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3 Ways Virtual Reality Is Impacting Healthcare

October 11, 2017   |   Jess Holy   |   Healthcare, virtual reality

There are many practical applications for virtual reality (VR) in healthcare, from treating post-traumatic stress disorder and phobias to pain management to training and robotic surgeries. And for your customers, the possibilities are endless. We’ve complied a list of three ways that VR is impacting healthcare and how you can position the solution to your healthcare customers.

1. Training for Doctors and Nurses

Training doctors and nurses can be time consuming and generally needs to be delivered by a busy, expensive professional. With VR headsets, doctors can try new surgery techniques and test several medical devices before ever stepping foot in the operating room (OR). But virtual reality medical training isn’t limited to the OR—all healthcare professionals who perform medical procedures can use VR to learn. With low-cost VR equipment, controllable, repeatable scenarios and instant feedback, training reaches well beyond the classroom.

2. Pain Management

Pain distraction methods have been used in healthcare to treat different types of pain for a while now, however VR provides a new, innovative look at pain management through interactive games. In some instances, VR has been found to help patients tolerate medical procedures that are usually very painful. It’s also been found to help amputee patients cope with “phantom pain.” Additionally, VR serves as a drug-free pain management alternative, helping to cut down on prescription drugs and the pain medication abuse.

3. Cognitive Rehabilitation

Patients with brain injuries from trauma or illness (stroke) can struggle with completing everyday tasks. VR can be used to recreate these scenarios and tasks, allowing patients to practice them repeatedly and vary levels of complexity to help speed up recovery and regain cognitive function. VR can also be used as an assessment tool, so doctors can observe patients to identify areas of memory loss, reduced attention or difficulty with decision making.

What Are Your Next Steps?

Virtual reality has already changed the healthcare industry and is rapidly gaining traction for many different applications. Now is the perfect time to help reshape your customers’ healthcare business to keep up with the emerging benefits of virtual reality. For more guidance in providing the right virtual reality solutions for your healthcare customers, reach out to Tech Data’s Client and Mobile team at tdm_sales@techdata.com.

Sources:

https://www.flatworldsolutions.com/healthcare/articles/virtual-reality-applications-in-healthcare.php

https://phys.org/news/2017-06-ways-virtual-reality-healthcare.html

https://blog.econocom.com/en/blog/virtual-reality-for-the-training-of-healthcare-professionals/

http://www.clinicalpainadvisor.com/acute-pain/virtual-reality-as-adjunctive-pain-management-in-hospitalized-patients/article/650436/