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POUGHKEEPSIE — When a patient enters the cardiac wing at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Natasha Johnson is "the first one they see and the last one you see."

Johnson, 50, has been a unit secretary at the Poughkeepsie hospital for eight years, working with doctors, nurses, technicians, medical equipment, hospital visitors and patients. "I treat every patient as if they are my grandmother, my father, my mother because they deserve care," she said.

But working 40 hours a week at an hourly rate of $16.71, she is struggling to make ends meet. Johnson, who has a four-year college degree, walks to work each day from her $1,900-a-month apartment located behind the hospital — "Thank God I don't have to spend money on gas" — and has to borrow money from her three adult children to afford anything she needs to pay for beyond rent, she said.

Asked why she stays, Johnson said, "I have the knowledge and the skills to go, but my heart and caring for my community is what's keeping me at Vassar. Not my job."

Higher wages for workers like Johnson and her secretarial colleagues were among the demands made by the local chapter of the Service Employees International Union — which represents health care workers at Nuvance-owned facilities such as VBMC, Putnam Hospital and Northern Dutchess Hospital — at a "dignity march" from the hospital to the Mid-Hudson Bridge on Thursday. They're also demanding the company fill a number of open positions throughout the system, and allow employees time off to observe Juneteenth, which President Joe Biden designated a federal holiday last year.

About 50 union members and a handful of elected officials and their representatives were at the march.

"Safe staffing means quality health care," said Assemblyman Jonathan Jacobson, who represents Poughkeepsie in the state Legislature. He referenced a recent nationwide safety rating by Leapfrog, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit watchdog group, that gave a C grade to VBMC and to Northern Dutchess Hospital, in Rhinebeck. Putnam Hospital received a B.

"It's not because of the workers," Jacobson said during his pre-march remarks. "It's because there aren't enough workers."

He called for VBMC to heed a recently passed state law that sets mandatory staff levels at hospitals.

"The whole idea is to have safe staffing so workers have better conditions," Jacobson said. "They want to provide quality health care, but it's too hard for people to do it without the right staff, and so what happens is if you don't have enough staff, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy: more of the nurses and the other health providers will then quit because it's too difficult. And then you have more injuries. And then it snowballs."

Natasha Johnson, 50, of the local Service Employees International Union chapter representing Nuvance health care workers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Putnam Hospital and Northern Dutchess Hospital marched on Dec. 1 outside VBMC in Poughkeepsie, calling on the company to increase wages and staff, and observe Juneteenth as a holiday.

Natasha Johnson, 50, of the local Service Employees International Union chapter representing Nuvance health care workers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Putnam Hospital and Northern Dutchess Hospital marched on Dec. 1 outside VBMC in Poughkeepsie, calling on the company to increase wages and staff, and observe Juneteenth as a holiday.

Mindy Berman/1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

According to information provided by the union, there are 48 open positions at Putnam Hospital and 66 open at VBMC. These positions include several openings in departments of patient care technicians (14 at Putnam, nine at Vassar); mental health (nine at Putnam); CT technologists (six at Vassar); and seven positions each in Vassar's patient safety companion and respiratory departments.

At Putnam Hospital, 199 workers make less than $20 an hour, with the lowest pay rates ranging from $15.72 to $19.97 an hour. Vassar has 598 people making less than $20 an hour, including some lab workers, with the scale there ranging from $16.22 to $19.91, according to information provided by 199 SEIU.

John R. Nelson, assistant vice president of community, government and public relations on Nuvance Health's New York team, sent the Times Union a statement in response to the union's demands:

"As we continue to negotiate in good faith with 1199SEIU, the public can be assured that high-quality, patient-centered care is our top priority. We are confident we will come to an agreement with 1199SEIU that will work for all parties."

Spotlight on work conditions during COVID

These issues have existed for years but were thrust into the spotlight by the pandemic. Ironically, it's a time when health care workers were recognized as heroes in the battle against COVID-19.

Over the past few decades, decisions by large hospital systems to cut costs and consolidate services had put the American health care system in a precarious place. A 2019 report from the ​​National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found alarmingly high rates of burnout that were damaging the quality of care and harmful to health care workers.

The pandemic overtaxed that already shaky system, which had struggled to maintain safe nurse-to-patient ratios. COVID surges overran the capacity of many hospitals, traumatizing front-line health care providers in the process. A 2021 survey of acute and critical-care nurses found 66 percent considered leaving the profession because of experiences during the pandemic. Nearly 1 in 5 healthcare workers have quit their jobs over the past two years, and many staff nurses have left for more lucrative travel-nursing gigs.

Hundreds of nurses at VBMC, who are represented by the New York State Nurses Association, not 1199SEIU, picketed outside the hospital earlier this year, demanding a "fair contract, safe staffing and fair wages." They claimed conditions at work led to emergency room wait times as long as 19 hours. Nurse-to-patient ratios in the main medical-surgical areas of the hospital had gone as high as one nurse to eight or nine patients, instead of a safe standard of one nurse to five or six patients, according to a news release from the NYSNA.

Workers claim low morale

Dan Duffy, a radiation therapist at VBMC and union member, said morale among staff has been declining for the past five years. The union's vice president, Angela Lane, believes the decline aligns with when Nuvance Health took ownership of the Poughkeepsie hospital after a 2019 merger between Health Quest and Western Connecticut Health Network.

The disconnect is not among co-workers, Duffy said, but between staff and the upper levels of management.

"Call-outs are greater. You have to step up and do work for other people who aren't available. You have to travel to other sites that you weren't planning on going to. Because we're taking care of patients, and that's our primary purpose, we band together to do what we have to do."

Members of the local Service Employees International Union chapter representing Nuvance health care workers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Putnam Hospital and Northern Dutchess Hospital marched on Dec. 1 outside VBMC in Poughkeepsie, calling on the company to increase wages and staff, and observe Juneteenth as a holiday.

Members of the local Service Employees International Union chapter representing Nuvance health care workers at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Putnam Hospital and Northern Dutchess Hospital marched on Dec. 1 outside VBMC in Poughkeepsie, calling on the company to increase wages and staff, and observe Juneteenth as a holiday.

Mindy Berman/1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

Some 1199SEIU members at local Nuvance-owned hospitals organized about two years ago and are still in negotiations for their first contract. Others are longtime members whose contract expired at the end of September.

