The introduction of VR in healthcare industry is resulting in the evolution of the augmented reality and Virtual reality market during the forecast period. Virtual Reality in healthcare industry is expected to generate revenues of over $1.4 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of more than 33% during 2018-2023. VR in the healthcare sector is shaping the future by helping in surgery, education, and training. This technology helps in creating various simulation environments for the training of medical students and young medical practitioners. The leading manufacturers are leveraging VR to develop medical instructional software for difficult procedures such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), nasal gastric tube insertion, Foley catheter insertion, intubation, starting an IV, wound care, and the Heimlich maneuver. This technology can provide real-time feedback to doctors and minimize the risk of practicing on real patients that carry the risk of major consequences such as the perforation of organs, and potential malpractice and other lawsuits.

Applications of Virtual Reality in healthcare industry are discussed below:

Virtual Reality Assisted Simulation

Hospitals are building VR simulations where the staff, nurses, medical students, and doctors are put into the rare and difficult situation, where the spilt-second decisions will determine whether the patient lives or dies. Such simulations of Virtual Reality in healthcare industry will help them with real-life situations they face in the future. AiSolve and Bioflight VR have made virtual environment based on the real case scenarios of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). This simulation-based training not only prepares them for the worst but also saves time and cost related to mannequin-based training. Additionally, simulation by Virtual Reality in healthcare industry is also used to train the radiotherapist, who uses radiation to treat patients having tumors or cancers.

Virtual Reality Assisted Diagnostics

Virtual Reality in healthcare industry is a powerful diagnostic tool, and it helps physicians and doctors to perform accurate diagnosis with no errors. VR is useful in the diagnosis of various diseases such as mental conditions Virtual-reality-test-could-pre, such as Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and traumatic brain injury to eye conditions such as glaucoma. VR provides an inexpensive and easy diagnosis of crucial diseases; it helps in creating a simulation environment, where doctors can perform operations and see the success rate before operating on the patient. Virtual Reality in healthcare industry provides real-time, anatomically précised VR simulations for visualizing medical diagnoses, illustrating the impact of procedures and treatments, and create more well-rounded decision-making.

Virtual Reality Assisted Rehabilitation

Virtual reality in healthcare industry is resulting in the emergence of devices such as Nintendo Wii, Sony PlayStation, and Microsoft’s Kinect is revolutionizing the global market. HMDs are engaging and self-motivating, which increases the confidence level of the patient to use VR HMDs out of hospitals. This boosts their confidence level, and they even use them for a longer period and on a regular basis, which helps in getting better sooner. CAREN (Computer Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) by Motek Medical, SeeMe, GestureTek’s Interactive Rehabilitation and Exercise System (IREX), MindMaze, and MindMotionPro are some of leading providers of rehabilitation systems propelling the growth of VR in healthcare industry.

Virtual Reality Assisted Pain Distraction

VR in healthcare industry is useful in reducing the pain or distracting the patients suffered from acute burn injuries in both adults and children. It also helps in treating phantom limb’s pain by using VR where doctors create a relaxing virtual environment so that the patient forgets about the pain. These games are used to help the patient to escape and manage its pain without any drugs. As the patient is completely engaged in the virtual environment, the nerves in the brain that sense stress and pain become less active and focus on pain, the brain is more indulged in coping, cognition, and resilience. Such development is assisted by the use of VR in healthcare industry.

VR Assisted Virtual Reality Expose Therapy (VRET)

Virtual reality in healthcare industry helps in early detection and treatment of mental health conditions such psychosis and PTSD as these diseases are easily talked in the virtual reality expose therapy (VRET). VRET navigates patients through the digitally created virtual environment and completely designed tasks tailored according to specific ailments. VRET is estimated to have a 90% success rate in treating the patients, especially in PTSD and at about half the cost of other traditional methods such as the one mentioned above the Cognitive Behavior Therapy. The development of VRET in VR in healthcare industry will revolutionize patient care.

The leading vendors in the virtual reality in healthcare market are MindMaze, Psious, Virtually Better, First Hand Technology, Immersive Touch, Medical Realities, Osso VR Inc, VirtaMed, zSpace Inc, and Surgical Theater.

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