Virtual Pulse

Virtual Pulse:

meeting the challenge faced with traditional nursing training during a pandemic


Vancouver August 11, 2020

In collaboration with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Unity Technologies, Animism Studios, and CAE Healthcare, TTA Technology Training Associates’ Virtual Pulse project has made the list of top sixteen initiatives funded by the Digital Technology Supercluster’s COVID-19 Program, a $60 million investment to support projects and initiatives that tackle the myriad of challenges Canada is facing due to the pandemic.

As a member of the COVID-19 Program, Virtual Pulse will receive $2.2 million from the Digital Technology Supercluster which will support the project in protecting and preparing nurses across Canada through virtual COVID-19 training. Virtual Pulse is a digital training platform that brings together an extended reality training tool by using web and virtual reality modules. In a time when physical distancing and infection-prevention measures are strictly enforced, a digital training platform makes it possible for current and returning healthcare providers to safely upskill from anywhere and during anytime.

Virtual Pulse’s simulations will recreate real-life clinical situations that helps healthcare professionals to develop clinical reasoning abilities required to meet patients’ health needs. The simulation also offers knowledge to intervene in a variety of scenarios, reduce errors, improve patient safety, and deliver quality care.

“We are excited to be able to lead this collaboration between BCIT, the Digital Technology Supercluster, and our industry partners. Through this project, we are able to bring together the extraordinary talents of the BCIT faculty and our industry partners to create real-world solutions in addressing some of the challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Paul McCullough, CEO, TTA Technology Training Associates.

“The Virtual Pulse project demonstrates the strength of the modern polytechnic institute: by connecting our faculty and staff’s industry expertise to cutting-edge technology we quickly arrive at powerful applied solutions. These immediately benefit the workforce and all Canadians, and lead to a state-of-the-art classroom experience. This is what we mean when we talk about flexible, relevant, and future-proof education,” said Tom Roemer, Vice President, Academic, BCIT.

BCIT is a leading contributor of nurses and applied health professionals within the BC healthcare system. This, partnered with the Institute’s expertise and insight on Virtual Pulse, will ensure that students receive cutting-edge training that engages healthcare professionals in building a broad and relevant spectrum of skills to safely care for patients as the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly evolves.

While the primary target of the Virtual Pulse modules is nurse training, next steps will be adapting appropriate skills, such as infection control, for use in training home-care workers and nurses, and even essential workers in other areas such as meat packing and grocery stores. This will help prepare professionals and the healthcare system at large for a second wave or future pandemic.

Learn more about Virtual Pulse or see the full list of projects in the COVID-19 Program.

About TTA Technology Training Associates
TTA Technology Training Associates Ltd., established in 1991, is a wholly owned subsidiary of the British
Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). As a commercial service agency for BCIT, it enables national
and international partners in government, and business to access BCIT’s innovative polytechnic
education and applied research expertise for domestic and global development, and industry

About the COVID-19 Program:
About the COVID-19 Program:
The COVID-19 Program aims to improve the health and safety of Canadians and support
Canada’s ability to address issues created by the COVID-19 outbreak. In addition, the program
will build expertise and capacity to anticipate and address issues that may arise in future health
crisis, from healthcare to a return to work and community. More information can be found here.