- The word metaverse first appeared in Neal Stephenson’s 1992 novel Snow Crash.
- Emirates Health Services is the first in the world to offer medical consultations in the metaverse to the general population.
- To receive the service, it is not necessary to have special equipment, just a computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection and a camera and microphone.
Within the field of health, nothing is static because everything is constantly updated. It is not only about knowledge but also about how to provide care to patients. For a long time there was talk of the possibility of offering medical consultations in the metaverse and today it is already a reality thanks to a company that enabled this service for the general public.
transformation throughout history
First it is necessary to talk about the changes that the way of caring for patients has had. For centuries, the traditional model dominated where the doctor was in his office and offered the service there.
It was not until the 1970s that the telemedicine. It emerged as an alternative to bring medical care to remote places and where there are not enough possibilities to care for patients in person. One of the first problems was that large and expensive equipment was required.
As time passed, technology made it possible to make equipment more accessible to link patients and doctors. In this way it went to inquiries online. During the last two decades it has been a modality that has had a wide growth and today it is quite daily. But now there is a new alternative that is on the rise.
Medical consultations in the metaverse are already a reality
The first and most important thing is to know what the metaverse. The word as such arose in the novel “Snow Crash” by Neal Stephenson published in 1992. This work mentions the creation of parallel or complementary virtual spaces to our reality. The concept had already been mentioned before but this is where it is described in a more faithful way to how it finally materialized in the real world.
With respect to the real world, it can be described as environments where humans interact socially and economically as avatars. They do it through a software in a cyberspace, which acts as a metaphor for the real world but without its limitations.
In this vein, some hospitals have already performed surgeries and other types of care in this digital environment. The first tests have been successful and that led to Emirates Health Services to enable this service but now for the general population.
Via a statement it was announced that now anyone in the world can request medical consultations in the metaverse. The most attractive thing is that special computer equipment is not required. All it takes is a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection and a camera and microphone.
In this way, all that is required is that the patient and the doctor connect at an agreed date and time. The service is carried out remotely but is exactly the same as any face-to-face consultation.
Other advantages of this new modality
The company mentioned that the metaverse offers other benefits beyond remote service. It also makes it easy for doctors to monitor the progress of each of their patients. Likewise, it allows the collection of data that can be evaluated using advanced Artificial Intelligence models, previously designed to update treatment plans, in order to achieve the best clinical results.
At the moment they are available general and psychiatric medical consultations but it is expected that other services will be added progressively. In the end, this modality is no longer the future but rather the present of health and more and more companies are going to join this modality.
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