Oct 19, 2020

FundamentalVR launches immersive ophthalmology training

Virtual reality
immersive training
Leila Hawkins
2 min
FundamentalVR launches immersive ophthalmology training
The company is branching out from immersive training for surgeons...

FundamentalVR, a provider of immersive VR surgical simulations, is expanding its training solutions to include ophthalmology. 

The company’s own patented HapticVRTM technology architecture is powering the new training platform. By imitating the physical cues of surgical actions, medical tools, and tissue variations, FundamentalVR can now create immersive, data-driven educational simulations for ophthalmology as well as orthopedic devices and pharmaceutical brands.

FundamentalVR simulations are delivered through its Fundamental Surgery platform, allowing users to experience the same sights and sounds as if they were in a real life operating theatre. These include procedures such as incisions, lens manipulation, lens implant insertion, manipulation of the eyeball, and subretinal injections.  

The platform uses high fidelity graphics, accredited educational strategies, and analytics so that users can acquire both the technical knowledge and the muscle memory necessary to develop surgical skills. Every user interaction including the surgical gaze and movement efficiency is measured and recorded to provide analysis.

 These new capabilities have been developed in collaboration with international eye charity Orbis Flying Eye Hospital, who is Orbis is deploying FundamentalVR’s educational simulation for cataract surgery in its residency training programs and digital training hubs, to evaluate the impact on residents’ surgical skills and get user feedback to inform future software developments.

The way medical educators, device manufacturers and life science companies interact has changed as a result of COVID-19, with teaching methods shifting from the classroom to virtual and immersive solutions.  

 Low-cost immersive simulations in particular are increasingly emerging as solutions to provide remote, socially distant learning, thanks to the ability to collect and objectively measure performance data that was previously unattainable.

“Industry analysts now estimate adoption curves for immersive technologies have accelerated by around three years as COVID-19 permanently changes traditional teaching methods,” said Richard Vincent, co-founder and CEO of FundamentalVR. 

"With the addition of ophthalmology capacities, we are meeting this increased demand with proven technology that allows medical device companies and medical educators to more effectively train the next generation of surgeons and bringing innovative new procedures and equipment to market permanently.”

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Jun 17, 2021

Check Point: Securing the future of enterprise IT

3 min
Erez Yarkoni, Global VP, explains how a three-way partnership between Check Point, HOOPP, and Microsoft is yielding optimum cloud security

Cybersecurity solutions provider Check Point was founded in 1993 with a mission to secure ‘everything,’ and that includes the cloud. Conscious that nothing remains static in the digital world, the company prides itself on an ability to integrate new technology with its solutions. Across almost three decades in operation, Check Point, with its team of over 3,500 experts, has become adept at protecting networks, endpoints, mobile, IoT, and cloud.

“The pandemic has been somewhat of an accelerator in the evolution of cyber risk,” explains Erez Yarkoni, Global VP for Cloud Business. “We had remote workers and cloud adoption a long time beforehand, but now the volume and surface area is far greater.” Formerly a CIO for several big-name telcos before joining Check Point in 2019, Yarkoni considers the cloud to be “part of [his] heritage” and one of modern IT’s most valuable tools.

Check Point has three important ‘product families’, Quantum, CloudGuard, and Harmony, with each one providing another layer of holistic IT protection:

  • Quantum: secures enterprise networks from sophisticated cyber attacks
  • CloudGuard: acts as a scalable and unified cloud-native security platform for the protection of any cloud
  • Harmony: protects remote users and devices from cyber threats that might compromise organisational data


However, more than just providing security, Yarkoni emphasises the need for software to be proactive and minimise the possibility of threats in the first instance. This is something Check Point assuredly delivers, “the industry recognises that preventing, not just detecting, is crucial. Check Point has one platform that gives customers the end-to-end cover they need; they don't have to go anywhere else. That level of threat prevention capability is core to our DNA and across all three product lines.”

In many ways, Check Point’s solutions’ capabilities have actually converged to meet the exact working requirements of contemporary enterprise IT. As more companies embark on their own digital transformation journeys in the wake of COVID-19, the inevitability of unforeseen threats increases, which also makes forming security-based partnerships essential. Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP) sought out Check Point for this very reason when it was in the process of selecting Microsoft Azure as its cloud provider. “Let's be clear: Azure is a secure cloud, but when you operate in a cloud you need several layers of security and governance to prevent mistakes from becoming risks,” Yarkoni clarifies. 

The partnership is a distinctly three-way split, with each bringing its own core expertise and competencies. More than that, Check Point, HOOPP and Microsoft are all invested in deepening their understanding of each other at an engineering and developmental level. “Both of our organisations (Check Point and Microsoft) are customer-obsessed: we look at the problem from the eyes of the customer and ask, ‘Are we creating value?’” That kind of focus is proving to be invaluable in the digital era, when the challenges and threats of tomorrow remain unpredictable. In this climate, only the best protected will survive and Check Point is standing by, ready to help. 

“HOOPP is an amazing organisation,” concludes Yarkoni. “For us to be successful with a customer and be selected as a partner is actually a badge of honor. It says, ‘We passed a very intense and in-depth inspection by very smart people,’ and for me that’s the best thing about working with organisations like HOOPP.”


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