The Applications of Virtual Reality in the Healthcare Industry

Who hasn’t heard of virtual reality? VR technology is becoming more widely recognized in this advanced era, regardless of whether or not one is a tech enthusiast. According to, 52.1 million people in the United States are using virtual reality at least once a month by 2020. It is estimated that by 2030, 23 million jobs will be supported by virtual reality technology.

Virtual reality is also commonly used in the medical field. Arutala recently teamed up with FK KMK UGM to create virtual reality technology to help students learn how to bathe patients. Of course, the use of VR in the field of health is not limited to bathing the patient; it has been used in a variety of ways, including:

  • Medical Training

Virtual reality is commonly used to conduct training for both medical students and physicians who have already graduated. The availability of virtual reality technology aids doctors in streaming during surgery. This helps medical students to see how an operation is carried out firsthand.

  • Assisting young doctors in their decision-making

VR health software assists young doctors who have little decision-making experience. Senior Solution is an app that assists young doctors in analyzing existing symptoms and comprehending the feelings of patients, especially those who are elderly. Furthermore, there is a virtual reality program called We Are Alfred that allows users to experience life through the eyes of Alfred for a few minutes in order to better understand and feel how the lives of the elderly. 

  • Treatment for psychic and psychological distress

Virtual reality technology for physical injury rehabilitation is equipped with virtual games that can be customized specifically for patients, motivating them to exercise and heal faster. 

VR can also be used to treat psychological pain, phobias, and anxiety, among other things. Bravemind, a trauma-healing VR technology developed by the University of Southern California Institute, is capable of curing phobias and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD).

It’s not out of the doubt that the use of virtual reality technology in the health sector will expand in the coming years, benefiting both doctors and nurses as well as patients. (Putri-Fortuna/News)

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