Such a significant investment in up-and-coming technology is likely to evoke a healthy amount of skepticism, especially when its value is still yet to be fully realized.

But experts like Rizzo strongly believe that virtual reality has already demonstrated its value to the healthcare industry.

When speaking at conferences Rizzo often asks, “Would you prefer that your pilot learned about wind shear from a book or on-the-job-training? We’re not just talking about skill learning,” he said. “We’re talking about creating virtual experiences that may be well-matched to the needs of certain clinical applications.”