Members who more recently organized do not have access to the same health care benefits as veteran union members, Greg Speller, the executive vice president of 1199SEIU, explained. The company has agreed to grant these members access to these benefits by 2025, but the union is calling for it to become available by at least 2024.

Improved health care was the primary reason Laith Qaqish, a biomedical technician, joined the union. He said the high deductibles and copays were more than he could afford, and that he pays $578 a month for health insurance to cover his family of six.

"Who can afford it these days?" he said at the rally.

Duffy said workers need an updated salary schedule and significant raises to keep pace with the increased cost of living in the Hudson Valley, where a housing affordability crisis that started when an exodus from New York City during the pandemic drove up the cost of renting and buying homes, compounding the broader national economic downturn.

"Our salary scales are 15 years old," Duffy said. "There were times when we got a (1.25 percent) raise. I was one of those people."

"I mean the hospital scenery does look nice," cardiac unit secretary Natasha Johnson said of recent improvements to the VBMC campus. "But I want to be able to afford a plant for my house. Or a plant for my yard — not even a tree; I'll take a seed."

Phillip Pantuso contributed reporting for this story.

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Killexams : Consumers are still getting shocked by unexpected medical bills, despite new law

The No Surprises Act, billed as protection for patients against surprise medical bills, took effect on New Year’s Day 2022. But has the federal law actually curbed health care charges at high out-of-network rates, as well as certain forms of “balance billing” for the portion of provider charges not covered by insurance?

The new law’s provisional report card is decidedly mixed.

Health insurers trumpet the number of surprise bills that the law is preventing but worry about the potential burden of claims disputes.

Analysts believe the law is written to provide substantial consumer protections, but they haven’t yet seen data sufficient to judge compliance.

Health care consumers give a lower grade, according to a June poll by Morning Consult. One out of five respondents said they had received an unexpected medical bill in the first half of the year, the poll found. But it’s unclear how many of those surprises — if any — should have been blocked by the limited protections of the No Surprises Act.

“It’s very difficult to figure out whether the law is actually being implemented because the issue is: Are consumers not getting surprise bills?

Read: The truth about medical bills sent to collections

Expert on the ground

The law prevented more than 2 million potential surprise bills from reaching commercially insured patients from Jan. 1 through February, according to a statement by AHIP, an insurance industry trade group. But analysts still have doubts.

“It’s very difficult to figure out whether the law is actually being implemented because the issue is: Are consumers not getting surprise bills,” says Patricia Kelmar, director of health care campaigns at U.S. Public Interest Research Groups, a national federation of consumer advocacy organizations.

Compounding observers’ doubts about the law’s efficacy is low consumer awareness of the new protections. In June, only 16% of adults said they had seen, read or heard something about the No Surprises Act, according to the Morning Consult poll. Consumers who don’t know the law also don’t know their rights if providers and insurers fail to comply.

The complexity of the law — primarily in the form of exceptions that permit out-of-network charges and balance billing in some circumstances — raises further questions. “Not everything that patients think is a surprise bill falls under the NSA,” says Loren Adler, associate director of the University of Southern California-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy. Urgent care, for example, doesn’t receive the law’s protections for emergency care.

Also see: These are the top 5 ‘financial regrets’ of Americans over 50

Is the new law working?

It may be too early to gauge the efficacy of the new consumer protections, and federal agencies aren’t releasing statistics. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, and the Department of Health and Human Services did not respond to requests for data on consumer complaints of violations of the No Surprises Act.

“It’s a little hard to know, but I gather that mistakes are being made from time to time,” says Karen Pollitz, a senior fellow and co-director of the Program on Patient and Consumer Protections at KFF, a health care news and policy organization. “If a mistake is made, it falls to the consumer to figure out what to do next, and that’s not how this should have worked.”

Other observers are satisfied with the law’s overall performance. “The No Surprises Act is working pretty well,” Adler says. “It doesn’t fix every problem in the health care system, and there are a couple remaining sources of surprise bills.”

Don’t miss: 10 medical tests every older adult should get

How the law is supposed to protect you

The No Surprises Act’s protections are the broadest in the emergency room, where patients are most vulnerable and least able to control whether all of their clinicians are in their insurer’s network.

“Most surprise medical bills are going to involve emergency services,” Pollitz says. “In the ER, there are no exceptions. Everybody who touches you or your imaging is obliged to send their claims first directly to your health plan — before they send you a bill — to find out your in-network cost-sharing amount. If they don’t do that, there’s a fine of $10,000 for each time they screw up.”

Hospitals are also barred from balance billing for post-stabilization care, services provided by any department after a patient receives initial emergency care.

The new law also protects against out-of-network and balance billing for nonemergency care, but with various exceptions. For example, if your in-network primary care physician orders tests from an out-of-network lab, the lab may still balance bill you for the difference between in-network and out-of-network rates.

The No Surprises Act offers different consumer protections if you don’t use insurance. “If you’re paying out of pocket or you don’t have insurance, you’re entitled to get a good-faith estimate in advance,” Kelmar says. “This gives consumers a chance to push back and plan financially for medical treatment.”

If you’re asked to sign a waiver of your rights under the No Surprises Act, think before you agree to what might be unlimited financial liability. If you do sign and later regret it, you may still have recourse. Providers are not permitted to ask patients to waive protections if no in-network provider is available, if there are unexpected urgent medical needs or for certain ancillary services.

What to do if you receive an unexpected bill

What do you make of a provider charge that’s significantly greater than your plan’s in-network coverage? You might need help figuring out what’s behind the charge. “This could be an error, or it could be providers still trying to profit from sending a balance bill,” Kelmar says.

You can try calling CMS’s No Surprises Help Desk at 800-985-3059; the service will tell you how to file a dispute or complaint in any state. Assistance is available in English and other languages. “CMS is supposed to figure out who should resolve each complaint,” Pollitz says.

It’s important to know that CMS has two processes for consumers who disagree with provider bills:

  • If you’re using health insurance and believe you’re being charged more than your plan’s in-network rate for doctors or services covered by the No Surprises Act, you can submit a complaint.
  • If you’re uninsured or chose not to use your insurance and the provider charged more than $400 over its estimate, you can dispute a bill.

Under the No Surprises Act, your state chose one mode of enforcement:

  • Some states enforce the law on their own.
  • Other states cede enforcement to federal agencies.
  • Still other states collaborate with federal agencies on enforcement.

The No Surprises Help Desk should be able to tell you how enforcement works in your state.

