What is Virtual Reality (VR) & Its Applications in Healthcare

What is Virtual Reality (VR) & Its Applications in Healthcare
What is Virtual Reality (VR) & Its Applications in Healthcare

Virtual Reality is helping the Healthcare Industry Improve Efficiency and Accuracy.

The healthcare industry is rapidly changing in today’s world – and more changes are expected to come. As it evolves, new channels of care can be leveraged that were impossible just a few years ago. These shifts can be termed as “New Paradigms in Healthcare.” One of the new approaches in the paradigm is Virtual Reality (VR) in the healthcare industry.

Virtual Reality is becoming popular among many industries, more so in healthcare. Virtual Reality, also known as VR, promises to enhance the healthcare industry with its applications. A great thing about VR technology is that it has long been used to train medical staff on visual and hands-on skills. Earlier, medical students were taught traditionally, such as by using dummies, books, and lectures.

However, training on how to handle real-life clinical situations is more realistic on a simulation platform enabled by VR technology.

That’s how the healthcare industry is using VR to help their patients:-

Virtual Reality in Surgery

A couple of decades ago, if someone were to mention the use of a computer to enhance a surgeon’s abilities, it would have been considered impossible. But today, surgeons can appear to locations virtually to assist in serious procedures, such as pedicle screw removal. At InfiVR, we are working with renowned surgeons and medical experts to provide such remote virtual collaboration solutions using virtual reality. 

VR will play a key role in surgery, pre-operative planning, and the diagnostic process. Additionally, it provides real experience to surgeons, like what it feels to cut during surgery. We can now recreate any situation’s sight, sound, smell, and feel anywhere on earth or beyond.

Mental Illness Treatment

VR is immensely helpful for patients with mental illness to get better faster. Using Virtual Reality to help socially anxious, depressed, or stressed people is becoming more popular day by day. Mental illnesses are not curable, but they can be managed. And they can be managed cost-effectively, efficiently, and safely with the use of virtual reality.

Virtual reality has the potential to improve the quality of life for people experiencing mental illness. There is still much work to be done to ensure that it provides a safe space for people dealing with disorders, but there are seemingly endless potential benefits to virtual reality in the field of mental illness treatment. The world of mental health treatment has changed dramatically in recent years, and this technology will continue to unfold before our very eyes. InfiVR has been instrumental in working with few of the leading organizations in providing such virtual reality based experience solutions. InfiVR has developed Virtual reality experience to treat or help people with various phobias, like fear of height, fear of darkness, etc.  

Medical Education

The future of medical education seems to be heading towards mixed reality and VR. Medical students, and even doctors, can get a glimpse of it today—the VR/AR has already made its way into medical training.

Virtual Reality is a valuable tool that allows doctors and students to get hands-on experience in a risk-free environment. However, the cost of these devices has been a challenge for medical institutions. However, with the latest advances in Virtual Reality, this might not have been an issue anymore.

Virtual reality’s advanced level of human immersion could potentially revolutionize how students learn to utilize medical procedures, especially when it comes to complex surgical procedures. 

The use of virtual reality in these situations will allow students to make mistakes without risking patients’ lives or injuring one of their patients’ organs or bones. Thus, it increases student learning potential and confidence. Virtual reality is still in its beginning stages; however, the possibilities seem endless, and it’s exciting to consider all of the ways that medical classrooms will be able to utilize virtual reality in the future. InfiVR has partnered with several medical colleges and institutes to provide collaborative virtual reality based learning solutions for such purposes.

Human Simulation Techniques

The rapid development of 3D graphics, motion capture, and virtual reality simulation technology has led to the proliferation of human simulation applications in medical education. 

It provides virtual clinical environments that are used to conduct various surgical procedures.

The aim is to provide a means to train and practice medical and surgical procedures and to teach human anatomy and physiology. The technology has advanced over the years, and today, we can develop a system that uses Virtual Reality and enables us to create real-life simulations. At InfiVR, we have seasoned subject experts to build such solutions, InfiVR Virtual Reality based Cataract surgery simulation is used by leading non profit organizations and institutes to train assistance to perform cataract surgery. This has enabled training of such surgeons at scale and very affordable expenses especially in developing countries. 

Physical Fitness and Therapy

Virtual Reality is being applied in many areas of healthcare, including physical therapy. If you’re thinking about becoming fit, facing a condition that limits your ability to exercise, or simply looking to get into shape, consider trying Virtual Reality for weight loss or physical therapy.

In present times, Virtual Reality (VR) is used in different industries, including medical and wellness practices. VR has various clinical applications in theory and practices, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological therapy, and physiotherapy. 

InfiVR has helped one of its customers develop an innovative smart phone based applications using augmented reality to help elderly perform their physiotherapy exercise with smart AR aid and guidance. 

Virtual Reality can be very effective in enhancing memory, increasing self-efficacy, dealing with anxiety and phobia problems, stress management, pain control, and helping children understand human anatomy better. VR can also be applied to group learning situations; this will allow cognitively handicapped people to enhance their social interaction skills through virtual simulations.

Conclusion

The healthcare industry is taking advantage of virtual reality to provide patients with an awareness about their conditions, which could help patients be more open to their medication plans and other treatments. 

Furthermore, it can improve patient/caregiver interactions by placing the individual in a recreational environment. By adding all these features to the application, healthcare professionals will re-teach the patient about their conditions, remind them about medication intake, and increase creative thinking skills. These technologies can help patients manage chronic diseases or disabilities better.