There are two factors driving the growth of remote healthcare technology. First, wealthy countries around the world are rapidly becoming older. Japan and Italy already have large populations over the age of 60. One estimate projects that 40% of the Japanese population will be over 65 by 2050. These older populations tend to require more health care. Second, societies are struggling to pay for increased health care costs. To cope with those realities, remote health care technologies are becoming more popular.
There are a few critical devices that enable remote healthcare virtual reality. There are two broad ways to approach health care VR hardware. First, you can use existing VR hardware from the marketplace (e.g. Oculus Go). Second, you can create a customized healthcare VR device. In terms of mass-market adoption, off-the-shelf VR devices are likely to become the most popular solution.
Let’s take a closer look at a few of the hardware components inside VR headsets.
These are just some of the hardware devices that go into a remote healthcare VR system. The next generation of healthcare VR may enable more diagnostic activities. Instead of asking patients to sit in a waiting room for hours, their vital signs can be read remotely. That saves time for the healthcare system and makes life more convenient for banks.
Now that we understand the hardware components in health care virtual reality, let’s take a closer look at how it is used.
As virtual reality systems improve, the above benefits will improve. In addition to technology, there are other issues to consider. How insurance providers will treat remote health care is a critical issue to solve. If doctors are incentivized to focus on traditional patient care, remote health care will struggle to achieve mass adoption. However, increasing usage of VR technology for entertainment means social acceptance of VR in healthcare is likely to go up over time.
Aside from virtual reality, there is one other hardware trend coming to healthcare. We’re excited about health care robotics. These devices can carry and assist patients so they do not fall. Preventing falls will only become more critical as the population continues to age.