The Metaverse According to recent reports, the domain of the Internet, where users are immersed in an interactive digital environment, has great potential to disrupt traditional healthcare delivery in the long run. report from Accenture..
In the report, Accenture surveyed 391 healthcare executives in 10 countries. More than 80% of them said they believe that the Metaverse has a positive effect on the healthcare industry.
According to Kaveh Safavi, Managing Director of Accenture Health, Metaverse has two main functions. The first is the “Internet of Place”. This refers to the space in the metaverse that virtually moves the user to almost any world they can imagine. Safavi said this could make it easier for people to interact with remote clinicians, colleagues and businesses.
The second is Web3 or the “Internet of Ownership”. Web3 is an evolved term used to describe building a distributed data layer on the Internet using technologies such as blockchain and tokenization to enable Metaverse users to own and validate data. is. According to Safavi, healthcare organizations can move some of their work to the Metaverse and maintain their own internal virtual environment. This allows employees to work from anywhere and collaborate on authenticateable data.
“The greatest value of the Metaverse in healthcare depends on how the” Internet of Places “and the” Internet of Ownership “converge to each other,” said Safari. “The combination of the two has the power to eliminate the distrust, friction and fragmentation experienced by patients and healthcare professionals as they traverse platforms, care and work environments.”
Safavi said he doesn’t know when the future he described will be real, but there is a practical way to predict that providers will adopt the Metaverse. For example, if a doctor notices that one of the patients is slowly recovering from basic laparoscopic surgery, the doctor may be interested in the Metaverse and see the patient’s previous abdominal surgery. increase. Doctors can show the patient a video when explaining that the slow healing time is the result of scar tissue formed during the previous surgery.
Patients can also continue to heal with the Metaverse after discharge. For example, a physiotherapist can demonstrate exercise in an immersive environment, such as a beach-simulating environment. You can also fast forward to the future and show the patient how it will move in 6 weeks.
If a healthcare company or healthcare system wants to dive into the metaverse, Safari must ensure that it has the underlying social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies to build a complete and interactive digital healthcare ecosystem. Said. He also pointed out that they need to have the correct data.
“This isn’t just EMR data,” he said. “This is the full range of data that represents people, things, and activities. Unfortunately, many healthcare organizations have no way to collect data about people or processes.”
Safavi acknowledged that the exciting healthcare metaverse application detailed in the report is unlikely to emerge soon. Rock health report I said the same thing. Although the integration of Metaverse into healthcare will take some time, health care leaders have played long games and have begun investing in Metaverse technology. Investors poured $ 198 million into US startups in 2021 using health care virtual reality or augmented reality. 2020.
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