What do we know about immersive healthcare’s positives and negatives today? What are the least understood aspects of immersive healthcare? What do we need to care about?
Here are some of the main ideas and insights discussed during the "panel":
- The use of immersive healthcare technology has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it's important to balance the benefits with potential risks and ethical considerations.
- The panel discussed various examples of how immersive technology is currently being used in healthcare, including for pain management, mental health treatment, surgical training, and patient education.
- There was a consensus that data privacy and security are crucial when using immersive healthcare technology, and that it's important to develop ethical guidelines and standards for their use.
- The speakers discussed the potential of immersive technology to improve healthcare access and reduce healthcare disparities, particularly in remote or underserved areas.
- The panelists emphasized the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in developing and implementing immersive healthcare technology, including involving healthcare professionals, technology experts, and patients.
- They also discussed the potential for immersive technology to improve medical education and training, particularly by providing realistic and safe simulation environments.
- Overall, the panel emphasized that while immersive technology has tremendous potential in healthcare, it's important to approach it thoughtfully and ethically, with a focus on patient safety, privacy, and equity.
The panel consisted of four speakers, including Amira Abdullah AlBusadi, Franziska-Juliette Klebôn, Dr. Sana Farid, and Dr. Sage Wexner (moderator). They discussed the good, bad, ugly, and unknown aspects of immersive healthcare in the Metaverse Safety Week.
Amira Abdullah AlBusadi shared her experience of founding an innovation-based startup that introduced VR into healthcare and the challenges she faced while developing the VR industry in Oman. Franziska-Juliette Klebôn talked about her passion for digital technology trends, including AI, Analytics, Cloud Computing, Digital Assets, and Blockchain, and how businesses can reduce risks and improve their value propositions through innovative ways of thinking. Dr. Sana Farid discussed how she pioneered the establishment of Immersive Technology-based programs for the Healthcare, Education, and Government sectors and her views on the ethical and privacy concerns of immersive healthcare. Dr. Sage Wexner moderated the panel, bringing his 21+ years of experience in emergency medicine and nursing to guide the discussion.
The panel recommended that immersive healthcare should be used to enhance traditional healthcare, rather than replace it, and that the privacy and ethical concerns of using immersive healthcare technologies should be addressed. They also highlighted the potential benefits of immersive healthcare, such as enhanced patient engagement, improved healthcare outcomes, and reduced healthcare costs. The panel emphasized the need for collaboration between different sectors, including healthcare, technology, and academia, to drive innovation and development in immersive healthcare.