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Here at Immerse Enterprise we look to impact the future of the Australian Healthcare Industry through the role that immersive technologies will play. Both AR and VR technologies have very important roles to play in the healthcare industry with innovation in this area changing the lives of both patients and the staff treating those patients.
Immersive technologies for Healthcare include:
- Mobile Augmented Reality
- Hololens Augmented Reality
- HTC Vive Virtual Reality
- Oculus Rift Virtual Reality
- Samsung GearVR Virtual Reality
With immerse technologies now having a greater focus in the medical field, the opportunities for innovation are growing to become more widely available. Immerse technologies have a profound affect on how we perform diagnosis, operation and rehabilitation throughout Healthcare facilties.
Example applications of this technology include:
Virtual and Augmented Reality Training
- How to effectively and efficiently support patients through their treatment
- Simulate emergency scenarios to provide training and advice for staff
- How to perform a difficult operation under a variety of scenarios
- 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 objects they are able to interact with, all 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.