A rise in the incidence of any disease – from diabetes to dementia – is worrying, prompting research programmes into causes and innovative cures. Immersive Technologies are increasingly deployed
as safe, fast and effective tools for healthcare professionals across the board – in training and education, as well as performing operations or other daily duties. But when a global pandemic
hits, speed becomes a decisive factor in mitigating the seriousness of the outbreak. From preparedness through situation management to dealing with the aftermath – including depression and trauma
– VR and other immersive technologies accelerate the ability of healthcare professionals to cope.
We examine the role that technologies play in this scenario, and at how tech needs to be rolling up its sleeves to produce solutions for a predicted spike in posttraumatic stress disorder – not
only among medical staff but also recovered patients and society as a whole.