VRARA Digital Health Committee
Written by Craig Stanland, Virtual Reality Observer
To people outside of the industry Virtual Reality (VR) is most commonly associated with gaming. While the technological investments and forward progress in gaming carries benefits for all other industries, news outside of gaming is often overlooked.
VR has already had a major impact on all the major industries including, Architecture and Design, Entertainment, Education and the Health industry. Health is particularly of interest to us due to its overall impact on society. Better health care practices benefit us all. The healthcare Industry has increasingly been turning to simulation and the virtual world for training and education of its staff.
With its launch of the Digital health VR AR committee the VR/AR Association has acknowledged the importance and impact of VR on the Healthcare industry. The committee will create best practices, guidelines, and call to actions (e.g., recommendations for standards) for VR AR in Digital Health, Medical, Healthcare, and Education. With 10 industry experts already on the committee, they are off to a great start. Still in the early stages the 10 experts are crafting a working doc which will set the foundation for the committee moving forward.
The VR/AR Association (VRARA) is the global industry association for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Reality, connecting leading solution providers with brands and customers. VRARA goals are to accelerate growth, foster research and education, and help develop industry standards, connect member organizations and promotes the services of member companies.
“This Digital Health Industry Committee already has representatives from Meta Co, Medical Realities, Mativision, doctors and surgeons like Rafael J. Grossmann, MD, FACS and Shafi Ahmed PhD FRCS, and digital health experts like John Nosta, indicating the importance of this vertical and the industry’s willingness to work together to accelerate the VR AR industry with smart growth.“ Kris Kolo, Global Executive Director of the VRARA.
This is an amazing opportunity for health care professional to participate in the early stages of this emerging technology and practice. The first official kickoff call for this Industry Committee is being scheduled at the end of January, early February. Anyone who’s interested in DIgital Health/education/healthcare should join.