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Applications of the metaverse in medicine and healthcare

Authors: Tim Hulsen;

Applications of the metaverse in medicine and healthcare

Abstract

Abstract The metaverse is a virtual world that is being developed to allow people to interact with each other and with digital objects in a more immersive way. It involves the convergence of three major technological trends: telepresence, the digital twin, and blockchain. Telepresence is the ability of people to “be together” in a virtual way while not being close to each other. The digital twin is a virtual, digital equivalent of a patient, a medical device or even a hospital. Blockchain can be used by patients to keep their personal medical records secure. In medicine and healthcare, the metaverse could be used in several ways: (1) virtual medical consultations; (2) medical education and training; (3) patient education; (4) medical research; (5) drug development; (6) therapy and support; (7) laboratory medicine. The metaverse has the potential to enable more personalized, efficient, and accessible healthcare, improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs. However, the implementation of the metaverse in medicine and healthcare will require careful consideration of ethical and privacy concerns, as well as social, technical and regulatory challenges. Overall, the future of the metaverse in healthcare looks bright, but new metaverse-specific laws should be created to help overcome any potential downsides.

Keywords

Medical Laboratory Technology, Medicine (miscellaneous), Education

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