Visual aids are poised to play a prominent role in more parts of care delivery due to their therapeutic and instructional properties.
FREMONT, CA: As the pandemic continues, some physicians are turning to virtual and augmented reality techniques to connect with patients and facilitate more individualized care, particularly in circumstances where physical contact must be limited.
The technologies can replicate a fully immersive experience (VR) or incorporate real-world sensory aspects (AR).
Allied Market Research predicts that the market for virtual and augmented reality in healthcare will reach $2.4 billion by 2026, as use cases such as pain management, memory care, and medical teaching develop.
VR Offers Medical Immersion for a Variety of Patient Requirements
AR and VR have been introduced to the healthcare market. Specific experiences, such as the opportunity to "try on" glasses on companies' websites, are simple and effective entrance points.
As patients remain isolated, healthcare organizations may explore starting or expanding VR programs for self-guided rehabilitation exercises and chronic pain management.
Virtual care, or hybrid forms of in-person and virtual care, will undoubtedly become widespread. For a range of applications, forward-thinking systems should consider having a fleet of VR headsets available.
For instance, a properly cleaned headset might be transported from a physical therapy patient to an expectant mother in the delivery room as a visual distraction.
AR and VR for Surgical Preparation and Performance
Beneficiaries are not the only ones who stand to gain. Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) technology are increasingly used in operating rooms and schools to assist surgeons in preparing for upcoming duties.
Surgeons who can walk around the organs they are about to operate on while using AR and VR from a checklist perspective are radically altering how surgeries are performed today.
The next wave of investment in technology will concentrate on generating efficiencies in delivering complex care.
Instead of showing a patient an X-ray and telling them what you're going to do, we can show them a 3D model of what will occur during the surgery and what it will look like afterward. The real paradigm-shifting value of these platforms will be their ability to improve surgery while it's in progress.
Once a surgeon has seen AR intraoperatively, it is difficult to imagine how they might ever return to the status quo.