This week, we pay attention to the use and expanding potential of virtual reality in healthcare; how trust is the real variable for healthcare system improvement; how design thinking can be leveraged to offer solutions to some problems even in healthcare; and to a minute sweat analyser. Sign up for our newsletter on the left. Enjoy:
Medical VR is an area with fascinating possibilities. It has not just moved the imagination of science-fiction fans, but also clinical researchers and real life medical practitioners. Although the field is brand new, there are already great examples of VR having a positive effect on patients’ lives and physicians’ work.
Researchers from the University Hospital of Basel’s Department of Biomedical Engineering have now succeeded in taking two-dimensional cross-sections from computer tomography and converting them for use in a virtual environment. For example, doctors can now use the latest generation of virtual reality glasses to interact in a three-dimensional space with a hip bone that requires surgery, zooming in on the bone, viewing it from any desired angle, adjusting the lighting angle, and switching between the 3D view and regular CT images – offering the doctor a very intuitive way to obtain a visual overview and understand what is possible.
Elsewhere, the Washington Post reports how doctors used VR and a 3-D print model to simulate a surgery to separate conjoined infant twins and ultimately save their lives- see here.
The application of VR in healthcare has potential beyond just training simulation and surgical procedures. This article presents how VR can be applied to aid physicians to experience life as their patients, or making hospitalized children feel like they’re at home.
Researchers from École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and a Swiss company called Xsensio have presented a new sweat sensor capable of detecting a number of useful chemical biomarkers, as well as the sweat’ pH level and temperature of the skin. 10,000 times smaller than the today’s most advanced devices, one will have to simply stretch their minds to understand the potential of this technological development!
The healthcare industry is facing real challenges and is in need of some real solutions. This dated article looks to game theory to help us understand one of the underlying impediments to healthcare system improvement. In summary, it all comes to trust…
In a world of great technological advances, one is tempted to seek improvement of patient experiences by adopting better technology or by deploying some other clinical solution. Recalling that healthcare is about restoring wholesomeness to the person and not only about attacking a disease, this article describes how non-clinical aspects can be leveraged to improve patient experiences – by employing “design thinking.” A short treatise of design thinking is found here
Feel free to contact the Spinecloud team to discover how design thinking was used in the development of the proprietary Spine Care Pathway.