Adler suggests a different starting point: “If you get an unexpected bill from a provider, your first recourse is your insurer; they are at risk of losing their license if they don’t comply.”

Read next: Are you fit for your age, or are you frail? Here’s how to find out.

Pollitz proposes yet another avenue: State Consumer Assistance Programs, or other state or federal agencies that offer help to consumers with insurance matters. “Consumers should reach out to anybody they think can help them,” she says.

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Killexams : HP decimates staff


Decimation of company

The maker of expensive printer ink HP has decimated its staff claiming that is justified due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

While HP must have made a killing as businesses rushed to buy hardware so their staff could work from home, during the pandemic, it appears that Covid is now being used as the reason for PC sale's slumping.

The computing giant has revealed its 2022 fiscal year results, showing fourth quarter revenues down 14.8 per cent compared to the same period last year so the answer is getting rid of ten per cent of staff.

The mass layoffs come after HP expanded the workforce by around 10,000 workers compared to this time last year. 

In what it calls its “Fiscal year 2023 Future Ready transformation” and anyone else might call “a slew of cost-cutting measures”, HP claimed it would make savings across around “digital transformation, portfolio optimisation and operational efficiency.”  At some point, history will say that workers killed managers who used this sort of language, particularly when they come to announce job cuts, and humanity generally benefited. 

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Killexams : 2022 Major Layoffs Grow: Morgan Stanley And BuzzFeed Reportedly Cut Jobs

At-home meal-kit company Blue Apron became the latest U.S. startup to conduct a large round of layoffs on Thursday, just as tech companies Adobe, Plaid and Doma all announce layoffs—as employers fear high inflation could slide the economy into recession.

Dec. 8, 2022Blue Apron announced it’s cutting 10% of its corporate workforce (roughly 165 of its 1,657 employees, according to its fourth quarter financial report) in a press release on Thursday, as the meal-kit company pushes to reduce its expenses, following a 93% drop in shares over the past year, from $11.40 to $0.79.

Dec. 7, 2022Adobe could be cutting roughly 100 employees from its sales department, according to Bloomberg, although several employees were allowed to move to other positions within the company, according to an unnamed source.

Dec. 7, 2022Plaid CEO Zach Perret announced in a blog post that the San Francisco-based online financial services company will lay off 260 employees amid “slower-than-expected growth” following its decision to hire “aggressively” as consumers turned to it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dec. 6, 2022San Francisco-based online real estate company Doma unveiled plans to cut 515 positions (roughly 40% of its workforce) in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing—its third round of layoffs this year, following its decision to axe 310 employees in May and 250 more in August.

Dec. 6, 2022Morgan Stanley’s layoffs, first reported by CNBC citing unnamed sources, could affect around 1,600 of the more than 81,000 people employed by the company according to its latest quarterly report—less than a week after CEO James Gordon warned “some people are going to be let go.”

Dec. 6, 2022BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti announced the media outlet will cut 180 employees (12% of its staff), in an internal memo, saying the company, which also owns the Huffington Post and Complex Networks, needs to “adapt, invest in our strategy to serve our audience best and readjust our cost structure” to endure poor economic conditions that he predicts “will extend well into 2023.”

Dec. 5, 2022PepsiCo, which makes its namesake Pepsi soda along with products like Gatorade, Lays chips and Quaker Oats, is reportedly eliminating hundreds of jobs at headquarters in Chicago; Purchase, New York; and Plano, Texas, according to information obtained by the Wall Street Journal, as part of a plan “to simplify the organization so we can operate more efficiently” (the company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes seeking further details).

Dec. 1, 2022Gannett, the parent company of USA Today, the Detroit Free Press, Indianapolis Star and Cincinnati Enquirer, began laying off employees on Thursday, a spokesperson confirmed to Forbes, estimated to affect 6% of employees in the company’s 3,400-person media division—the company’s latest round of cuts after the country’s largest newspaper chain let go of 400 employees in August amid “ongoing macroeconomic volatility.”

Nov. 30, 2022CNN also began laying off staff, with CEO Chris Licht calling it a “gut punch” in a memo—the media company did not specify how many employees have been affected, though it could gut the company’s HLN cable network, Variety reported, citing unnamed sources (CNN did not immediately respond to a request for more details from Forbes).

Nov. 30, 2022H&M announced the job cuts—expected to affect 1,500 employees (less than 1% of the company’s 155,000 employees—in a statement Wednesday morning, as part of a restructuring plan it released in September to deliver an estimated annual savings of $190 million (Forbes has reached out to H&M for additional details).

Nov. 30, 2022Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken CEO Jesse Powell announced the company will let go of 1,100 employees (30% of its workforce), as it deals with “macroeconomic and geopolitical factors.”

Nov. 30, 2022In a letter to employees announcing plans to cut 1,250 workers, DoorDash CEO Tony Xu said the food delivery company is “not immune to the external challenges” and that the company’s growth has “tapered” following a “sudden and unprecedented” Covid-era expansion when consumers had turned to delivery services.

Nov. 29, 2022AMC Networks chairman James Dolan announced a round of large-scale layoffs in a memo on Tuesday, the Wall Street Journal reported, just hours after the beleaguered entertainment company’s CEO Christina Spade stepped down after just three months in the role (Dolan did not clarify how many employees would be affected by the job cuts and AMC did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes).

Nov. 22, 2022HP Inc. plans to reduce its global headcount by approximately 4,000 to 6,000 employees by the end of 2025, the firm disclosed in its fourth-quarter earnings release, which outlined efforts to cut annual costs by $1.4 billion amid softening consumer demand and a “volatile” economic environment.

Nov. 18, 2022Carvana is cutting roughly 8% of its workforce across its corporate, technology and operations teams, according to a person familiar with the matter, as the Arizona-based company struggles with high financing costs and delayed car purchases.

Nov. 18, 2022Nuro, the San Francisco Bay Area-based autonomous vehicle delivery startup, is planning to cut 20% of its workforce, co-founders Jiajun Zhu and Dave Ferguson said Friday morning in an email to employees, blaming the cuts on a “variety of macroeconomic challenges,” including “geopolitical uncertainty, energy crises, persistent inflation and an impending U.S. recession.”

Nov. 17, 2022“Current economic conditions” prompted officials at Roku to eliminate roughly 7% of its U.S. workforce (200 employees), the company announced in a press release Thursday morning, as the company looks to “drive future growth and enhance our leadership position.”

