Justin Barad, OssoVR

In this episode, we speak with another game developer turned healthcare professional. You may remember back on episode 8 we spoke with nurse and master gamer Anna Sort. She’s now running a company based in Barcelona that is helping healthcare companies develop fun and effective tools to engage users. If you haven’t done it yet, I encourage you to go back and listen to that episode, she gives some insights and techniques to achieve what she calls epic wins. You can grab that on https://digitalhealthtoday.com/8

Today, we’re speaking with a surgeon, an orthopaedic surgeon in fact. You may have heard me mention him on the episode 43 with Professor Stefano Bini, a professor of Clinical Orthopaedics at UCSF who runs the DOCSF meeting. In that episode we were talking about digital health tools being developed for orthopaedics, and our guest today is the founder of one of the companies that is doing exactly that.

Our guest is Dr. Justin Barad, he’s the founder and CEO of OssoVR. He’s taken his skill at gaming and game development and applied it to solve a real problem in medical education. In fact, it’s not just for medical education; it has applications from the military, to continuing education, to product training, and more.

I know you’ll enjoy this conversation but I also want to make sure that you see what Justin and his team have produced, so be sure to scroll down on this page and check out a few of the videos that I’ve loaded there. I know you’ll be impressed.

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Today's Topics

  • The strain and pressure on medical education, and in particular surgical education
  • The impact of the training gap and the course to case gap on skills and patient outcomes
  • The three ‘A's of how patients should choose surgeons (Hint: Availabilty, Affability and Ability)
  • The use of Google and Wikipedia in surgery. (Yes, really.)
  • Results of a study that measured the impact of VR on improving surgical skills
  • Why medical device companies should be care about better ways of training users
  • How better data can improve surgical skills and, ultimately, surgical outcomes

Lightning Round Answers

1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?
“I bandaged him, but God healed him.” Ambroise Paré

2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?
Two parts:
“Be a problem solver, find problems, don’t find solutions. Practice need pull, not tech push. Really immerse yourself in the problems. I think things will naturally come out of that. Don’t pick a technology and try to apply it to some issue in healthcare. That always ends poorly.”

“If someone tells you that you have a bad idea, that’s something that’s worth looking into. All of our brains work very similarly. Given the same problem, hundreds of people will come up with the same solution. But if someone tells you that an idea is not a good idea, that means that the default response of the human brain is to dismiss this solution. So it could be something that you could have a massive head start if it’s truly a great solution.”

3- What book do you recommend to our listeners? (Can be anything from business to fiction and beyond)
“Doctors: The Biography of Medicine” Sherwin B. Nuland

4- What tech (software, app, device, etc) do you use that makes your life a lot easier?
The Starbucks mobile app!!

5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?
Physician/provider enabling technologies.
Augmedix – google glass for scribes

6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?
Sign Fracture Care – low cost implants for surgeons around the world for low or no cost.



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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall


As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

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