10 More Ways Virtual Reality is Revolutionizing Healthcare
Continuing our exploration of virtual reality today, here is a great article from TechRepublic entitled “10 ways Virtual Reality is Revolutionizing Medicine and Healthcare“. We should think of virtual reality not just in terms of what it can provide for healthcare professionals in terms of training, but also for rehabilitation and patient education.
“When people experience virtual reality for the first time, a common reaction is to start imagining all the different uses the technology might hold. Even within one industry, healthcare, the potential is open-ended. The good thing is that scientists and medical professionals have been at the drawing board for years now, developing and implementing virtual reality in ways that can help them train, diagnose, and treat in myriad situations.
Here are just ten of the use cases that are currently in practice and continually developing as the technology itself develops too:
- Exposure therapy
- Treatment for PTSD
- Pain management
- Surgical training
- Phantom limb pain
- Brain damage assessment and rehabilitation
- Social cognition training for young adults with autism
- Meditation Opportunities for the disabled
- Opportunities for the homebound
I would add mass casualty scene management, patient assessment, ED scenarios and patient movement to the list. Here’s another list of VR’s affect in healthcare with some great videos on HuffintonPost.com:
- Soothing Burn Victims’ Painful Therapy
- Curing Phantom Pains In Amputee Victims
- Therapy For Soldiers Suffering From PTSD
- Treating Children With Autism
- Allowing Surgical Students To Practice Techniques
Let us know how you are using virtual reality for your healthcare programs!
Lance Baily, BA, EMT-B, is the Founder & CEO of HealthySimulation.com, which he started while serving as the Director of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Clinical Simulation Center of Las Vegas back in 2010. Lance is also the Founder and acting Advisor to the Board of SimGHOSTS.org, the world’s only non-profit organization dedicated to supporting professionals operating healthcare simulation technologies. His new co-edited Book: “Comprehensive Healthcare Simulation: Operations, Technology, and Innovative Practice” is available now. Lance’s background also includes serving as a Simulation Technology Specialist for the LA Community College District, EMS fire fighting, Hollywood movie production, rescue diving, and global travel. He lives with his wife Dr. Abigail Baily in Las Vegas, Nevada with their newborn daughter and two crazy dachshunds.