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Is VR the next big thing?

Traditional medtech is starting to lose its space in the medical field with all the technology advancements being recently made, and they need to keep up by either being a better partner to hospitals, as they strive to improve hospital efficiency, or by embracing the latest cutting-edge technology.

Some companies are already acting on the market with a lot of different devices that help surgeons to architect their operating room.

The main goal of VR is to ensure that surgeons get a chance to make sure the design of the operating room is able to receive equipment and patients in and out of surgery on time and with successful results, and therefore create a new language for all clinicians to be able to speak with actual architects.

If you are a surgeon reading this article, let us tell you something: stop trying to use computer rendering to explain how you want your operating room to look like. We know that most people in the healthcare system are eager to take a look at how different ways of designing an operating room might help you achieve success or even to reduce both inefficiencies and costs, but with the introduction of VR technology, the guesswork of what goes well here and there is practically over.

According to Global Industry Analysts, the worldwide market for VR in medicine will reach $3.8 billion by 2020. There are already programs running, like at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where surgeons are experimenting with VR headsets inside the operating room to treat patients, or a program called Bravemind, run out of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, which uses virtual reality to treat soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Having the opportunity to plan the physical layout of operating rooms in VR beforehand translates into a better patient experience as well, and for any further matters, because in truth, there are still many different variables governing surgery schedules and surgeries themselves, systems like PeekMed could be extremely helpful in reducing up to 20% of surgery time. This powerful 3D pre-operative planning system allows an orthopedic surgeon to completely anticipate the surgery and predict some post-surgical complications. PeekMed’s innovative software eliminates current 2D limitations for orthopedic surgeons that do not allow a full preview of a surgery.

If you take out the guesswork of a surgeon’s surgery planning, there is a big potential for hospitals to save millions of dollars, which could indirectly improve clinical outcomes for patients making their way through the operating room.


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