Futuristic Healthcare Deliverability: Virtual Reality Revolutionizing Healthcare Space

Samrat Pradhan (Correspondent) | Friday, 21 August 2020, 15:02 IST

Futuristic Healthcare Deliverability: Virtual Reality Revolutionizing Healthcare Space

Today, Virtual Reality (VR) is slowly taking over the Healthcare space due to the massive advantages that it brings with it for all the stakeholders that are related to the segment.  This technology is set to bring the needed evolution and revolution in the Healthcare ecosystem.

VR has been helping in developing new life-saving techniques to train the doctors of the future. From clinical to consumer, Virtual Reality has multitude of applications for healthcare and health. According to a credible report, this segment was expected to reach about USD 3.8 billion globally this year. The integration and adoption of this technology has been a game-changer so to speak.

Here are some of the ways in which Virtual Reality has been playing a significant role in the healthcare space today:

Medical Training

Currently, if we look at the medical practitioners, they are having a challenging time to learn on cadavers as it is really very difficult to get hold of and also don’t react in the sameway a live patient would do. Hence, virtual reality has been giving the needed access & view of the areas that otherwise would be impossible to reach. This technology helps medical students to view minute details of any part of the human body with a significant 360 degree CGI reconstruction and training training scenarios; replicating the real-time surgical procedures.

Now medical players can shoot real-time surgery in 4k 360 degree with multiple angles and minute details with advancements in the capabilities of Virtual Reality. This would be later combined with CGI models to deliver an interactive and immersive training experience.

Better Treatment of Patients

Leveraging Virtual Reality has not only provided the ability for doctors to view minutely inside a human body, but has also been very useful for patients as well.   A patient-specific 360° VR reconstruction of their anatomy & pathology can be generated with the use of VR and can come up with robust surgical plans. Thus enabling enhanced understanding of the treatment, while also delivering higher patient satisfaction.

Furthermore, futuristic surgeries which are being carried out with robotic devices in the surveillance and control of a human surgeon has significantly reduced risks of complications when operating any kind of surgery. Moreover,  these robotic devices integrate with VR capabilities and are far more accurate, thus offering smaller incisions, faster recovery and lesser blood loss. 

To create powerful simulations of the scenarios where psychological difficulties occur,  VR can significantly aid in mental health and psychological therapy. Repeated simulations can be created as often as necessary which will make the in-situ coaching more effective as it has been really effective for so many disorders. With the use of VR technology, it can be delivered in the consulting room itself. And not just limiting to just psychological issues, but VR’s healing capabilities have been proved to work for pain management and physical treatment as well.

Marketing Capabilities

VR has been most significant for all the industries when it concerns marketing and with more advancements, it continues to be an extremely powerful and effective marketing tool for every industrial domain today.  Hence, the same is the case with medical marketing as well. This technology can and is delivering experiences which are actually impossible if we use general videos. VR can literally take over an audience’s field of vision entirely.

Enhanced experience in Medical Conferences

Medical and healthcare conferences can be really very uninteresting with the lack of boring presentation, audience engagement methodologies, visuals,, and also common bullet points without any significance. But however gamification and 3D visualization of utilizing VR technology can bring up the quality of medical conferences and can be taken to a whole new different level. For instance, if we could visualize a presenter and their audience with VR headsets strapped to their faces will make the conference more immersive and significantly entertaining.