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How Virtual Reality Improves Medical Services

By CIOReview | Thursday, June 21, 2018

Virtual reality (VR) has been more and more portrayed as an immersive medium unlike any other, where it can transform the way we watch television shows, play games, and create art. Media companies and brands continue to innovate using the VR experiences to build a channel for marketing and entertainment. Industries extending from automotive to healthcare are investing in VR for various purposes ranging from training and designing to medical treatment. According to a recent report from Greenlight Insights, a VR/AR research firm, the number of people using VR for commercial purposes within enterprise firms could reach nearly 91 million by 2020.

VR is helping hospitals to better treat patient and deliver great experience. As an industry which relies on a wide variety of hardware and software, healthcare is all set to experience great technology innovation with the advent of VR. The design and implementation of VR is rampant where medical experts and scientists are developing new techniques to help patients overcome chronic and at times dangerous medical situations.

For instance, one treatment for patients with phobias is exposure therapy. In a controlled environment, patients are exposed to their fears and are encouraged to practice strategies to tackle demanding circumstances.

Similar to exposure therapy for phobia and anxieties, VR is being put into practice to help soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. Hospitals are leveraging VR simulations mimicking the conflicted areas and war zones to help veterans overcome the mental trauma and stress in a controlled environment.

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