The metaverse in medicine – TimesNext

Since its creation, Metaverse has been such a buzzword. From games to movies, everyone is advancing in the Meta race. So why should the most important area of ​​medicine be left out?

Medicine and health care have often been an uncharted field. It was only in the era of covid that we realized the immense potential of the field and the possible areas of exploration.

Some breakthrough implementations of AI and technology in medicine were telemedicine and AI-based modeling for covid vaccine development. [1]

And all these inventions did one thing for sure. He propelled an endless race of inventions with ever-changing mediums.

And what is the medium now?

After technology and AI, what else can be on the list?

None other than Metaverse?

How will Metaverse work in medicine?

I know you must be wondering how something as complicated and technical as Metaverse will ever roll out smoothly in the medical field. Are not you?

Well, something seemingly complicated, because Metaverse is all set to make the healthcare industry smooth and hassle-free.

How?

This will be done through a strong convergence of three technology trends – augmented reality, virtual reality and AI coupled with smart cloud and quantum computing.

Let’s see what some key components are:

Most important in healthcare is improved data management across multiple operations.

Now this critical and complicated through Metaverse by improving,

a. INinteroperability.

Asset classes like Avatar, 3D models, and spatial environments in the area can work together – making seamless porting of sensitive data across different platforms a possible task. [2]

Now that we are done with data processing, the next most important task is to bring healthcare providers and consumers together.

But wait! Wasn’t that what Telemedicine did?

Yes, almost. But was the experience immersive?

Good! Here, through Metaverse, it does.

We connect through gamification, after all!

b. Gamification!!!

Yeah, I know, something that was considered limited only to friends, fun and fitness apps. It now has the potential to revolutionize the relationship between healthcare providers and consumers.

So, when it comes to health care, augmented with virtual reality, it can expand through virtual instruction and smarter training. That too, thanks to body-sensitive VR guards! [3]

It is indeed revolutionary!

So what will be the breakthroughs?

Here are some breakthroughs. Starting with the one that received the most light during covid 19.

But that was the basic version of telemedicine. Here, thanks to Metaverse, we have an immersive experience. So let’s talk about it

A. Advanced telemedicine

As we move into a more digitized world, how can we not expect health care to keep pace with demands?

And beware, digitization is not just a marketing tool for healthcare, but an indispensable invention to ensure uniform accessibility in the pool of medical knowledge.

Thus, an immersive digital landscape allows healthcare professionals to collaborate and share their expertise with practitioners or patients.

All through the ease of your fingers!

Yes, around 75% of healthcare companies in countries like the United States have already planned to move to digitized healthcare modes. This has created massive exploration in the field. [4]

One-click access to patient reports via IoT and body detection via virtual reality is just the start. There is much more to explore in advanced telemedicine.

Now that we are talking about patient convenience and accessibility, let’s not miss a major revolution in the field either,

B. Robotic prototype

The first time a telerobotic prototype was experienced was in fake space. The experiment included a mobile robot with a camera system that returned stereoscopic images in real time.

And from there, the healthcare industry was pretty quick to roll out this technique in healthcare and use it for screening purposes.

I know this may sound like a sci-fi movie. But hold your horses!

A company called Endiatax created a tiny robotic drone that could be swallowed by human patients and flown inside the stomach and other parts of the digestive tract.

What does it do?

Good! Something even x-rays and scanners can’t do!

This little robot sends real-time video of what’s going on inside your body to a doctor’s computer or phone via Metaverse. [5]

Before doubting that it works, yes, it works!

They performed the tests on living humans.

And now that we are talking about precision in detection and treatment, how can we omit the most important invention!

C. Digital twins

So what is this cool sounding word?

It is a virtual world or simulation that uses real world data to generate more information about its real world counterpart. [6]

But, how does this help health care?

It helps through the same principle on which it is based. Here, the simulation will be based on the human body – through proper analysis of how the body behaves regarding different activities and drugs.

Does that sound revolutionary to you?

Yes, it has the solution to all your health problems. And saves a lot of time you spend on the internet researching possible side effects of exercises and medications.

Everyone’s body is different, after all! How can a simple set of data collected through AI govern what you consume or do?

The digital twin is therefore a breakthrough in the field of personalized food and medicine. Allowing you to choose what you consume based on what your body can ingest. [7]

So what are the main applications?

You would be happy to know that Digital Twin can be applied in the fields that are in demand these days – gene editing and gene therapy.

How?

Simple. Ever since we heard of gene editing as a concept, it has been controversial. Most of our fears come from the fact that the editing has some errors. And these errors, after a few years, are greatly amplified in the human body.

But Digital Twin is here to answer all your doubts and fears. So what if someone travels inside your body and tells you in advance how a gene-editing process might affect your body?

Wouldn’t you be more careful with the process! And the best part is that it will allow doctors to tailor the treatment based on your body type.

Such a breakthrough in the field of personalized medicine!

I know, but personalized treatments come with a lot of data.

We manage Big Data in all the breakthroughs we’ve talked about here. So shouldn’t we need a Metaverse system that also fixes this problem?

Good! At your disposal,

Here is

D. Blockchain

With so much of our data accessible to healthcare professionals and fellowships, we need to take control of it.

Blockchain has always been a one-stop solution to all of our privacy issues. Whether in finance, trade, banking, investment, etc.

So, how not to help the field of health thanks to its advances!

Patient data can be decentralized through advanced Blockchain technology, making it accessible only to doctors when needed. This can go a long way to preventing personal data intrusions and helping businesses comply with regulations. [8]

A glimpse of the future.

As healthcare evolves and moves into Metaverse to up the game, the key is effective collaboration between healthcare professionals and patients.

Making it patient-centric will take a lot of effort but will pay off in the long run, because that’s what Metaverse in Medicine is all about!

Making medicine an affordable experience. To ensure that advancements like Metaverse not only benefit one part of society, but go a long way towards democratizing much-needed accessibility.

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