Longevity Network
  • Mar 18, 2018
  • Hilary Lefebvre, The Longevity Network

Q: How can VR devices like the Oculus Rift be used in healthcare?

Virtual reality systems are just starting to be used in healthcare, but patients and providers are already seeing results. In a hospital setting, VR can be used to figuratively get patients out of their hospitals beds and ease the boredom and anxiety that some patients can experience. VR can even provide pain relief, for example successful VR experiences have been created that let viewers walk through a world of ice or snow for burn victims.

VR can also be used as part of the treatment plan for patients with Alzheimer’s. Efforts like The Wayback project are recreating life experiences older adults may have had to help them connect to their past. Sometimes even walking through a calm environment, like a sunny meadow, can help calm agitated dementia patients.

These are just a few examples of the ways VR is being used in healthcare, but the industry is really just beginning to explore the possibilities.