The Doctor is in (Virtually): How VR is Changing Patient Care The Doctor is in (Virtually): How VR is Changing Patient Care
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The Doctor is in (Virtually): How VR is Changing Patient Care

The Doctor is in (Virtually): How VR is changing patient care

Introduction

Virtual Reality (VR) is revolutionizing patient care by creating immersive healthcare experiences. Through VR, patients can access virtual consultations with healthcare providers, reducing geographical barriers and enhancing accessibility. Medical professionals leverage VR for training simulations, enabling realistic practice scenarios. Patients benefit from therapeutic VR applications, aiding in pain management, anxiety reduction, and rehabilitation exercises. VR also facilitates preoperative planning and enhances patient education through interactive visualizations. As the healthcare landscape embraces digital transformation, VR emerges as a powerful tool, improving diagnostics, treatment, and overall patient outcomes. The virtual doctor’s presence is transforming traditional healthcare, offering a glimpse into the future of more personalized and engaging medical experiences.

Improving Surgical Efficiency

Universities all over the world are utilizing a cutting-edge virtual reality tool for many surgeries including neurosurgical and cardiothoracic surgery. Surgeons can virtually examine a patient’s brain and body before performing a surgical procedure. This improves surgical efficiency and situational awareness. It also allows patients and their families to better understand a procedure before it happens.

According to a Business Review study, VR training improves participants’ overall surgical performance 230% compared to traditional methods.

Increasing Empathy

Hospitals are also using virtual reality (VR) simulations to help physicians better understand their patients. For example, VR can be used to simulate health conditions like dementia, Parkinson’s disease, or migraine headache.

Another example is, in the training of aging services, studies have shown that VR improves students’ comprehension of age-related health problems and increases their empathy for elderly adults with vision, hearing loss, or Alzheimer’s.

Pain Reduction

VR has been shown to be effective in treating and reducing pain. For example, a VR experience has been shown to reduce pain by up to 24%
VR applications can be used to assist women in labor and patients with acute or chronic pain. In many cases, VR treatments can reduce or eliminate the need for traditional pharmaceutical therapies.

Enhancing Physical Therapy Treatments

Virtual Reality (VR) is an effective treatment for patients who need physical rehabilitation. Programs such as motion-enabled games can replicate accurate physical movements and motivate patients to exercise. Therapists can customize all settings to fit their patients’ needs. Additionally, VR rehab allows patients to practice real-world skills, like grocery shopping and dishwashing.

Improving Memory and Cognitive Functions

Virtual Reality (VR) is being used by some startups to help seniors enhance their memory, cognitive, and motor function, as well as for rehab therapy, socialization, and other purposes.

VR intervention has been shown to improve the cognitive and motor functions of older adults who have mild cognitive impairment (MCCI) or dementia (Dementia). In particular, VR has been found to improve attention, execution, member and global cognition, as well as balance.

VR has also been used in cognitive rehabilitation efforts for diseases such as MS and spatial deficits following stroke, where research has shown that VR has the potential to augment the effects of conventional therapies by increasing the input of sensory information and promoting multi-sensory integration, as well as processing.

Treating Mental Health

VR can be used to treat anxiety and trauma for patients. For instance, a psychologist may treat a patient who has been injured in a car accident by using virtual exposure therapy on public streets, which is safer for the patient than a face-to-face visit. The effectiveness of VR exposure therapy is often dramatic. According to a study, VR exposure therapy reduces a patient’s fear of heights on average by 68%. The same type of treatment can be used for patients with other psychological ailments or phobias (e.g., depression, PTSD, etc.).

Medical Applications

There are many medical applications for virtual reality. Researchers are constantly discovering new ways to use the technology to improve healthcare and provide more effective treatments.

Rapidly Advancing

VR is on the verge of revolutionizing many industries, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 30.

Conclusion

Virtual Reality (VR) in healthcare, is revolutionizing patient care by providing immersive healthcare experiences. Telemedicine, enabled by VR, allows doctors to remotely diagnose and treat patients. VR therapy aids mental health treatments. While the future holds exciting possibilities for improved accessibility and personalized care, transforming the landscape of healthcare delivery, AR VR Sol pioneers in providing end to end solution especially in patient care is striving to provide the best in the device technology.

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