Using Immersive Technology to Educate Home Dialysis Patients
Two years ago Samuel landed in the hospital unexpectedly after his kidneys failed. It was scary for Samuel and his family. Fortunately, he was in good hands with his care team and nephrologist and soon started dialysis treatments at a treatment facility in a nearby town. Samuel has been on hemodialysis ever since, driving 10 miles to the dialysis clinic three times each week. He spends hours there and feels tied down, with little opportunity to travel or relax at home with family and friends. But time isn't his only obstacle to maintaining some sense of normalcy — he just doesn't feel up to doing anything following his treatments.
Recently, a friend at work told Samuel how home dialysis had been the right decision for his wife, so Samuel wanted to learn more and decided to follow up with his doctor. He talked to his nephrologist who then directed him to a number of websites where he could find documents describing the pros and cons of home dialysis. Samuel struggled to fully comprehend how his day-to-day life would be different on home dialysis, but in the end, he decided that he wanted to give it a go. [For a discussion of the problems associated with medical device decisions based solely on documents follow this link.]
How VR Enhances Understanding and Communication Through Shared Experience
Aiko is a 59-year old mother of three. Aiko was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes over a decade ago now, but was hospitalized four years ago when her kidneys “crashed”, landing her in the hospital rather unexpectedly. Though she has been on dialysis ever since that first surprise trip to the hospital, recently she was informed that her long wait for a kidney transplant might finally be over. Aiko is excited about the prospect of having a healthy kidney that will free her from the dialysis regiment that has controlled her life for years, but naturally she is anxious and stressed about the upcoming surgery and its implications for returning to normal life.
Why Virtual Reality is Advantageous for Healthcare Education in Children and Seniors
The United States has a health literacy problem, with 9 of 10 Americans struggling to understand and use health information. But this is not merely a macro health issue: low health literacy costs the U.S. economy up to $238 billion dollars per year.
VR Applications in Patient Education and Healthcare Professional Training
The goal of all hospital administrators and medical personnel is to provide the highest quality of care that results in the best possible health outcomes for their patients. Increasingly, this drive for value also means improving a now-measurable patient experience. Ensuring healthcare providers are highly-trained and competent in all critical aspects of their given domains will surely increase qualitative measures of patient satisfaction, but this is only one part of the equation. Crucially, experience itself centers around a patient’s understanding and familiarization with the upcoming medical treatments and procedures.