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Bio-Metaverse: The Inception of New Digital Healthcare

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Bio-Metaverse: The Inception of New Digital Healthcare

Bio-Metaverse: The Inception of New Digital Healthcare

INTRODUCTION

The next generation of internet-Metaverse is a combination of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and ever-increasing connectivity (like 5G networks) to create a more immersive, experimental, and interactive online worlds. The metaverse originated by converging three major technical trends- Telepresence (allowing the virtual presence of people even if they are physically apart), Digital Twinning, and Blockchain (its ability to let create distributed internet).1 Developing an augmented virtual reality is the main aim of developing Metaverse. The user can stay in their world while also experiencing new things using their devices3.

Bio-metaverse is significantly revolutionizing care and is becoming a critical enabler of change in the healthcare sector. The Covid-19 pandemic had also encouraged health workers and innovators to devise new ways to manage patients outside of the hospitals and remotely2.

Metaverse will benefit healthcare professionals to provide more integrated treatment programs and packages, unhindered by the siloed nature of most of the present healthcare systems.1 Metaverse is a promising technology that will open lucrative opportunities for the healthcare sector. The ability to immediately share information between professionals would allow for quicker identification of the underlying causes of illness. Monitoring patient activity in the metaverse will allow easier tracking of characteristics like compliance, which aids in the diagnosis and treatment of illness.

STRENGTHS and WEAKNESSES OF BIO-METAVERSE

Like most technological breakthroughs, the intended implementation of Bio-Metaverse has both its strengths and weaknesses.

APPLICATIONS OF METAVERSE IN HEALTHCARE

1. Virtual Support Groups

Patients isolated due to rare diseases or those who are immunocompromised can engage and connect via metaverse to attend the virtual support groups where they can share their opinions, experiences, and problems with their peers3. Some patients requiring help may not want to reveal their identity for any reason which makes them vulnerable to social anxiety, feeling embarrassed, or concerned about the stigma of their condition, in such cases, virtual support groups will massively help the patients to be anonymous and participate in the sessions6.

2.  Virtual Hospitals

A virtual hospital can allow doctors and nurses to divide their workload which will decrease patient wait times and increase hospital capacity. This technology can also decrease care costs- patients with minor infections or those who do not require immediate hospitalization can save their money and treatment costs by using virtual hospitals7. Telemedicine is another big benefit of virtual hospitals. Telemedicine will allow patients to access medical consultations from anywhere around the world.

3. Virtual Surgical Planning

In modern surgeries, individual features of the patients is more commonly used to design the procedures. A personalized approach and planning of the surgical procedures in advance will benefit both the doctor and the patient as the procedures can be designed in a minutely invasive way with great cost savings and without facing any real-life consequences9.

4. Virtual Psychotherapy

Metaverse can be an effective method of treatment of different phobias and other mental health conditions. The patients can be put in uncomfortable conditions to help them overcome their fears and gain confidence by designing a personalized controlled environment. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can also be treated using this technology8. The metaverse world can provide an immersive experience as relaxation therapy to deal with various anxieties and stress-related disorders. The pain and discomfort of chronic pains can also be relieved using metaverse by distracting the patient’s focus into the virtual environment4.

5. Virtual Preventative Medicine

Patients can be educated using metaverse encouraging them to opt for positive lifestyle choices like quitting smoking, balancing alcohol intake, exercising, and eating healthy. This fully immersive virtual system can be used to demonstrate patients the ill effects of the negative life choices aiming to change their behavior8.

HEALTHCARE METAVERSE COMPANIES

With the growing trend of including metaverse in healthcare, many healthcare companies have started investing in building their own metaverse space. “Healthcare City Metaverse” was launched by Aimedis in Feb 2022 at the Arab Health 2022 in which Dr. Javier Mendoza became the first gastroenterologist in the metaverse city. Successful collaborations were made by 8chilli with the global healthcare academy and Apollo hospital to provide them with metaverse technology. At the ACC, 8chilli had also demonstrated a Cardiology solution in metaverse. Metaverse Doctors Alliance (MDA) was also launched by Solve.Care in Dec 2020. Below is the list of the companies who have already launched or are working towards building their bio-metaverse (this could not be an exhausting list, there were other companies that were out of our list)

S. No.

COMPANY NAME

STAGE OF METAVERSE

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

COUNTRY (HQ)

1. 

