Medical virtual reality might sound like science fiction, but it’s already helping hospitals provide better care and improve patient experiences.
Hospitals are home to some of the world’s most advanced technologies, including state-of-the-art computer systems, robots, and surgical tools. It’s no surprise then to see that virtual reality (VR), with all of its groundbreaking possibilities, has also made its way into the medical space.
There are a lot of different ways to use VR in medical applications, from practicing surgical procedures to providing patients with an in-depth view of how hospitals look and function. And we’re only just getting started.
How is Virtual Reality Used in Medicine?
VR in healthcare takes a lot of different shapes, but all with one common purpose: to provide better care. Sometimes that means helping patients directly, such as VR applications that reduce anxiety during certain types of procedures. Other times, it means training physicians in new surgical processes and allowing them to practice a surgical technique before trying it on a real person. And more generally, it is also being widely used to provide 360-degree tours of hospital facilities, allowing patients and their families to explore hospitals prior to admittance and to reduce the types of hospital-based anxieties that make going in for treatment that much more stressful.
There are endless possibilities for virtual reality in medicine. And whether it’s supporting improved medical training and treatment or reducing patient anxiety before and during their stay, it’s clear that the ways we use VR in hospitals are only going to increase—which is good news for hospital faculties and patients alike.
Why VR Tours Are Important for Hospitals
At Virtual TECH Design, we help hospitals design and implement virtual tours of their facilities that can be viewed online prior to in-person visits. Going to the hospital for treatment can be a scary and overwhelming experience. By providing individuals with an opportunity to take a 360 tour of a medical facility before ever stepping foot in it, this application of VR reduces all-around stress and gives patients a more clear idea of what they can expect.
VR tours provide a window into a space that most individuals never visit unless they have to. And this has two major benefits:
- It allows patients to view amenities and equipment without traveling. Many individuals live quite a distance from the facilities that they’ll be receiving treatment at. Instead of having to make a trip to acclimate to the space—a step that can be difficult to do, especially for those who are injured or ill—patients can do a virtual walkthrough of the hospital, getting an idea of what it looks and feels like before they ever step foot inside.
- It allows patients to get acclimated to their new living space. One of the biggest advantages of a pre-visit virtual tour is that patients can feel like they’ve been to a hospital before ever walking through the door. In turn, this can help patients feel less stressed and anxious about their upcoming visit and can relieve a lot of the “fear of the unknown” that often adds to treatment worries. This is especially useful for patients who will be doing an extended inpatient stay.
We’re proud to help hospitals improve the patient experience through virtual reality. If your medical facility would like to make your own virtual tour, we invite you to reach out and learn more about how it works. Together, we can provide your patients with a less scary, more comfortable hospital visit.