Nov. 16, 2022Cisco’s job cuts could affect up roughly 4,100 workers (roughly 5% of the company’s 83,000 employees), according to CFO Scott Herren, who called the cuts a “rebalance across the board” in an earnings call, Barron’s reported (Cisco did not immediately respond to a Forbes inquiry).

Nov. 16, 2022In a blog post, Amazon Senior Vice President of Devices and Services Dave Limp said the layoffs come as the company continues to face an “unusual and uncertain macroeconomic environment”—days after multiple outlets reported Amazon is planning to lay off as many as 10,000 employees in corporate and technology roles, although the number of jobs being reduced remains in flux, the New York Times noted.

Nov. 15, 2022Asana COO Anne Raimondi announced the software company will lay off 9% of its workforce (roughly 230 of the company’s 2,560 employees, according to Pitchbook) in a LinkedIn post, saying the cuts will target staff worldwide—it’s also the latest tech company based in the San Francisco Bay Area to announce major cuts, following Twitter, Meta, Lyft, Stripe, Salesforce, Chime and Opendoor.

Nov. 11, 2022Disney told executives it plans to implement “a targeted hiring freeze” and anticipates job cuts, according to CNBC, after reporting quarterly losses earlier this week, though it’s not clear how many employees will be affected by the changes.

Nov. 11, 2022Juul announced the layoffs, which are expected to affect roughly 30% of its workforce, the Wall Street Journal reported, as the embattled company secures additional funding from investors to avoid bankruptcy two months after it agreed to pay $438 million to settle a lawsuit from 33 states and Puerto Rico into claims the company marketed its products to teenagers, and as the company appeals the Food and Drug Administration’s ban on the sale of its vaporizers.

Nov. 10, 2022Barclays started laying off roughly 200 employees in its banking and trading departments this week, sources told Bloomberg, while Citigroup is cutting 50 trading employees, CNBC reported, following the lead of Goldman Sachs, SoftBank and Wells Fargo, which all implemented major job cuts earlier this year (Barclays and Citigroup did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Forbes).

Nov. 9, 2022Redfin announced in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing it would cut 13% of its staff (862 employees), while another 218 employees whose roles were eliminated will be given new positions in the company—its second round of layoffs in recent months following its decision to cut 8% of its staff in June as mortgage rates continued to climb, jumping to a 22-year high.

Nov. 9, 2022Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp parent company Meta, confirmed the social media company will lay off 13% of its workforce (11,000 employees) on Wednesday, blaming its low revenue on “macroeconomic downturn” and “increased competition”—making it one of the largest rounds of cuts for a major tech company so far this year, following a hiring freeze announced in September.

Nov. 8, 2022Salesforce cut fewer than 1,000 employees on Monday, a source familiar with the move told CNBC, and it’s reportedly planning to lay off roughly 2,500 of the company’s 72,223 employees (approximately 3.5% of its workforce, according to Pitchbook) for “performance issues,” Protocol reported, citing an industry source and a former employee.

Nov. 8, 2022Zendesk is planning to lay off roughly 350 employees, including 84 in California, SF Gate and the San Francisco Chronicle reported, citing a tweet from a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors referencing the company’s filing of a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification notice filed last week (Zendesk did not immediately respond to a Forbes inquiry).

Nov. 2, 2022Online financial services company Chime will lay off 12% of its staff, with the cuts expected to affect 160 of the company’s 1,300 employees, a spokesperson told CNBC, as the San-Francisco-based online banking and financial services company attempts to recapitalize “regardless of market conditions,” according to an internal memo obtained by TechCrunch.

Nov. 3, 2022Rideshare giant Lyft will reportedly lay off 13% of its staff, according to a letter from company officials obtained by CNBC, with job cuts affecting approximately 650 employees (13% of its staff of roughly 5,000, not including its contracted drivers), marking the company’s second round of layoffs this year, after it laid off 60 workers in July (Lyft did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Forbes).

Nov. 3, 2022Stripe announced plans to cut 14% of its workforce (roughly 1,120 of its 8,000 positions as of October, according to PitchBook) as the online financial services company contends with “stubborn inflation, energy shocks, higher interest rates, reduced investment budgets and sparser startup funding,” after the company “overhired” and “underestimated both the likelihood and impact of a broader slowdown,” CEO Patrick Collison announced in a statement to employees.

Nov. 3, 2022Billionaire Elon Musk reportedly plans to cut roughly 50% of Twitter’s 7,500 employees, multiple outlets reported Thursday—one week after the world’s richest man took over the company, with previous reports indicating he could lay off 25% and as much as 75% of the workforce, although Musk has walked back on that original number.

Nov. 2, 2022In a blog post released Wednesday, Opendoor CEO Eric Wu blamed the company’s job cuts, which affect 18% of its workforce, on “the most challenging real estate market in 40 years” and a “need to adjust our business”—as the housing market continues to cool in the wake of rising inflation and the Federal Reserve’s four rounds of interest rate hikes this year.

Nov. 1, 2022Upstart’s layoffs are expected to affect roughly 7% of the cloud-based AI lending company’s workforce, with cuts primarily among employees who work in loan applications, a spokesperson confirmed to Forbes, saying the move comes “given the challenging economy.”

Oct. 28 ,2022Zillow, the Seattle-based online real estate company, plans to let go of 300 workers (roughly 5% of its nearly 5,800 employees), TechCrunch reported, nearly a year after it announced plans to lay off another 2,000 employees.

Oct. 26, 2022Seagate Technology CEO Dave Mosley said the cuts, estimated to affect 8% of the data storage company’s workforce, follow “global economic uncertainties” and reduced demand, as the company’s shares plummet to $53.69 from a peak of $117.67 in January.

Oct. 25, 2022Manufacturing giant Philips unveiled plans to lay off approximately 4,000 workers amid a “worsening macroeconomic environment,” with the cuts expected to affect more than 5% of the company’s workforce in both the Netherlands—where the company is based—and the United States.

Oct. 22, 2022Vacasa’s layoffs affect roughly 3% of the company’s workforce, primarily in its corporate divisions, Skift reported—its second round of cuts this year following its decision to let go of 25 sales employees in July—a spokesperson told Skift the company is attempting to “optimize our resources and teams to be efficient and align with our priorities.”

