Not long ago, VR seemed to be a distant dream, but now virtual reality is leveraged by healthcare professionals for a range of purposes. Also, during the current pandemic, it is used to educate and create awareness among physicians as face-to-face training is not possible.
The Healthcare industry has caught onto the VR hype and is investigating the multiple ways VR could be utilized to improve patient outcomes. For e.g., Novartis has used VR to support researchers to improve the molecular makeup of medicine by enabling them to view these models at a larger size and in a natural 3D view. At the same time, Pfizer is using virtual reality to let researchers visualize and explore virtually the human body at the molecular level. While a new study is exploring how virtual reality could be applied to analyze drug candidates for the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind COVID-19.
Earlier in 2020, Virti and VR HCP training platform won and received funding from NHSX’s TechForce19 challenge, which searches tools to assist with the COVID-19 challenge. Virti has been used by healthcare providers to create simulations to train hospital staff in important skills like navigating unfamiliar wards, donning and doffing PPE, and using ventilators.