Virtual reality is moving far beyond the science fiction realm these days. In fact, new research indicates the global market for virtual reality in healthcare could climb close to $4 billion by 2020, driven by IT advances, increasing demand for rehabilitation and simulation training, and preference for minimally invasive or noninvasive procedures.
Take a look at five ways virtual reality is starting to make waves in healthcare:
- Medical education and visualization. The retention rate a year after virtual training tops 80%, compared to 20% after one week for traditional training. It’s ideal for practicing complex, high-risk activities such as brain and spine surgeries.
- Fine-tuning surgeries. Virtual reality can be used to evaluate tumors, aneurysms, vascular malformations and complex fractures to plan surgeries more effectively.
- Physician support. Virtual assistants could provide real-time information, alert doctors to missing information in EHRs, authenticate a patient’s identity and assist in care coordination.
- Empowering patients. The USC Center for Body Computing uses virtual reality to help patients better understand treatment options.
- Anxiety treatment. Virtual reality shows potential for treating post-traumatic stress disorder, phobias and other anxiety conditions.
Learn more about the plethora of promising uses for virtual reality in healthcare today.