Oct. 19, 2022Philadelphia-based delivery startup Gopuff laid off as many as 250 employees in its third round of layoffs this year, unnamed sources told Bloomberg, after cutting roughly 400 in March and 100 in January—a company spokesperson told Forbes the recent cuts are part of a 10% reduction announced over the summer.

Oct. 18, 2022Microsoft’s cuts will affect less than 1% of its 180,000 workers, a spokesperson told CNBC, three months after the Redmond, Wash.-based tech company announced it would slash another 1% of its workforce, with the cuts coming in the company’s modern life experiences team—a Microsoft spokesperson told Forbes the company will “evaluate our business priorities on a regular basis and make structural adjustments accordingly.”

Oct. 14, 2022HelloFresh, which took off during pandemic-related shutdowns, cut 611 workers workers and shut down a California production facility this week as the company focuses on “newer, more efficient sites,” a company spokesperson told Business Insider.

Oct. 14, 2022Beyond Meat announced it will lay off 19% of its workforce, as the California-based company struggles with a decline in demand for plant-based meats driven by inflation as consumers opt for cheaper alternatives, company officials said.

Oct. 14, 2022Nevada-based real estate valuation firm Clear Capital announced plans to cut 27% of its global workforce (roughly 378 employees), TechCrunch reported, including 108 employees at its California office.

Oct. 13, 2022Oracle is laying off 201 employees, according to multiple outlets, citing documents filed to the state’s Employment Development Department, two months after the company started laying off an undisclosed number of its estimated 143,000 employees, as part of a larger plan to cut thousands, The Information reported.

Oct. 12, 2022Intel could reportedly cut thousands of employees, including roughly 20% in its sales and marketing departments, Bloomberg reported citing unnamed sources familiar with the proposal, following a disappointing company financial forecast in July it blamed on a “sudden and rapid” economic decline, while its shares shrank by more than half over the past year, to $25.04.

Oct. 11, 2022Brex’s job cuts affect 136 employees, bringing its staff to roughly 1,150, as the company adjusts to a “new macro environment” that “warrants a new level of focus and financial discipline,” CEO Pedro Franceschi wrote in a blog post.

Oct. 6, 2022Peloton’s layoffs, which affect roughly 12% of the company, come two months after a memo to employees obtained by Bloomberg revealed the exercise equipment maker cut nearly 800 jobs, and announced plans to shut stores and raise prices for its Bike+ and Tread machines.

Sept. 29, 2022SoftBank is prepping to cut at least 150 of the 500 workers employed by the Vision Fund, the Japanese conglomerate’s venture capital arm, which would would affect roughly 30% of staff, according to Bloomberg, a move that SoftBank’s billionaire founder and CEO Masayoshi Son hinted at last month after a record $23 billion quarterly loss (it’s unclear whether the layoffs will affect employees at the Lond0n-headquartered fund’s two U.S. locations in Silicon Valley and Miami).

Sept. 28, 2022San Francisco-based electronic signature company DocuSign will lay off 9% of its more than 7,400 employees (roughly 670 employees), the company announced in a Securities and Exchange filing Wednesday, saying the cuts are necessary to ensure we are capitalizing on our long-term opportunity and setting up the company for future success.”

Sept. 26, 2022Wells Fargo reportedly announced plans to lay off 36 employees, bringing the bank’s total layoffs since April to more than 400, Iowa CBS affiliate KCCI reported, following the banking giant’s decision earlier this month to cut roughly 75 in its home mortgage division (Wells Fargo did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Forbes).

Sept. 21, 2022In a similar move, Google also alerted about 50 employees—roughly half of those employed at the firm’s startup incubator Area 120—they need to find a new internal role within three months if they want to stay at Google, the Journal reported.

Sept. 21, 2022Clothing outlet Nordstrom plans to lay off 231 employees at an Iowa distribution center starting next month, local ABC affiliate KCRG reported, citing a spokesperson who said the move is necessary to “better align with the current needs of our business” (Nordstrom did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Forbes).

Sept. 20, 2022Gap could cut as many as 500 corporate jobs from its offices in New York and San Francisco, as well as offices in Asia, unnamed sources told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday (A Gap spokesperson confirmed the layoffs to Forbes but would not provide further detail).

Sept. 16, 2022AbbVie reportedly announced plans to lay off 99 employees while Bristol Myers Squibb plans to cut 261, according to state filings seen by Endpoints News, making them the latest pharmaceutical companies to slim down their workforces, following Biogen and Teva, which reportedly cut 300 jobs last month.

Sept. 14, 2022Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson announced the move to cut 11% (roughly 800-900 of the company’s nearly 8,000 employees) on a company blog, saying the workforce grew “too fast” and “without enough focus” over the past two years.

Sept. 13, 2022Warner Bros. Discovery, which formed in a merger between the two production giants in April, could reportedly cut “hundreds” of ad sales employees from the WarnerMedia and Discovery sides of the company, Axios reported, citing unnamed sources, as the company looks to downsize its advertising team representing HBO, CNN, Discovery, Turner and Warner Bros. Entertainment, according to Insider, which also spoke to unnamed sources.

Sept. 12, 2022Goldman Sachs usually lays off 1% to 5% of its workers each year as a part annual performance reviews, but suspended this program during the Covid-19 pandemic—the investment bank suggested earlier this year it would reinstate the cuts, which are expected to be closer to 1% of workers across all sectors and could happen some time this month, the New York Times reported, citing people familiar with the plans.

Sept. 9, 2022Beaumont-Spectrum, which formed earlier this year out of a merger between Beaumont and Spectrum, cut 400 corporate positions as the health care network struggles with “significant financial pressures from historic inflation, rising pharmaceutical and labor costs, COVID 19, expiration of CARES Act funding and reimbursement not proportional with expenses.”

Sept. 2, 2022Banking giant Citigroup reportedly made layoffs in its home mortgage division that a source told Bloomberg encompassed fewer than 100 positions.

Sept. 2, 2022SoftBank, the Tokyo-based investment management giant, reportedly plans to cut up to 20% of the roughly 500 staffers at its Vision Fund three weeks after the fund posted a record loss in the fiscal quarter ending in June.

Sept. 2, 2022Investment banking giant Credit Suisse could reportedly cut as many as 5,000 jobs as the scandal-hit bank seeks to turnaround its reputation and reduce costs, according to Reuters.

