Virtual reality in Relation to Healthcare

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The quality of work in Singapore’s video production is top notch and commendable in where we can say that is world class. Video production is the process wherein videos created capturing moving images and creating concepts, combinations and reductions of parts of this video in production. The captured video will be save/recorded on SD cards unlike before where videos are being captured on video tape, hard disk, or solid state storage. Now these videos are distributed digitally in formats such as the Moving Picture Experts Group (.mpeg, .mpg, .mp4), QuickTime (.mov), Audio Video Interleave (.avi), Windows Media Video (.wmv), and DivX (.avi, divX).  It is the same as filmmaking, but with the images/pictures recorded digitally instead of on film stock. Video production’s is being used in our daily lives like corporate videos where it is being used in companies and schools. Another one is television broadcast wherein we see it in our TV screens.

Singapore’s virtual reality (VR) a computer technology wherein multi-projected environments or sometimes in combination with physical environments to produce realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulates the user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment.  It also refers to remote communication environments which provide a virtual presence of users through telepresence and telexistence or the use of a virtual artifact. This immersive environment can almost be similar to the real word in order to create a lifelike experience.

Today, Virtual reality is much more than just a new form of entertainment it also increasingly being used in a wide range of medical applications and improving healthcare in ways where we can’t even imagine.  One example of this is pain management where virtual reality can help relieve the pain. The parts of the brain that are linked to pain are less active when a patient is immersed in virtual reality. In some situations, it can even help people tolerate medical procedures that are usually painful.

Another contribution of virtual reality with the healthcare field is physical therapy. Virtual reality is used to track body movements, allowing patients to use the movements of their therapy exercises as interactions in a VR game. An example of this is a patient needs to lift an arm above their head in order to catch a virtual ball. It is also more fun doing exercises in virtual reality rather than in the gym. The virtual environment can be controlled so that it looks as though they are moving slower than they actually are. Doing this, naturally speed up their walking without the patient realizing it is being done so pain is not associated.

Virtual reality is a perfect therapy for phobias. The virtual environment can adjusted precisely for the needs of each patient, and can be done in the doctor’s office or even at home. It is being used to treat phobias such as fear of heights and fears of spiders and helps people recover from post-traumatic stress disorder. Also, patients that are undergoing cognitive rehabilitation can speed up their recovery and help regain a higher level of cognitive function.

Of course, virtual reality is not just for patients but also for healthcare professionals. Doctors and nurses trainings are conducted in an increasingly manner like operations, infection control and etc. The technology today has made a large impact in every aspect of a human’s daily lives and is rapidly growing so expect that technology will take over more that you can ever imagine in the next years