06 Feb 2017 - Dr. Keith Grimes led our 2-hour master class into the potential of virtual reality and the obstacles of introducing it to clinicians and the NHS.
We explored the use of VR in pain management and how we are able to use it for acute pain, as the technology is able to minimize it. We were reminded of Dr. Brennan M. Spiegel, one of the pioneers in the field who does research into the therapeutic value of virtual reality for patients. Dr. Grimes went beyond to talk about incision and drainage, joint injections and blood testing. VR is increasingly being explored as novel therapeutic modality and in phantom limb pain. Did you know that 83% suffer post-operation delirium? We found out how VR could help with ICU PSTD.
Of course, there are limitations to any technology. VR carries risks such as nausea, falls, simulation sickness as well as the accessibility and costs associated with the technology. Questions for Keith included:
For stress - how do you introduce VR?
How will VR find a place in the NHS?
How do we operationalize VR in healthcare?
We were more than happy to welcome Alex Smale, co-founder of Tribemix, to speak about the VR in dementia project, where his team goes into care homes to improve the day to day lives of patients suffering from dementia. Questions for Alex included:
What are the outcomes of using VR in care homes?
Are we going to be able to use this VR technology when, and if, younger generations get dementia 50-60 years from now?
Will VR lose its effect, in cases like dementia, over time?
Last but not least, we discussed the future of VR in healthcare. PlayStation is one VR platform, where we can see how consumers bring the technology into their homes. Patients will undoubtedly be a part of this market soon. For clinicians, consulting will happen through VR/AR/MR and the consulting environment will constantly change. We will create custom and asynchronous VE and avatars and there will be personalized presentation of multimodal data.
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