How Virtual Reality is Educating Both Patients and Providers

Virtual reality is still perceived as a new concept to some individuals. The truth is, whether you want to hike through the Sahara desert or swim on the ocean floor, virtual reality can take you there. These are the types of experiences people commonly think about when virtual reality is brought into conversation. However, virtual reality is changing the way our healthcare systems operate for the better, adding another dimension to education in the medical field. Here are the many ways that virtual reality is educating both patients and providers in the healthcare industry:

Improving Medical Storytelling

A difficult part of healthcare is communicating the nature of a disease or treatment to those who have never experienced it before. With virtual reality, medical and scientific storytelling becomes more immersive, which helps the patient understand what it is like to have a certain ailment more effectively.

The R70i Aging Suit is part of an exhibition at the Liberty Science Center in New Jersey. This aging simulation allows the younger generations to understand what it physically feels like to age. This immersive experience proved that virtual reality is an effective avenue for medical and scientific storytelling of all types.

Boosting Patient Education 

Virtual reality has been used to improve patient education. Patient education can include information about conditions and treatments or even how to navigate the healthcare system. With patient education, patients are making informed decisions about their health.

Virtual reality aims to take patient education into the future by delivering patients an individualized and immersive experience. VR allows patients to view their exact results and visualize their own medical conditions using engaging learning tools, such as the drag-and-drop feature. This higher level of understanding can also help reduce a patient’s anxiety, ultimately building trust between the patient and care provider.

Improving Medical Education and Training

Virtual reality training in healthcare is providing students and staff members with an immersive “hands-on” experience that will help prepare them mentally and physically for real-life scenarios in the hospital. Virtual reality also gives medical students and professionals the training they need to gain real-world experience in a way that doesn’t endanger patients. At Immertec, we focus on real-time training with virtual reality and understand the importance of gaining experience and access to live training surgeries whenever necessary. Learn more about Immertec’s process and how we can implement VR training in your organization today. Contact us today!

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