Aug. 31, 2022Snap, the California-based developer of mobile app Snapchat, announced plans to lay off more than 1,200 employees (roughly 20% of its staff), in its second round of job cuts this summer, according to an internal memo obtained by CNN.

Aug. 31, 2022Bed Bath & Beyond unveiled plans to lay off 20% of its workforce and take out $500 million in new financing, as the struggling retail giant closes 150 “lower-producing” stores amid continuing issues with low sales.

Aug. 31, 2022VF Corporation, the parent company of brands such as Vans, Timeberland and the North Face, reportedly cut 300 employees and eliminated 300 open positions (less than 1% of its global workforce), with CEO Steve Rendle writing in an internal letter to employees obtained by the Denver Business Journal that the cuts come amid an environment that will “likely continue to be marked by volatility” (VF confirmed the layoffs to Forbes but would not provide further details).

Aug. 30, 2022Snap CEO Evan Spiegel announced in a company memo that the company will lay off 20% of its than 6,400 workers (1,280 employees), the Verge reported, saying the company is facing a “lower rate of revenue growth”—the company’s stock price has plummeted nearly 80% since earlier this year.

Aug. 26, 2022Online mortgage lender Better.com reportedly announced its third round of layoffs this year and its fourth in the past 12 months, laying off close to 250 employees, an unnamed worker told TechCrunch—bringing the company’s total layoffs since December to roughly 4,000 as the company struggles amid a precipitous downturn in the housing market (Better.com did not immediately respond to an inquiry from Forbes).

Aug. 25, 2022Artificial intelligence startup DataRobot interim CEO Debanjan Saha announced the Boston-based company’s second round of job cuts since May in a move “to adapt to changing market dynamics,” and even though the company did not specify the number of employees leaving, LinkedIn reported it will affect 26% of its staff, which, according to the site TechTarget, would mean roughly 260 of its 1,000 employees.

Aug. 25, 2022Tennessee-based trucking company U.S. Xpress cut 5% of its corporate workforce, a spokesperson confirmed to local ABC affiliate WTVC, bringing its total layoffs this summer to roughly 140, following a round of cuts in May that slashed another 5% of the company’s corporate staff, reported at the time to be around 70 employees.

Aug. 22, 2022Ford announced it will let go about 3,000 office and contract employees as the carmaker moves to cut spending as it transitions to producing electric vehicles, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Aug. 19, 2022Boston-based online furniture retailer Wayfair slashed 870 jobs (nearly 5% of the company’s 18,000 employees), according to an internal memo from CEO Niraj Shah obtained by the Boston Globe, which stated the company was rebuilding after the Covid-19 pandemic but that their “team is too large for the environment we are now in.”

Aug. 18, 2022Software company New Relic laid off 110 employees, including 90 in the U.S. (roughly 5% of its workforce), CEO Bill Staples posted in a statement on the company’s website, writing the cuts are essential in light of “current information on growth trends and market expectations.”

Aug. 16, 2022Philadelphia-based Audacy, the second biggest radio company in the United States, cut 5% of its workforce (estimated to be roughly 250 employees), Inside Radio reported, with CEO David Field saying the cuts come “in light of current macroeconomic headwinds.”

Aug. 16, 2022Apple, the world’s most valuable company, laid off 100 contracted recruiters amid a hiring slowdown, Bloomberg reported (Apple did not respond immediately to an inquiry from Forbes).

Aug. 15, 2022HBO Max cut 70 jobs (14% of its workforce) in a cost-cutting effort that comes four months after Discovery’s $43 billion acquisition of HBO Max parent company WarnerMedia, and a week after the company announced plans to combine the streaming service with Discovery+ as soon as next year, Deadline reported.

Aug. 12, 2022Texas-based home health services company Signify Health laid off 489 employees, a cost-cutting move that comes weeks after health care giant CVS made a bid to purchase the company, multiple outlets reported.

Aug. 11, 2022Meditation app Calm CEO David Ko announced plans to lay off 90 employees (20% of the company’s workforce) in a memo to employees, saying, “we as a company are not immune to the impacts of the current economic environment."

Aug. 10, 2022California tech startup Nutanix announced plans to cut 270 (4% of its workforce) by the end of October, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing, in an effort to reduce expenses.

Aug. 10, 2022Fast casual salad shop Sweetgreen cut 5% of its corporate workforce, attributing company losses to a slow return to the office and lingering Covid-19 cases, in a conference call, CNBC reported.

Aug. 9, 2022Website design company Wix.com made its second round of layoffs this year, cutting 100 employees as company President and COO Nir Zohar told Israeli newspaper Calcalist, “the world has experienced an economic crisis and we have seen U.S. GDP fall without growth.”

Aug. 9, 2022Canadian social media management company Hootsuite reportedly announced plans to cut 30% of its estimated 1,000 employees.

Aug. 8, 2022Groupon unveiled plans to lay off 15% of its workforce (500 employees), primarily in the company’s technology and sales departments, with CEO Kedar Deshpande writing in a message to employees obtained by Forbes, “our cost structure and our performance are not aligned.”

Aug. 8, 2022Snap started laying off an undisclosed number of its 6,000 employees, following a disappointing earnings report released last month, The Verge reported, citing anonymous sources.

Aug. 5, 2022iRobot, the maker of Roomba, cut 10% of its workforce (140 employees), as the company restructures after being purchased by Amazon for $1.7 billion, the company told Forbes, adding the job cuts were not related to the acquisition.

Aug. 4, 2022California-based video game developer Jam City laid off between 150-200 employees — roughly 17% of its workforce — VentureBeat reported, stating the cuts come “in light of the challenging global economy and its impact on the gaming industry.”

Aug. 3, 2022Walmart—the largest private employer in the United States—plans to cut 200 of its corporate employees as the company seeks to restructure, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing anonymous sources.

Aug. 2, 2022Online brokerage Robinhood cut 23% of its staff, with CEO Vlad Tenev citing a drop in trading activity, high inflation and a “broad crypto market crash”—the move comes after Robinhood laid off 9% of its full-time employees in April, a set of cuts Tenev says “did not go far enough.”

July 27, 2022Fitness company F45 Training laid off 110 employees, or 45% of its workforce, as CEO Adam Gilchrist stepped down.

July 26, 2022E-commerce company Shopify became the latest company to lay off employees, cutting ties with 1,000 (10% of its workforce), CEO Tobi Lutke announced, saying skyrocketing demand for online shopping during the pandemic has leveled off, and that the company made a bet that “didn’t pay off.”