Launched

  • 11 Dec 21- “Health City”- Aimedis publishes Health Metaverse and soon opens the first clinic in it10
  • 3 Feb 22- Aimedis launched Healthcare City Metaverse at Arab Health 2022 in UAE.11
  • 20 Feb 22- Creating an Avatar for Aimedis Health City12
  • 7 Mar 22- Dr. Javier Mendoza- the first gastroenterologist in the metaverse13
  • 1 Apr 22- release of The Aimedis Metaverse Whitepaper 1.014

Limburg, Netherlands

2. 

Launched

  • HintVRTM- 8chili’s metaverse platform15.
  • 16 Dec 21- 8chili + Global Healthcare Academy (GHA) to provide healthcare training and medical education via metaverse16
  • 24 Feb 22- Apollo Hospital + 8chili collaboration17
  • 28 Mar 22- Aventyn® + 8chili collaboration18
  • 2 Apr 22- 8chili to demonstrate Cardiology solution in metaverse at American College of Cardiology19

San Francisco, USA

3. 

 

 

Launched

  • 16 Dec 21- Solve. Care launched MDA20

 

Korea

4.

Launched

  • 30 Dec 21- 1eco’s metaverse platform “1eco World” is listed on the global virtual asset exchange Bittrex Global 21
  • 25 Mar 22- 1eco limited + Goodoc to expand healthcare services 22

London, England

5.

Launched

  • 24 Dec 21- XRHealth – Building the Therapeutic Metaverse23
  • 5 Jan 22- XRHealth + HTC to offer Virtual Treatment Rooms24
  • 28 Feb 22- XRHealth secures $10M to expand virtual healthcare treatments in the metaverse25
  • 14 Mar 22- XRHealth + HTC introduced “Flow Health” and “Focus 3 Health” 26

USA

6.

Launched

  • 26 Jan 22- Epazz introduces affordable metaverse solution for business, government, and healthcare providers27
  • 2 Feb 22- Epazz DeskFlex will launch Metaverse Virtual Clinics, the next-generation telemedicine for physicians and healthcare facilities28
  • 7 Apr 22- Epazz reports a 28% increase in revenue and 1168% increase in EBITDA for 2021, fueled by DeskFlex Desk Booking Software that will launch the metaverse virtual office later this year29

Chicago, USA

7.

Launched

  • Feb 22- HTC unveiled “Viverse” a metaverse ecosystem30
  • 3 Mar 22- HTC Vive debuts its new metaverse offering with ‘Viverse’31
  • 5 Mar 22- HTC is reportedly building Metaverse phone, expected to release in Apr 202232
  • 14 Mar 22- XRHealth + HTC introduced “Flow Health” and “Focus 3 Health” 26

 

Taiwan

 

8.

Launched

  • Feb 22- Cloud DX reveals Extended Reality (XR) division to bring to market Patented Metaverse Application (VITALITITM)33
  • 7 Apr 22- Cloud DX + Sheridan College – Medical Metaverse R&D.34

New York, USA

9.

Launched

  • 10 Feb 22- iMining launches Metaverse Advisory Group (MAG).35
  • 24 Mar 22- iMining’s MAG enters into Agreement for First-ever Metaverse Pharmacy with Noman Qureshi.36
  • 31 Mar 22- iMining’s MAG enters into Agreement for First-ever Hospital Foundation with Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation.37

Canada

10.

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Launched

  • 24 Feb 22- Infosys launched Infosys Metaverse Foundry38
  • 12 Apr 22- Infosys opens Living Lab ecosystem in Melbourne39

Bengaluru, India

11.

Launched

  • 6 Apr 22- CG1 solutions launches private beta test for reality hub, a metaverse training system for hospitals40

Miami, USA

12.

Launched

 

  • 23 Mar 22- KVA launched the KVA Mediverse41

 

England

13.

Work in progress

  • 15 Aug 21- CEO announced to spend the next year of his work life in the metaverse42
  • 18 Aug 21- Partnership with Spatial (VR/AR collaboration platform) and M2 Studio (VR rendering and animation firm)43

USA

14.

Work in progress

  • 4 Nov 21- Treatment announces its plan to build “Medical Metaverse”44

Vancouver, Canada

15.

