U.S.-based St. Jude Medical Inc. has opened a new facility in Beijing to provide physicians throughout China with practical experiences to improve the quality of therapy delivery and help enhance patient outcomes.
The new Advanced Technology Center adds a key center for education and learning. When the facility is running at capacity, more than 2,000 physicians are reportedly expected to visit each year from throughout Asia, with the majority visiting from hospitals in China.
Training at the facility includes lectures, peer-to-peer education and hands-on experience using virtual reality technology for the company's diverse product portfolio in cardiology, cardiac surgery, and arrhythmia management. The center will also be used to provide training to company employees.
The Advanced Technology Center offers a unique virtual reality experience that allows physicians to simulate different procedures and develop clinical skills in a controlled environment. In this risk-free environment, physicians can bring to life previous training, experience hands-on how they would manage complications during procedures, and learn new advanced cardiac care techniques.
In addition to the new Beijing facility, which was established with the kind support of the Ministry of Health and the Beijing city government, St. Jude Medical is creating a network of Advanced Technology Centers throughout the world. The company currently has one other Advanced Technology Center in Brussels, Belgium, which serves primarily physicians in Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Canada and will soon be opening new centers in the U.S., Japan, Malaysia, and Costa Rica.