A Modern Guide to Virtual Reality for Healthcare Providers

Robby Gupta

While the adoption of virtual reality in healthcare is still a debatable issue among industry experts, research and studies suggest that VR is the future of effective healthcare.

This is evident by an analysis of Goldman-Sachs, a leading firm in the area of research & investment, which estimates that the healthcare VR market will touch $5.1 billion by 2025. VR has shown huge potential in shaping modern healthcare by enabling better patient engagement and offering tools that enhance value for both patients and service providers.

The scope of VR in healthcare industry

Virtual reality has a major role to play in the advancement of healthcare education and delivering effective patient engagement.

However, to make VR in healthcare a reality and to facilitate its adoption, there are three questions that need to be factored in.

Is the world ready for VR in healthcare?

As it seems, it certainly is. Patient demographics are dynamic and they expect personalized services from their providers. With this, the patients have become accustomed to digital technology and are impacting the adoption of VR in healthcare.

Studies show that nearly 3 in every 4 patients gave a positive response to the implementation of virtual reality to improve their healthcare experience.

VR has shown significant capabilities in alleviating pain during pregnancy, chemotherapy, radiation, and other several operative procedures.

Following are some reasons that further consolidate readiness of the healthcare sector for virtual reality:

  • ◙ Virtual reality in healthcare has enabled clinicians to personalize experiences and support the patient’s overall engagement journey with them. Patients have responded positively to its adoption as it improves their understanding and helps them manage their medical conditions better.
  • ◙ Patients report that VR technology is improving their overall satisfaction with healthcare providers. After VR therapy, patients concur that their anxiety & stress levels have mitigated and satisfaction with the clinicians has risen up to 30%.
  • ◙ The demographic conditions are changing rapidly. Millennials and seniors both have accepted digital technology. Virtual reality is also helping chronically ill patients who can now engage in a more informed and personalized way with their providers.

Will VR be effective in serving the patients?

VR in healthcare industry serves a higher purpose of offering services that transform patient experience. This transformation will lead to quicker adoption of VR as patients have themselves suggested that it drastically improves their satisfaction with the provider.

  • ◙ VR enables healthcare organizations to provide a better experience, enhance patient understanding, and increase efficiency to deliver value that benefits both the patient and the provider. Virtual reality tools have also played a crucial role in behavioral health therapy.
  • ◙ The scope of VR has extended to support in PTSD and phobic patients by providing them information & instruction before treatment. Analyzing 14 clinical trials has shown that different kinds of phobias can be addressed with the help of VR treatment.
  • ◙ Unknown hospital surroundings can frighten patients with terminal illness or even regular people. VR technology allows the patient to get familiarized with the surroundings and guide them in navigation. It also provides instructions on their treatment reducing anxiety from the actual procedure. This way, the patient can better prepare for the procedure, leading to higher satisfaction.

What measurable results does VR offer to healthcare providers?

Other than reduced costs, better patient engagement, and improved quality of care, VR offers a plethora of benefits to the healthcare sector.

There is some real value to be found once healthcare professionals adopt VR which will smoothen the patient journey.

  • ◙ Healthcare providers have care delivery goals and engagement standards that they need to meet. With the adoption of VR in healthcare industry, it becomes simpler for providers to achieve this goal.  They can now focus on other things like insurance compliance to improve patient satisfaction and deliver quality care.
  • ◙ VR makes the healthcare providers think beyond the usual course of reimbursement and takes them to the path of providing actual value to their patients. An HBR study reveals that early adopters of VR in healthcare have seen growth rates as high as 30%.
  • ◙ Virtual reality in healthcare allows healthcare providers to align with their business goals such as digital transformation for an improved patient experience. VR serves as an effective technology to drive patient engagement in ways which previously went unnoticed by most providers.

Today, VR isn’t a vision of the future; it has brought the future closer to us. Understanding its impact, healthcare providers must adopt it to gain an early advantage that can be capitalized upon highly in the long run.

With VR, patients will be able to build better relationships with their providers and get improved treatment plans with higher satisfaction.

TechJini, a Google certified developer agency, leverages latest technologies such as VR and blockchain to drive an improved patient experience for the healthcare providers.

Having worked with multiple healthcare providers and organizations, the domain experts at TechJini understand the nuances specific to the healthcare sector. Get in touch with one of our experts for a free consultation.

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about the author

Robby Gupta

Robby Gupta is the head of US operations for TechJini, Inc. He has had varied experiences working in New York, Cupertino, and Bangalore with packaged & amp; custom web and mobile app development for an assortment of industries. His current focus is Immersive Technologies, IoT, AI bots and their applications in the digital enterprise.