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How Virtual Reality Will Change the Health Industry

Published on 12th January 2017 | Friday

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Since 2012, there has been an immense leap in the interest of virtual reality. Products like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Cardboard have become huge topics of conversation as an era of virtual reality marks its birth. From the sciences to entertainment, virtual reality has found a way to permeate into and benefit industries across the globe. Among the industries, health care will see some of the most direct and imminent gains.

According to the team at Biotricity, a health company specializing in biometric solutions, "In the new year there will be a multitude of different benefits that virtual reality will play in health care, which will improve the lives of both doctors and patients." As 2015 comes to an end, the new year will bring exciting innovations in health care that will revolutionize the experiences of the industry, internally and externally. These innovations will include facilitation of procedures, trainings, and improvement of medical methods. Here are a few things to know about how virtual reality is effective the health care industry.

1. Virtual reality will assist employee training

One of the key implementations of virtual reality in the medical field is that it will allow doctors and medical professionals to practice procedures that they don't regularly have access to in the office. There are a variety of different mobile virtual reality devices that are becoming equip to handle these exercises. Among them, Gear VR, VR One, and Google Cardboard have stood out as some of the most promising. These devices will dramatically change the way in which hospitals and health care facilities are able to train their nurses, doctors, and medical personnel. There are many instances of virtual reality already playing a role in training. Nicklaus Children's Hospital has recently partnered with Next Galaxy Corp, an augmented and virtual reality company, to create software designed for procedures in hospitals. The technology is centered on the virtual reality medical instructional software, which functions to guide users through procedures like a Foley catheter insertion, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and wound care. As the technology continues to advance, training new employees will become easier and more cost effective. In addition, the training itself will be more effective. By enabling the trainee to immerse himself in a virtual reality environment, the staff member is able to synthetize a much more realistic and memorable experience for the new employee. Among its many proven benefits, virtual reality has shown remarkable abilities in enabling medical staff to learn and retain information

2. Although it is new, it's having a huge impact

Virtual reality will soon be guiding our learning in many ways. From teaching us new skills, to helping us overcome medical ailments, virtual reality will play a key role in the deployment and utilization of many different health related procedures. Despite its progress, virtual reality is, by any standard, still in its early stages. Its net benefits and possible implementations have yet to be fully uncovered. . Its interactive nature allows staff to participate in rather than observe procedures. When a person is engaged in an activity, their behavior effects their memory far more than if they were merely observing an activity. This type of learning is more conducive for long term memory and learning. Virtual reality is surprisingly a great way for medical facilities and hospitals to reduce cost. Seeing the potential for improvement in the industry, many tech companies are partnering up with virtual reality to bring the advantages to the present.

3. Clinical health care settings and hospitals are benefiting

Virtual reality offers doctors and medical professionals to simulate surgery and other intensive procedures. In doing so, the technology is able to strengthen the skill sets of the user at lower costs than before. Using new VR-imbedded technologies, surgeons receive both physical and visual feedback when going through the motions of a procedure. Companies like Medical Realities and ImmersiveTouch have developed new simulators to help these practices. While it is only recently becoming a main topic of discussion in the tech world, virtual reality has been providing benefits to health care for nearly 20 years. In the past two decades, virtual reality simulations have been operated in order to help patients with conditions like phobias, severe pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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