Virtual Reality

Glossary

Alleviate: Patients at a hospital are always so worried about their medical conditions, but with virtual reality, they have a way to escape that feeling

Investments: Many hospitals spend money and hope for the best outcome on different technology systems but found that virtual reality was the most promising application

Boundless Potential: Virtual reality has been promised to grow with no limitations of advancement and it will keep improving

Leeway: New medical professions feel that virtual reality is creating a way of freedom and space, because they don't have to worry about hurting the patients

Complex: There are so many different parts to virtual reality and it is improving everyday

Advanced: Doctors have been investing lots of money towards applications for medical use, but only virtual reality was found to be the one that was most promising to move forward and help new medical professions with their performance

How does virtual reality help patients in a hospital environment?

Virtual reality helps patients escape the depressing environment of the hospital by allowing them to go into a virtual world where they are able to pretend they’re somewhere else. VR (virtual reality) is a piece of wearable technology that a person may use for entertainment, but now it doesn’t just exist for entertainment, VR is very helpful for the medical world. According to the article, “Virtual reality aims to transport lonely patients out of the hospital bed,” VR isn’t used just for entertainment, it is also to help with recovery and pain management within the medical field. For example, just tuning background noise out, a patient may can choose your own scenery and relax vicariously. VR is a very useful method to help prevent patients from falling into depression, because of the loneliness they have to stand being inside of a hospital after a surgery or just trying to manage your health. According to the article, "Fully Immersive Virtual reality to Drive the Growth for Immersion Therapy Areas Such as Depression and Phobia,” VR therapy was found to be just as effective as the medication a patient diagnosed with depression has to consume. Although virtual reality may lack of data for psychological disorders, it is very complex and will improve very quickly. Not only is the VR beneficial to patients, but it is also beneficial to medical professions.

Will Virtual Reality help upcoming doctors perform better?

Virtual reality helps new medical professions become more advanced in their field, because they are able to practice on the computer before entering an OR (operation room). According to “Virtual Reality Will Change How Doctors Perform Surgery,” these virtual simulators gives feedback on how a surgery went. Whether they got a good score or not, medical professions are able to go back and change what they did. An example of an operation needed to be used to train someone would be the heart, because the heart has strings called the “heart strings” also known as coronary veins. Damaging these veins could result in heart failure, but being trained on the virtual simulator a student can learn to be more cautious to avoid real life heart failures. Virtual reality was found to be one of the most promising technologies, because medical professions are making errors instead of errors on an actual patient. By visualizing the situation, you will already have experienced the surgery beforehand, decreasing the risk of patients. According to "Fully Immersive Virtual reality to Drive the Growth for Immersion Therapy Areas Such as Depression and Phobia,” the author uses the word “leeway,” which also means more movement or freedom. The author used this word to show that students feel more free when they are using virtual reality, because they are not going to have someone's life in their hands. When using the VR students are able to do things freely without having to worry about patients getting hurt, so they can experiment whatever they want. If virtual reality becomes more widely used in hospitals then that could allow for the simulators to become more complex.

Does virtual reality collect data?

Virtual reality struggles with recording psychological data, but it is bound to become more complex. According to the article, “Fully Immersive Virtual reality to Drive the Growth for Immersion Therapy Areas Such as Depression and Phobia,” it states that these softwares are bound to become more complex so that so that medical professions have more to watch out for creating less dangers to patients. An example of this would be referring back to the last paragraph, where virtual reality is very useful for professions to practice before entering an OR (operation room). Technology as we know is a very fast growing piece of metals and as for virtual reality it will become very advanced as soon as humans find imperfections about it. According the the article “Virtual Reality Will Change How Doctors Perform Surgery,” the author states that virtual reality will soar far beyond any other technology because of its “boundless potential”. He does this by stating “...that the VR technology could be a firm stepping stone for the greater leap of mankind in every aspect of our lives, VR technology’s boundless potential…”. By using the word potential it helps the reader understand that in the future there is a possible chance that VR would become a strong part of the medical world, because of the advancement it can do. VR may not collect data right now, but it is working on it.

Why did medical professions choose virtual reality out of all technologies?

Virtual reality was said that it has a tremendous potential in the healthcare industry because it’s a lot cheaper than other technological therapy. In the article “Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality Market in Healthcare Poised to Grow $2.54 Billion by 2020,” the author uses the word investment to show that VR is not something that you just waste your money on. It is something that is worth putting effort, money, and time into for a beneficial outcome. Medical professions believe that VR will help them tremendously with their performance in an OR. Virtual reality has a major effect on medical training because traditional methods could teach you 20%, but a VR application can teach you 80% in one lesson. According to Kini, a professional doctor at the Miami Children’s, she states, "that this is likely due to the fact that the participants created actual memories of performing the tasks” Our brain’s way of remembering is by repetition. The more these medical professions practice through virtual reality, the more it sticks onto their brain.

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