So what is the contribution of a virtual reality into modern medicine? And what's more, what exactly should we expect from virtual reality healthcare in the future? Let's analyze the recent development in this sphere and see what are the common tendencies regarding technologies used in the medical field these days.
As it was already mentioned, the usage of apps of virtual reality in medicine is getting more popular and common, and since the technological progress is moving faster than ever, now VR apps are dealing with a noticeably wider range of healthcare aspects than a few years ago. So the future of medicine is standing on the new technology of virtual reality.
These days we are about to enter a new stage of medicine, where not only patients might face new, technologically improved treatment of the future, but even the new generations of doctors and other medical personnel will go through changes because virtual reality apps are able to put medical education on the next level. Therefore, modern developers have a lot of space for their ideas. Let's see the three main aspects of medicine to cover when you are thinking of business developing healthcare VR apps.
3 areas of healthcare where virtual reality apps can benefit
There can be plenty options to choose from, when it comes to virtual reality apps that can be used in the medical sphere. There is practically no limitations since the market is still growing. But let's look at some of the ideas in each of three areas that had already been transformed to life.
Training for the surgeons, dentists, etc. We can start with the most common and effective methods of using VR apps in medicine. Using virtual reality programs for training next generations of doctors is the best investment in our future healthcare. Now medical students are able to practice their skills without any risk for the patients and still experience the work in the most realistic way.
There can be provided different 3D models. For example, for dentists a mouth/teeth simulation and the instruments that would look and feel like real with all the sensation and feedback they give. Or it could be a brain model that turns into a training model for the students.
Life-saving modules with no risk for lives. VR apps can be used for stimulating situations of emergency, accidents or life threatening situations, so paramedics could train to act under high pressure and gain valuable skills in a quite realistic atmosphere.
Virtual reality applications can serve as a great tool when you need to sort of trick your brain, in order to escape, or change the reality. Such tactics is a revolutionary discovery in the sphere of mental health.
Treatment for PTSD syndrome, phobias, anxieties. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common mental illness among soldiers who had returned from war but haven't left the war behind. In this case, as well as with various phobias and anxieties, VR apps can make a great contribution to mental health of the patients by putting them into a safe and controlled environment to teach them how to cope with their fears and to break their unhealthy behaviour patterns.
Autism. Thanks to VR applications now people with autism can learn what are the behaviour norms just be playing social situations in virtual reality, so it would be more familiar and easier in life. The same model of VR apps can be used for disabled homebound people, only the target of the app will be not to teach them but to improve their life conditions. This way they would be able to experience the life outside. Sure, such immersive VR apps are hard to build, considering the complexity of imitating all the aspects of outside world.
Pain. There is a huge medical benefit to building a virtual reality app that will replace a pain management treatment. In fact such VR apps are not working on reducing pain physically, but actually on teaching patients or sometimes tricking their brains in order of coping with the feel of pain. Such applications might be considered for those who, for instance, are suffering from phantom limb pain, or those who have burn pain.
Such apps are targeted straight to the sensors in our brains that are responsible for pain and pleasure. Therefore, once the pleasure is a dominating feeling in our brains, the pathway for pain is simply blocked. Such VR apps have been proven to work more effectively than even morphine.
Prototypes. One the most essential areas of physical health where virtual reality apps can benefit is prototype production. Working on the way to ease prototyping modeling for people and to make it less pricey. It can be extremely comfortable when instead of carrying around the examples of produced models of prototypes that might fit different shapes and sizes in order to suit specific needs of just one client the seller just put all the models in the iPhone.
With a simple help of mobile devices, it can be possible to reduce time and money consuming process of shaping right prototypes and start the actual physical construction of the prototype already after the customer test it in the VR app.
Helping to overcome bad habits. VR apps can be perfect helpers when it comes to educating people about healthy lifestyle and the cons of having bad habits, such as smoking, overeating, etc. VR apps can be used for experiencing the consequences of unhealthy habits and looking at them from a different perspective after the demonstration of their influence on our bodies.
Why to choose virtual reality apps for a startup?
First of all, as we have already enlisted a big advantage there is a vast range of areas where VR apps may benefit the medicine. However, let’s see how it can be beneficial for the businesses in detail.
Wide range of opportunities. Because of the fact that this market is still developing, there are so many of free opportunities to go with. Additionally, the market of VR apps for medicine is still very flexible and eager for new ideas and products. Besides, by starting your business in this industry you are entering a very prosperous market.
Development of the future. Healthcare has a large interest in the promotion of VR apps, therefore their development is highly requested. Moreover, the medicine requires a constant progress in this industry and keeps pushing the limits further and further. Such methods of new treatments can replace the traditional one already in the nearest future.
Uniqueness and irreplaceability. If you come up with a new product, and you will have plenty of space to create something completely new, there are not going to be many opponents to compete with you, so you might be the first to take a profitable and successful niche. If you continue to work on the product and offer improvements and updates, you might take that position of noncommitment for quite a long time.
Mutually beneficial process. Medicine benefit by its effectiveness and efficiency, as well as by saving money. It is less expensive to make one time purchase of certain app which might even go without any expensive equipment, than to purchase expensive pain killers, hiring more stuff, etc.
So if you want to develop a virtual reality app for a hospital you can see that there are lots of ways to go. First of all, it all depends on the aspect of the healthcare niche you are most interested in contributing. However, VR applications also vary a lot in their complexity, design, costs, platforms (iOS or Android) and time for development.
Therefore, a custom VR app might require a lot of experience and theoretical knowledge. Email our company for getting a more detailed consultation on the topic or for the cooperation on the project. Our team of experienced developers is always ready to offer their skills for turning your business idea into reality. Contact us here: email@example.com.