“Our brains see the world inside the computer as real.”

Fasterthan.tv makes video game training that teaches medical personnel how to perform essential tasks. We have Infection Control: Standard and Contact Precautions, C.Diff Prevention, Pressure Ulcer Prevention, and HIPAA-In House Privacy.

The cost differential between 37% compliance with policy and even a 10% improvement is huge. Training that would “stick” would save over 1M lives and tens of billions of dollars every year.1

Learners are much more likely to remember information if they can try for an answer themselves and then learn their mistakes immediately afterwards. This learning is even more effective if they are corrected by a machine instead of another human and can then continue to play, unwatched, until they have achieved success.

There are many advantages to training your nurses this way:

  1. The nurses have to pay attention to get a score
  2. They are alone with new information, learning without judgment
  3. The tests are taken in 5 minute segments, anywhere you want
  4. They are fun and less likely to be avoided
  5. Scores can be automatically sent to the Joint Commission, reported in whatever depth the administrator wishes
  6. New technology attracts donors

A simple explanation of why FTT Training works is that people predominantly learn by two methods and FTT uses both. This is a key factor in FTT’s effectiveness.

  1. Short, highly-focused. This is the principle whereby an event that causes excitation is sufficiently acute to activate both the amygdala and the hippocampus and creates a new neural pathway for that information. Consider jet fighter training. A pilot is put in a simulated environment and the force of the training causes instant understanding of which behavior will ensure survival and which will not. Because the FTT training videos are difficult – almost everyone will have to play the video more than once to get a passing grade – the player is challenged. By combining an interesting story with first-rate production values, the employee is fully engaged and a new neural pathway can be successfully established.
  2. Repetition. This is the principle upon which our current educational system is built. Teach a student a fact, repeat, repeat again, make the student study (more repetition) and then test. This works, but is less than optimum for two reasons. First, repetition takes time. Second, repetition can be boring and leads to inattention. FTT does not ignore this tool, we just use it faster than traditional training.

  1. The average and incremental length of stay (LOS) for CDI inpatient treatment were 11.1 (90 % CI: 8.7–13.6) and 9.7 (90 % CI: 9.6–9.8) days respectively. Total annual CDI-attributable cost in the US is estimated US$6.3 (Range: $1.9–$7.0) billion. source
  2. WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The annual nationwide cost to treat hospitalized patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) infections is estimated to be between $3.2 billion to $4.2 billion, according to a new analysis presented at the annual meeting of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research (ISPOR). source
  3. Annually, approximately 2 million patients suffer with healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in the USA, and nearly 90,000 are estimated to die. The overall direct cost of HAIs to hospitals ranges from US$28 billion to 45 billion. source