By Aaron Burch; July 29, 2016

We’re all aware that the potential applications of Virtual Reality span far beyond the world of gaming. There are potential applications in entertainment, sports, business and even in healthcare. Healthcare is one industry in particular that stands to really benefit from the utilization of VR technology. Imagine being able to get a consultation from any doctor across the globe. To take that thought further, imagine having a doctor in one country perform surgery in another country through the use of Virtual Reality; the possible applications of VR in the healthcare industry are truly limitless and have the potential to be more life changing than any other VR innovations. Healthcare is not one of the flashier industries for VR right now, as a result there are not nearly as many companies nor as much interest compared to those working on VR gaming; but the companies who are working in this space are doing great things and have real potential to alter the healthcare industry.

ImmersiveTouch is working on creating simulation based surgical training and exploration. They accomplish this through the use of their simulators which immerse the person in a digitally replicated operating environment. The simulators used by ImmersiveTouch are kind of unique in look and have a lot of components to them including: two handed instrument replicas, surgery specific foot pedals, ultrasound guidance, endoscopic views and more. This looks sophisticated and like it would be really beneficial to use; and a tool like this gives surgeons the opportunity to learn something new without the risk of being in a live operating room.

Dwight Mann