible sources also cite that VTC3 was rolled out to augment defensive combat medical training, for instance, offering care during a fire or evacuation on the field.

It was integrated to support Australian medical training and can be leveraged by partner forces and civilian agencies like ambulances, hospitals, and fire departments for their training requirements.

As per sources, the Australian defence industry has recently tried to align with the nationwide digitalization of health capabilities.

In May, the ADF (Australian Defence Force) marked its first attempt in this direction by granting a $222 million contract for implementing digital health solutions across its organization.

By 2028, the organization will receive a variety of health technologies, including eReferrals, EMR, telehealth, ePrescribing, practise management, artificial intelligence, clinical decision support, and data analytics from a consortium headed by systems integrator, Leidos.

Additionally, a new Health Knowledge Management solution will replace the ADF's current Defense eHealth system.

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