Experts agree that the future of healthcare technology will be based on machine learning, artificial intelligence (AI), cloud technologies applied to clinical, work and financial processes will have a better and richer incorporation into the industry. Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are also two disciplines that are greatly benefiting the field of training in these sectors.
But to get there, health executives need to be building the cultural bases for the technological changes that are coming in the next decade.
However, it seems clear that investments in technologies, such as RV, are the clearest route to affordable, accessible and equitable health care in the future.
Workflow that mimics consumer technology
When millennials go to work in a hospital, we ask doctors, nurses, and health care teams to go back 20 years and use landlines, fax machines, pagers, and phone calls, all of which diminish and add complexity to our millennia-old workforce.
What will really be needed in the future are not only technological advances, but also advances in creative thinking and the ability of leaders to think differently when they redevelop their processes to harness the power of technologies.
Virtual Content Helps Students to Visualize
It can often be difficult for teachers to encourage students to participate in a topic that can be hard to visualize. For example, trying to explain how the solar system works to a group of cranky third graders.
Now imagine instead of describing how the planets gravitate around the sun, you asked students to put on their headsets and drop them into the atmosphere. By integrating virtual reality apps into the classroom, students will be able to visualize the entire solar system right before their eyes and are far more likely to take leadership in their learning.
Students can hold Mars right on top of their palms. They can watch virtual 360° videos to explore the surface of Mars and to learn about its history and environment. Ultimately immersive education improves the learning process by helping students visualize the content in a whole new way.
Increase classroom collaboration
Educational VR also presents an opportunity for increased collaboration between peers.
An article written by OpenCollege cited virtual simulation to increase motivation and collaboration while reducing embarrassment in social interactions for students. In the same article, OpenCollege touched upon the benefits of VR for distance learners. Imagine a world where you have the brightest students from across the world join your weekly lectures without having to face the burdens of immigration, travel and rent costs.
Virtual reality in the classroom will ultimately allow students to share their ideas with speed and accuracy unseen before VR.
At the same time, reforms in undergraduate and postgraduate education, combined with political and societal pressures, have promoted a safety-conscious culture where simulation provides a means of risk-free learning in complex, critical or rare situations.
Medical simulations will become a more digital and international knowledge. VR holds high potential for students. It will open up opportunities and will improve overall collaboration and performance.
VR will not completely replace field trips, labs and traditional lectures. Instead, it will give both students and teachers a new tool to increase mutual understanding.