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“Virtual reality will become an important technology. I’m pretty sure of that.” – Mark Zuckerberg

Virtual reality (VR) is a computer-generated digital environment where scenes and objects appear to be real and are experienced using a device known as a VR helmet/headset. VR creates a unique sensory experience for the user, including sight, touch, hearing, smell and even taste. However, this environment is artificially created with images and sounds.

Medicine, education, architecture and culture are some of the fields that have greatly benefited from this technology. From guided museum visits to learning the nuances of heart surgery, VR allows us to cross boundaries previously thought impossible.

The use of VR is widespread in various aspects of healthcare, such as medical education, diagnostics, surgery and fitness. The pandemic has led to increased budget constraints and standardization, and VR has become a new modeling method.

Growth of the Indian Medical Devices Sector

India is currently the 4th largest medical device market in Asia and is among the top 20 medical device markets globally.

The medical device industry in India consists of large multinational companies as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The growth of this sector has been significant and the current market size is approximately $11 billion and is expected to reach $50 billion by 2025.

The Government of India has taken encouraging steps to ensure the growth of a thriving medical device manufacturing hub in India.

Simulation training in health care

The healthcare industry is transforming every day at a relentless pace, and adapting to these changes is key. Mechanical learning must give way to practical and more clinically relevant learning. Simulation-based learning plays an important role in providing problem-based learning, experiential learning and communication skills. Simulation creates situations that replicate everyday life and allows the learner to behave as he/she would in real life. Simulation also proves to be more effective than traditional health education methods.

Consider a scenario where a patient is brought to a hospital emergency room for surgery. Using VR technology, the learner can be in a virtual emergency room. This virtual environment created for the learner can allow him to interact with the patient and doctor as in a real situation. They can learn what it takes to take a medical history, examine, diagnose, and treat a patient. This environment sharpens decision-making, critical thinking, and clinical reasoning.

VR has made an evolutionary breakthrough from a global perspective. People from all over the world have equal access to quality medical training, which dramatically reduces costs.

A doctor in New York can examine a virtual patient under the guidance of a professor from Oxford and the assistance of a nurse in India.

Virtual reality is clearly a technology of the future that is set to revolutionize global medical education as it provides an alternative to traditional classroom learning, encouraging students to practice and learn from their mistakes, and to focus on core areas of competence.

The author is the co-founder and CEO of MedisimVR

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