Transforming Interprofessional Education: Harnessing the Power of Virtual Reality for Collaborative Healthcare Training with VRIPEhealth

“VRIPE-Health is intended to provide benefits in educational settings to three study programs, namely Medical Education, Nursing, and Health Nutrition as part of lectures. After learning theory, later students can practice using Virtual Reality (VR) technology. With this approach, students can practice using VR before engaging directly in treating patients whose hopes in the future can also be included directly in the curriculum.”

-dr. Hanggoro TRI Rinonce, Ph.D., Sp.PA (K)
(Department of Anatomical Pathology FK-KMK UGM)


Interprofessional collaboration was identified as a critical component in providing effective and efficient healthcare, considering the complex needs of patients and the involvement of diverse healthcare providers and organizations. It has been linked to positive outcomes, including enhanced patient safety, improved case management, optimal utilization of team members skills, and the delivery of higher quality healthcare (Berridge 2010; Reeves 2010; Suter 2012; Zwarenstein 2000).

This forms the basis for interprofessional education (IPE), which seeks to equip health students (including those studying medicine, nursing, and nutrition) with the skills to collaborate effectively across professions. IPE’s aim is to encourage the sharing of knowledge, competence and decision-making to provide integrated patient care. By engaging in IPE, future healthcare professionals can develop the skills and collaborative understanding.

However, in practice, interprofessional education faces various challenges, such as the difficulty for students and clinical supervisors to organize collaborative learning while serving patients. The challenge of organizing IPE which is often another obstacle is the difficulty of synchronizing schedules between faculties or study programs in implementing lectures and IPE activities (Widyandana et.al., 2019). By looking at the challenges related to the implementation of IPE learning, a simulation environment is needed that approaches the actual hospital service situation.


Realistic Simulation

Enhanced Interprofessional Learning

Access to Diverse Patient Scenarios

Immediate Feedback and Evaluation