July 22, 2022Boston tech-watch company Whoop slashed 15% of its workforce, telling the Boston Globe it now has 550 employees (meaning it cut close to 97) adding in a statement, “given how negatively the macro environment has evolved, we need to grow responsibly and control our own destiny.”

July 21, 20227-Eleven, which operates 13,000 convenience stores across North America, cut 880 U.S. corporate jobs, just over a year after it completed a $21 billion deal to purchase Speedway.

July 20, 2022Seattle real estate startup Flyhome axed 20% of its staff, reported to be close to 200 workers, as the company navigates “uncertain economic conditions.”

July 20, 2022Ford plans to lay off up to 8,000 employees as the automaker seeks to pivot away from gas-powered cars and toward electric vehicle production, Bloomberg reported.

July 19, 2022Vimeo CEO Anjali Sud announced on LinkedIn the online video company is cutting 6% of its workforce to “come out of this economic downturn a stronger company.”

July 19, 2022Ohio-based automated health software startup Olive laid off 450 employees, nearly 35% of the company, as CEO Sean Lane admitted the company’s commitment to “act with urgency” led to a hiring spree that proved to be too much to handle, prompting him to “rethink this approach.”

July 18, 2022Crypto exchange Gemini cut 68 employees—or 7% of its staff—less than two months after it let go of 10% of its workforce, according to TechCrunch.

July 14, 2022OpenSea, the New-York based non-fungible token (NFT) company, announced in a tweet it laid off 20% of its staff over fears of “broad macroeconomic instability” with the possibility of “prolonged downturn.”

July 13, 2022Online ordering startup ChowNow laid off 100 people, TechCrunch reported, as it reels back from a “large and ambitious” budget it couldn’t meet amid fears a stunted market could fuel a recession.

July 13, 2022Tonal, the at-home fitness company, cut 35% of its workforce amid a worsening “macroeconomic climate and global supply chain challenges.”

July 12, 2022Tesla laid off 229 employees, primarily in its autopilot division, and shut down its San Mateo, California, office, just weeks after CEO Elon Musk sent an email to executives, saying he had a “super bad feeling” about the economy and planned to cut 10% of his workforce, Reuters reported.

July 12, 2022Some 1,500 employees at the international delivery startup Gopuff were let go, (10% of its staff) and 76 of its U.S. warehouses were shut down, according to a letter to investors first reported by Bloomberg, as the company moves away from a growth-at-all-costs model.

July 12, 2022California-based mortgage lender loanDepot announced plans to lay off 2,000 workers by the end of the year, bringing its 2022 layoffs to 4,800 — more than half of the company’s 8,500 employees — as the housing market “contracted sharply and abruptly,” CEO Frank Martell said in a statement.

July 11, 2022Electric automaker Rivian unveiled plans to lay off 5% of the company’s 14,000 employees in areas that grew “too quickly” during the pandemic and to halt hiring of non-factory workers, according to an internal email from CEO RJ Scaringe, Bloomberg reported.

July 7, 2022Real estate firm Re/Max announced plans to lay off 17% of its workforce by the end of the year, with a goal of bringing in $100 million in annual mortgage-related revenue by 2028.

June 22, 2022JPMorgan Chase — the nation’s largest bank — laid off and reassigned more than 1,000 of its 274,948 employees, citing rising mortgage rates and increased inflation.

June 15, 2022Real estate companies Compass and Redfin announced plans to cut 10% and 8% of their workforces, respectively, following a 3.4% drop in home sales from April to May, according to the National Association of Realtors, amid concerns the once red-hot housing market had cooled.

June 14, 2022Some 1,100 Coinbase employees learned they had been released after losing access to their work emails, marking an 18% reduction in the crypto company’s staff — a move that CEO Brian Armstrong called essential to “stay healthy during this economic downturn” — and a warning sign of a recession and a “crypto winter” after a 10-plus-year crypto boom.

May 21, 2022Used car seller Carvana CEO Ernie Garcia III sent an email to 2,500 employees — 12% of the company’s workforce — informing them they had lost their jobs, one week after freezing new hiring, as the company embraced for what looked like a looming recession in car sales, and reports of a “spendthrift” business style had come back to bite the company.

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Disclosure: University of Michigan is an HP customer and has received loaned and/or donated equipment from HP.

XR projects can provide cost savings, increased access, and better feedback for users, transforming in-person trainings at medical centers and institutions at large.

Case Study
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Institutional Profile

One of the nation’s top public universities, the University of Michigan (U-M) has been a leader in research, learning, and teaching for more than 200 years. With the highest research volume of all public universities in the United States, U-M is advancing new solutions and knowledge in areas ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to driverless vehicle technology, social justice, and carbon neutrality. Its main campus in Ann Arbor comprises 19 schools and colleges; there are also regional campuses in Dearborn and Flint and a nationally ranked health system, Michigan Medicine.

The Challenge/Opportunity

When a patient in a medical center experiences cardiac arrest, an interprofessional team of healthcare professionals come together to help, including doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, and others. This group can sometimes include as many as fifteen people, and these professionals must work together to make quick decisions in a very intense environment with someone’s life on the line. A lot of skills are put to the test, and without training it can be difficult for medical teams to work together effectively to deliver the right treatment at the right time. “The problem isn’t the medicine. These healthcare professionals know the medicine. The problem is on the nontechnical side,” said Michael Cole, associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School (Michigan Medicine). The people in these situations are dealing with an incredibly high-stress and high-stakes environment that requires important cognitive and behavioral skills that are not typically emphasized in conventional healthcare curricula, skills such as situational awareness, leadership, and interprofessional communication.

In order to train personnel for the medical and nontechnical skills needed in these situations, medical centers typically send their healthcare professionals to simulation centers or purchase a medical training mannequin, which can cost upwards of $150,000. Cole was looking for options to replace this expensive and resource-intensive process, which requires learners to gather in the same location at the same time and requires a costly mannequin, a simulation center, and technical staff to run the event. After examining the potential outcomes and benefits, Cole believed that a virtual reality (VR) solution might offer a cheaper and more effective approach to training personnel for these high-stress situations. It’s much less expensive to purchase VR equipment and contract with a vendor to develop an application than to purchase the medical equipment and incur other expenses associated with running in-person simulations. Additionally, VR headsets increasingly include capabilities that can deepen the experience and expand the data collected. The Reverb G2 Omnicept Edition headset from HP, for example, provides a data stream on users’ attention, cognitive load, eye tracking, and other sensory information that can help provide more tailored feedback for trainers and trainees.

