Don’t look now, but virtual reality has set its sights on healthcare

Virtual reality is the talk of techies all over the world. But will VR find its way into healthcare on anything approaching a meaningful scale?

It’s still too soon to tell. However, one analyst projects it will be close to a $4 billion business by 2020. And one enthusiast has an idea why.

“Medical VR training can ensure that healthcare professionals are aware of proper procedures and protocols, can allow them to practice those procedures without harming others, and can inform those workers what the consequences of bad practices could be,” Ryan McMahan, PhD, an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Texas at Dallas, tells Healthline. “Altogether, these aspects should ensure that healthcare workers are better prepared for their jobs and ultimately provide better patient care.”

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