The View Verticals: Education

The View Verticals: EducationArticle

Over the past decade, the adoption of Virtual Reality (VR) technology has been mostly linked to the gaming industry. Therefore, the main personality type targeted by creators and developers was that of gamers. The gaming community consists of people who invest considerable resources and time into expensive gear in order to immerse themselves deeper into their gaming experiences. This norm is changing. Accessibility to this technology is increasing and the public has wider access to cheaper VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2 than ever before. This affords an opportunity to expand the possible applications of VR technology way beyond the purpose of gaming.

One industry that is being positively affected by this technology is education. Particularly medical education, which is being revolutionized. In fact, VR is not only being adopted for medical treatment - especially so in the field of mental health - it is also being used to train the future medical workforce. Imagine being a surgeon and performing your first open lungs surgery with the confidence of having gone through the procedure a 100 times before in a safe, simulated environment. An environment that replicates the real-life situation, all without the terrifying real-life consequences of making a mistake.

With VR medical education, your experience might be like that of a pilot, meaning that you’d have hundreds or even thousands of hours in simulated training under your belt before ever picking up a scalpel. You could gain much more experience much quicker, giving you the knowledge of seasoned surgeons in half the time it would normally take. All these benefits are compounded by the minimization of real-life risk that this would bring to the operating room.

Immersive medical training programs in VR will reduce the costs of training by avoiding requirements like lengthy and costly preparations, equipment, and required personnel. Moreover, the experience could be catered and customized to the needs of the user. The opportunities for remote learning with VR are also worth taking note of. Through VR and online learning settings, medical students can engage with each other and work together on real-life scenarios in real-time as if they were in the same room, even though they might be oceans apart.

At The View, we aim to tackle the education vertical from a variety of angles because education itself consists of different topics and subjects that will need a range of approaches. Medical training is probably a venture we would tackle in the longer term, nonetheless, it is important to know the potential that VR technology represents when applied to medical education and the improvements that it could bring to the global health industry in the near future.

The medical industry is finding its way into VR by leveraging its potential for efficient and effective immersive learning, as well as scenario-based learning. Although more research is required to establish the best use cases for VR in healthcare, it is already clear that this technology will play a major role in the future development of medical education.

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