The currently available VR technologies allow us to build engaging virtual worlds, but the next step for many is the creation of human characters with artificial intelligence to populate these worlds. By allowing patients to interact with AI humans in a virtual environment, it could make a number of these clinical therapies more seamless, with less need for human intervention at every turn.

We will also see more immersive training options for young doctors, such as virtually rendered operating rooms running different simulations of real-life scenarios. This will allow them to enhance their surgical skills and improve their decision making as they react to and manage situations akin to those they will face when treating real patients.

And in addition to training and treatment, virtual modeling of organs and human anatomy will soon become the norm for diagnostic medicine. Doctors and surgeons will be able to research and review virtual representations of a specific part of the human body prior to treatment in order to increase their own understanding and decrease complications.

With all of this taken into consideration, it’s easy to see why so many are excited about Virtual Reality for healthcare.
by Yariv Levski