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VR and XR in EU Healthcare

Daniel Morgenstern
November 30, 2023

Today, let’s explore how Virtual Reality (VR) and Extended Reality (XR) are not just futuristic concepts but real solutions helping to reshape healthcare across Europe.

In Sweden, we’re feeling the pinch with our healthcare system facing financial challenges and staff shortages. Yet, there’s a silver lining: VR and XR technologies are offering a beacon of hope.

For instance, in Belgium, a startup is creating XR experiences to simplify the lives of both patients and medical staff. They’re part of why healthcare is one of the top-funded sectors in Europe. Goldman Sachs even predicts VR in healthcare could hit $5.1 billion by 2025.

Imagine a pregnant woman taking a virtual tour of the hospital’s maternity ward before she goes into labor, easing her anxiety. This is already happening in Belgium, where a company created a solution that guides expectant mothers through the ER and fertility department in VR.

In France, the Followknee project uses mixed reality to help patients understand their prosthetic implant surgery and follow-up care, making a usually stressful experience a bit more comforting.

And it’s not just patients who benefit. A Swedish company develops VR tools for training in surgeries like laparoscopy and endoscopy. Doctors can practice intricate procedures without the risk of real-life complications.

We can take inspiration from these examples to bolster our own healthcare system. By investing in XR/VR, we can provide on-demand training for our medical professionals, helping them to keep up with the latest techniques while saving costs.

This is our call to action. Let’s harness these technologies to provide better healthcare, more efficiently, and at a lower cost. It’s time to turn the tide on the challenges we face and lead the way to a healthier, more sustainable future.

About the author

Business Architect | Sweden
I have broad experience and knowledge in digitization, business development, business architecture, solution architecture, IT administration/management and logistics. With a strong focus on value-creating digitization, and with an interest in AI, VR/XR, innovation and information security.


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