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Metaverse and virtual reality are gaining a foothold in healthcare

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They are “the next horizon” in healthcare, says Accenture Digital Health Technology Vision 2022 report.

July 1, 2022 – Nathan Eddy

More than eight in 10 healthcare executives expect the metaverse to have a positive impact on the healthcare industry, according to a report from Accenture.
 
The Accenture Digital Health Technology Vision 2022 report called the metaverse “the next horizon” in healthcare, where surgical teams can learn new procedures without having to be physically in the same operating room.
 
Another application could be found in secure authentication, for example, a traveling patient being able to securely provide their medical information to a caregiver without having to authenticate with a physician.
 
“In healthcare, today’s biggest opportunity is capitalizing on the potential of the space in between the real and fully virtual worlds,” Kaveh Safavi, a senior managing director in Accenture Health, told Healthcare Finance News.
 
He added it’s helpful to think about augmented reality and its ability to layer digital information on top of clinicians’ real-world experience – or augmenting medical students’ training with more effective hands-on learning. 

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