After conducting a needs assessment, the stated goal for this VR project was to “develop a multi-user, VR-based app that allows healthcare professionals to train in cardiac arrest care in a collaborative manner that provides them feedback on both their clinical decision-making skills as well as the cognitive and behavioral science—based skills necessary to optimally run a high-performance team.”

Process

Cole approached this challenge in a planned and collaborative manner, working internally with colleagues at Michigan Medicine, as well as collaborating with Jeremy Nelson, senior director of XR, Media Design & Production at the University of Michigan, and external vendors. Initially, Cole sought the current resources available at the institution to help identify the initial steps required to bring his VR cardiac arrest training simulation to life. He made efforts to have conversations—not just email threads—with the medical IT group, the main campus IT group, procurement, and the legal department. Those conversations led Cole to begin an official RFP process to help identify the right technology necessary for the training simulation, and during that process, Nelson and other IT professionals evaluated and recommended the most promising headsets. The in-person conversations also helped ensure project stakeholders were on the same page and following the relevant institutional policies. Throughout the process, Nelson was able to help bring essential expertise to the project and act as an advocate between Cole and the various stakeholders across and outside the institution. Cole and Nelson were able to create a multidisciplinary team that brought together essential skills across areas including medicine, analytics, vendor management, procurement, and business operations.

As part of the procurement process, Michigan staff interviewed several potential vendors for the creation of the two necessary aspects of their VR setup: the actual application that users would interact with in VR, and the processing of the attentional/cognitive load data based on the sensory output from the HP Omnicept headsets, which the team had chosen for this project. The sensors provide data on eye gaze and pupillary size, as well as heart rate and heart rate variability, all aspects that are much more difficult or impossible to track in a traditional training setting (see figure 1). The sensory output allows for reporting statistics not just on the cognitive load the headset already measures but also millisecond-by-millisecond statistics on where the users’ attention is during the simulated training experience and their natural responses to that experience. The app and the analytics aspects required Cole and Nelson to work with various IT stakeholders on campus to manage challenges such as data privacy, security, and headset approval. According to Cole, one of the most valuable groups of people he worked with during this project was a subgroup in IT focused on educational research: “These people were willing to understand the innovative nature of these activities and work with us instead of just saying no.” This group provides a network reserved to connect only preliminary devices for between six months and a year before they’ve gained full IT approval, which helps staff and faculty like Cole to both test and showcase their projects, reducing the wait time as they are being developed and approved.

Figure 1. User View inside the VR Application
A screen shot of the VR application showing a member of the medical staff treating a patient, with the staff member’s current heart rate superimposed.

Nelson not only helped Cole select the headsets, but he also helped test the app and the VR systems with users (see figure 2). He ensured they conducted user experience research, including users across various levels of technological literacy, from novices totally new to VR to experienced VR gamers and medical experts. This helped ensure the best end-user experience possible and proper collection and use of sensory data. With the data collected from the live VR project, the team at Michigan Medicine has been able to provide detailed feedback to medical trainees, helping them better understand their experiences and optimal practices during a cardiac arrest. Users receive individualized feedback after completing the training, including feedback on clinical decision-making and a cognitive load score. The team is also using these data to inform the future development of infrastructure for cardiac arrest codes, as well as the creation of new guidelines and policies for these situations.

Figure 2. Third-Person View of the Users in the VR Application
A screen shot of the VR application showing three members of the medical staff treating a patient.

While this VR project took several years to come to fruition and encountered a few barriers and obstacles, the payoff in training for the low-frequency but high-risk event of a cardiac arrest has the potential to save lives and has helped pave the way for other VR projects at U-M and Michigan Medicine.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

Plan your VR projects to best utilize the specific benefits VR can provide. One of the reasons this project has been successful is that the planners spent time vetting cardiac arrest training as the type of project that would benefit from the specific capabilities that VR technologies provide. The alternative to a virtual training is far more resource-intensive, the purchase of VR headsets instead of a $150,000 mannequin is an easy choice, and the VR training provides more standardized and better feedback to the users. The VR training has the potential to offer better equity and access as well—users can be training together in different countries, but they all experience the same simulation and aren’t depending on the quality of the instructor to assure a beneficial learning experience. Lastly, cardiac arrest training was best for VR because it doesn’t require as many complex, tactile sensations during the training as other procedures. No one has to practice intubating the patient or putting in an IV in these situations.

Find or create an advocate role between IT and XR business cases. Having an advocate or some kind of bridge role to help work with faculty, staff, and other educators or researchers is well worth the investment. “It takes resources to develop and dedicate this type of position,” said Cole, “but those resources will pay you back tenfold if your institution is serious about supporting XR technologies.” There are many reasons this role can be useful because that person can maintain a view of the bigger picture of XR use at the institution. Researchers and faculty are often siloed in the work they do to plan an XR project, following parallel paths of vendor approval and procurement, contract negotiations, data privacy and security issues, and device use and approval. An XR advocate can help alleviate a lot of undue burdens and common challenges that researchers and faculty face in their development process, helping document application pathways, approved devices, and important staff contacts.

Shop around to find the right developer or vendor for your project. The first step to finding the right vendor or internal developer for your VR project is to conduct a needs assessment and list exactly what will be required. This will enable potential vendors to speak specifically about their ability to meet the needs of any applications or analytics necessary for the project. Cole discovered that no single vendor was able to meet both the app development and attention/cognitive-load data needs, so the team worked with two vendors, one for each aspect of the project. In fact, an initial vendor candidate for app development recommended the attention/cognitive data vendor. “If a vendor can’t provide what you need, your last question of the conversation should be, ‘Who else do you recommend I talk to about this project?,’” said Cole. One other important part of the vetting process was looking at vendors’ previous project successes and outputs instead of listening to potential timelines and promises for the current project. “It always takes longer than what they’ll tell you; almost no one can get one of these projects done in less than 90 days,” added Nelson.


Michael Cole is an Associate Professor and the Co-Director of Interdisciplinary Trauma Team Training at Michigan Medicine.

Jeremy Nelson is the Senior Director of XR, Media Design & Production at the University of Michigan.

Sean Burns is Corporate Researcher at EDUCAUSE.

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