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Role of Immersive (XR) Technologies in Improving Healthcare Competencies: A Review

Role of Immersive (XR) Technologies in Improving Healthcare Competencies: A Review
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Author(s): Prabha Susy Mathew (Bishop Cottons Women's Christian College, India) and Anitha S. Pillai (Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, India)
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 24
Source title: Virtual and Augmented Reality in Education, Art, and Museums
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Giuliana Guazzaroni (Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy) and Anitha S. Pillai (Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-1796-3.ch002

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Abstract

Immersive technology refers to technology that enhances reality by blending the physical environment with virtual content or by completely taking the user to a virtual world far away from reality. Different immersive technologies are augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR). As immersive technology is becoming more affordable, user-friendly, pervasive, and ubiquitous, it's been adopted and embraced by several industries. Though its early adopters were from the gaming industry, now it's explored and used by many other industries such as mining, healthcare, and medicine, retail, education, automotive, manufacturing, etc. Using these technologies, medical professionals can improve their competencies, and they will be able to effectively transfer the skill acquired through simulations to the operation theatre. This chapter focuses on uses, benefits, and adoption challenges of Immersive technologies with specific reference to healthcare training.

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