The Potential of Virtual Reality in the Health Sector

Healthcare is without doubt one of the areas in which the technology gap has its most serious and inhumane impact. It is precisely the people and countries that have the fewest opportunities that could benefit most from technology and yet, nevertheless, they are the ones with least access to it. Yet ever more social innovators are striving to bring technological healthcare solutions to everybody throughout the entire world. In fact, a brief search of the internet will reveal how examples of the apps and mobile solutions that are revolutionizing access to healthcare have multiplied over recent years. Technology enables the cost of medical attention to be reduced and transforms the way in which it is provided. One of the digital solutions applied most successfully to social innovation in the health sector is unquestionably virtual reality. While it may be true that the best known use of virtual reality is focused on the video game industry, the technology is now being adapted to many other industries and can be offered at a fraction of the original cost. [read more…]

Article written by: Concepción Galdón

Concepción Galdón is Director and Academic Lead of Social Innovation at IE, Concepción focuses on the use of technology in social entrepreneurship, as well as promoting the creation of academic content in the field of Social Innovation for both schools and a number of programs.

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