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Immersive technologies include:
- Mobile Augmented Reality for Healthcare
- Hololens Augmented Reality for Healthcare
- HTC Vive Virtual Reality for Healthcare
- Oculus Rift Virtual Reality for Healthcare
- Samsung GearVR Virtual Reality for Healthcare
With the re-emerging technologies the opportunities for innovation are available for diagnosis, operation and rehabilitation stages in Healthcare.
Example applications of this technology include:
Virtual and Augmented Reality Training
- How to effectively and efficiently support patients
- What to do in emergency scenarios
- How to perform a difficult operation
- Work place health and safety
- Preparation for operation
- Educational material for patients to better understand their condition
- Guided rehabilitation at home
- Exposure therapy (treatment for patients with phobias like fear of flying and claustrophobia)
- Treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (learning how to deal with instances that might otherwise be triggers to behavior that could be destructive to themselves and others)
- Pain management (VR helps people get a handle on pain, especially for burn victims)
- Surgical training (virtual reality can provide means of practice without any risk to real patients)
- Curing phantom pain (alleviating pain via simulating virtual limb and practicing to do various tasks)
- Social cognition training for people with autism (using VR simulating of situations like blind dates or job interviews)
- Meditation (learn how to take deep, meditative breaths by making breathing the only control for the game, used for treating general anxiety)
- Opportunities for the disabled (allowing people with physical disabilities to play piano and guitar in VR using the headset’s eye tracking technology)
- Diagnostics (enabling doctors to make diagnosis in conjunction with other methods such as MRI scans)
- Robotic surgery (remote telesurgery in which surgery is performed by the surgeon at a separate location to the patient)
- Simulations (simulating sophisticated procedures, creating operations and training procedures, mastering disaster and emergency management)
These are just some examples of how the technology is being applied.
Currently we are working with an audiologist specialist is developing a mobile application to assist in the rehabilitation of deaf persons after having a cochlear implant operation. Users will use a Virtual Reality device and be immersed into a virtual environment with intractable objects placed within a 360 degree radius around them. Through listening the user will need to locate and interact with the environment. This will be time based and statistics of performance will be captured so as to see user progress over time.
This application is still being developed and further information will be disclosed once released.
If you are a Healthcare professional and are looking for a solution to your need, please reach out to us and we will happily help.