Using Virtual Reality To Help Address Inequities In Healthcare

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Dr Tsu-Yin Wu, director of the Center for Health Disparities Innovation and Studies (CHDIS) at Eastern Michigan University (EMU) and a professor and director of the university's school of nursing PhD program, is overseeing the execution of an innovative program using virtual reality to help address healthcare inequities for Asian Americans.

In the virtual reality program, nurses are able to simulate interactions with patients and learn more about the barriers ranging from "something like food insecurity to something like racism" they may face.

Dr James Smith, the president of EMU said he believed Dr Wu's work has improved the quality of care for the Asian American community in Detroit and further hailed the virtual reality program as a key component to EMU's leadership in addressing inequities in healthcare.