VirtualReality-News has reported that HealthyMind, a French medical company has been exploring and testing the use of virtual reality as an alternative to anesthetics for minor operations. Obviously, the company hasn't been performing major surgeries without anesthetics. Thus far, patients have undergone smaller procedures such as cut-stitching, burn treatment, or dislocations.
Healthy Mind gives their patients an Oculus Rift or an HTC Vive headset with a library of interactive or passive environments to ease their pain and make the experience less intense. The company has received very positive feedback and makes a bold claim that "VR could have twice the analgesic effect of morphine someday."
HealthyMinds is a great example of Virtual Reality technology helping to make major innovations in the medical field. The Medical VR field is a brand new area in the industry with dozens of fascinating technologies and possibilities being developed in 2018. As VR technology continues to grow and change, its impact on doctors, psychiatrists, and most importantly, patients should improve quality of life and create advancements in the medical field that people couldn't even imagine.
Here are 6 of those advancements being developed with VR Medical field right now!
Hands-On Training For Health Care Professionals and Medical Students
SimforHealth is another French startup company that specializes in e-healthcare for professionals and medical students. During a CES in Las Vegas, the company showcased an immersive role-playing experience where students assume the role of a doctor in an urgent situation. The exercise forces them to make quick decisions and manage their stress.
It's an extended preview into the future of medical training that would allow students to practice their craft and gain hands-on experience before ever stepping into an operating room all thanks to VR technology.
SimforHealth has also created "MedicActiv," which is intended to act as an interactive platform that allows healthcare professionals to access, share clinical cases, and information that should improve training and collaboration amongst doctors. Along with training the next generation of doctors, current professionals in the field would be able to use VR simulations to plan complex surgeries and procedures that require more time.