Virtual reality is creating a safe space for patients and care providers in the healthcare sector. Not only can it help surgeons in training prepare for new operations, but it can also ease the minds of patients who may have had prior negative experiences. By offering more education to patients and providers alike, virtual reality is making for a kinder, more experienced health care service that has everyone’s best interest at heart.
These ten virtual reality companies are making strides in the healthcare sector by offering training opportunities, haptic feedback, and more considerate patient relationships:
Surgical Theater is a pre-op rehearsal platform for neurosurgeons and other specialized surgeons. This platform allows surgeons to practice potentially complex operations before operating on flesh and blood people.
Vicarious Surgical does not have much information out yet, but they specialize in designing software for practicing minimally invasive operations. Practicing minimally invasive surgeries can have a huge impact on patient satisfaction and recovery time both in terms of precision of skill and patient comfort. Their website is coming soon.
Fusion Tech is establishing a platform to teach patients about their conditions and show them how their treatments will work in a 3D simulation. Fusion Tech wants to drive improved community health and patient understanding using VR technology
Embodied Labs is developing a VR platform to educate patients and doctors on what it is like to live with various disabilities and impairments. The tool offers a notable strength for using the empathy innate to most people as a learning aid. Empathy brings educational experiences alive, so much so that Embodied Labs has been featured on the History Channel and The Huffington Post.
AppliedVR seeks to resolve patient anxiety and relieve pain. AppliedVR is currently undergoing clinical trials to see how it can effectively reduce stress and pain levels in patients. The company was born out of Stanford School of Medicine. AppliedVR focuses on drawing the patient’s attention away from any frightening or negatively associated occurrences in the physician’s office.
Psious is using VR technology to bring value into the mental health community. Helping individuals cope with fears and phobias, practicing mindfulness, or simulating scenarios are a few potential uses for VR in the clinical setting. Psious works via smartphone and headset so there is no need for a high end PC and VR headset.
Medical Realities uses consumer-grade VR technology like the Oculus Rift to train up-and-coming medical professionals in a safe environment. By using the Oculus Rift, Medical Realities is lowering the costs of safe medical training significantly.
BioLucid has developed a fully-immersive 3D representation of the human body in virtual reality. The representation not only shows what the body looks like on the inside and out while healthy, but also while infected with disease. This model brings significant depth to both diagnostic medicine and training alike. BioLucid’s You is a multi-platform representation, so it is likely to be compatible with your VR unit of choice.
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ImmersiveTouch simulates complex surgeries using CT and MRI scans of a patient while giving feedback to the operator through the haptic technology so the students can feel the patient they are operating on. ImmersiveTouch is continuing to develop and perfect the realistic 3D surgical environment and their patented haptic technology.
HeadRehab is backed by over 30 years of top neuroscience research. HeadRehab designs software that focuses on cognitive enhancement and physical performance. The main targets of HeadRehab are military, contact athletics, and researchers. HeadRehab tracks progress in reaction time, memory, balance, and more.
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