The ability to quickly identify and treat symptoms of COVID-19 can be the difference between life and death. When treating or diagnosing a novel disease, VR can help expedite a cure. Scientists, from across the globe, can share knowledge and data remotely, without constraints of geographical boundaries and travel restrictions. In addition, VR can help with providing care through the creation and deployment of mobile clinics.
Health institution’s use of VR
At the moment, hospitals nationwide are experiencing an unprecedented demand for more bed space. They contend with being overwhelmed by the daily barrage of patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. To help offset some patient load, hospitals and health centers can use VR as a logistical aid. VR can be used to operate satellite treatment centers, in areas surrounding a major hospital or health system.
Physicians can also use VR to get a clearer picture of what is going inside a patient’s body. For example, doctors at the George Washington University Hospital recreated 3-D images of their first COVID-19 patient. This allowed them to get a clearer image of what was happening inside his body. As the first U.S. hospital to use VR for thoracic cases, GWU Hospital continues to use VR in its treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Also, VR can be used to pinpoint symptoms of COVID-19 in patients early, so they can self-quarantine with minimal spread to their community. Telehealth support VR applications like XRHealth are providing remote support for people in isolation and quarantine due to suspected exposure to coronavirus.
Medical schools VR use
Lastly, medical schools currently use VR applications to train residents. Virtual medical training allows students to collaborate with leading surgeons, researchers, and medical clinicians from around the world.
To this end, Immertec actively works to facilitate virtual learning between medical schools and teaching hospitals. With MedOptic, Immertec’s virtual surgical training platform, trainees experience fully-immersive, practical, and dynamic 3D training.
Find out more about how Immertec can help improve patient outcomes and streamline virtual learning between medical students, surgeons, and specialists.