Tech Trend: Augmented and virtual reality in healthcare

VR Healthcare

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While AR and VR tech got its start in games, it’s now being used in sectors such as military, real estate, marketing, and education. Now healthcare is the latest sector to look at AR and VR for solutions.

Several companies in Fast Future country have already started using AR and VR to address health issues.

Kentucky-based BehaVR has cultivated a community with the country’s leading researchers, advocates, and clinical domain experts to develop health solutions for pain management, stress reduction, and addiction recovery. You can read about some of the tools it is developing here.

A couple of weeks ago, Akron-based Immersive Cure, a VR therapy company that creates virtual experiences to help reduce patient pain, stress, and anxiety, was acquired by MyndVR.

Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic partnered to develop an innovation center, called the Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box], around the use of Microsoft’s AR headset HoloLens. Its usage allows medical students to see the body and its organs from every angle.

A report from discusses the current market development around VR in healthcare and the outlook for its growth to 2027.