Aimedis
2 min readDec 6, 2023

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How Can Augmented Reality (AR) Improve Healthcare In The Metaverse?

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AR can advance the quality of healthcare in the metaverse significantly, and it can do this in several different ways. Specifically, AR can improve healthcare in the metaverse through, for example, exposure therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), pain management, remote patient monitoring, medical education, rehabilitation, surgery, and more.

Augmented reality applications are widely available and affordable because they can be used with devices like smartphones and tablets, making them more accessible to people who couldn’t benefit from them otherwise, such as people living in remote or underserved areas or with mobility issues.

The AR treatment is more engaging and effective due to its ability to create immersive, life-like, stimulating, educational, and interactive experiences that help patients better comprehend their health conditions and learn how to manage them positively. For example, it can help patients practice coping skills in real-world situations or provide them with visual feedback on their advancement in therapy.

Since augmented reality can make healthcare more motivating and appealing for patients, it produces increased commitment, stimulation, and adherence. This effect becomes especially valuable for patients with chronic health conditions who may need to partake in healthcare continually. Some chronic patients have difficulty following through with their treatment and medications, so the fact AR can improve their commitment is very beneficial.

Lastly, patients can use augmented reality privately and discreetly, eliminating the need to visit a healthcare facility physically. They provide a secure and confidential space for people to access healthcare without fear of stigma.

In summary, AR is improving healthcare in the metaverse by making it more available, engaging, effective, and encouraging for patients. As it grows and becomes more affordable, we will continue to see the development of other uses and even more ingenious and creative ways to enhance healthcare.

Ana Marques

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