Work in progress

  • 1 Feb 22- World’s first virtual hospital to treat one million patients a day created by East Yorkshire firm45
  • 10 Mar 22- Occupational health provider Latus Health developing VR hospitals as it eyes opportunities in the metaverse46

Melton, UK

CONCLUSION

Metaverse is a rapidly growing immersive technology with significant potential for improving patient care throughout the healthcare spectrum3. It is a powerful concept to use the digitally literate young population to take control of their health care and be rewarded to learn, follow wellness, and educate their mates in a safe social virtual space. The precision capabilities of physicians collaborating throughout the world and utilizing bio-metaverse opens up opportunities to address health professional shortages2. Some obstacles will be needed to overcome, concerning people's attitudes of perceiving treatment online or remotely, as it is still considered a backup or second-best option by many1. Healthcare will set higher expectations for this immersive and unprecedented technology by anticipating these potential pitfalls.

References:

  1. The Amazing Possibilities Of Healthcare In The Metaverse
  2. MetaHealth- How will the Metaverse Change Health Care?
  3. Metaverse- Discover the New Age Retail Pharmacy Experience
  4. VIRTUAL REALITY IN MEDICINE
  5. Metaverse Pros and Cons: The Top Benefits and Drawbacks
  6. 6 major benefits of online support groups
  7. Virtual hospital: what is It, benefits, examples, opportunities
  8. Advantages of virtual reality in medicine
  9. Virtual Surgical Planning- An Advantage for both the doctor and patient
  10. “Health City”- Aimedis publishes Health-Metaverse and soon opens the first clinic in it
  11. The Aimedis Metaverse
  12. Creating an Avatar for Aimedis’ Health City
  13. Dr. Javier Mendoza- the first gastroenterologist in the metaverse
  14. The Aimedis Metaverse Whitepaper 1.0 has been released
  15. 8chili
  16. Global Healthcare Academy and 8chili Inc. launch training platform in Metaverse
  17. Apollo Hospitals collaborate with 8chili Inc to foray into metaverse
  18. Aventyn® Enters the Health Metaverse With 8chili HintVRTM Virtual Reality Platform for Innovations in Care Coordination
  19. 8chili First to Demonstrate Virtual Reality in the Cardiology Metaverse at ACC 2022
  20. Healthcare Metaverse Set to Take Off With the Launch of the Metaverse Doctors Alliance in South Korea
  21. 1eco’s metaverse platform ‘1eco World’, Listed on the global virtual asset exchange Bittrex Global on December 30th
  22. 1eco Limited Announces Partnership with Mobile Healthcare Platform ‘Goodoc’
  23. XRHealth – Building the Therapeutic Metaverse
  24. XRHealth and HTC will offer Virtual Treatment Rooms
  25. XRHealth Secures $10M to Expand Virtual Reality Treatment in the Metaverse
  26. XRHealth and HTC introduce “Flow Health” and “Focus 3 Health” at HIMSS 2022
  27. Epazz Introduces Affordable Metaverse Solution
  28. Epazz DeskFlex Will Launch Metaverse Virtual Clinics
  29. Epazz Reports 28% Increase in Revenue
  30. HTC Vive unveils VR metaverse
  31. HTC Vive debuts its new metaverse offering with ‘Viverse’
  32. HTC is reportedly building a Metaverse phone: expected to release in April 2022
  33. CloudDX reveals Extended Relaity (“XR”) division to bring VITALITI to market
  34. CloudDX partners with Sheridan College on Medical Metaverse Research and Development
  35. iMining Launches Metaverse Advisory Group
  36. iMining enters agreement with First-ever Metaverse Pharmacy
  37. iMining enters into agreement for the first-ever hospital foundation in decentral and metaverse
  38. Infosys launches Infosys Metaverse Foundry
  39. Infosys opens Living Lab Ecosystem in Melbourne
  40. CG1 Solutions Launches Private Beta Test for Reality Hub
  41. KVA launch the KVA Mediverse
  42. LARVOL CEO launches one year in the Metaverse
  43. LARVOL announces VR-first and Remote-always plans
  44. Treatment announces Global Medical Metaverse
  45. World’s first virtual hospital to treat one million patients a day created by East Yorkshire firm
  46. Occupational health provider Latus Health developing VR hospitals 

Muskan

Muskan is a guest writer at PharmaShots. She loves to write about recent trends and updates in the healthcare and pharma industry. She writes articles related to Biopharma, MedTech, and Digital Health segments. She has done her master’s in Forensic Science. She can be contacted at connect@pharmashots.com.

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