This will be a complete virtual hospital where people will come with an avatar and consult with the doctor
The launch the world’s first virtual hospital in the metaverse has been announced by the UAE-based healthcare company – Thumbay Group.
The group will create immersive remote consultations with doctors with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). Before choosing the health provider from any part of the world, prospective patients can check the facilities.
Dr Thumbay Moideen, founder and president of Thumbay Group, said: “We expect to launch it before October this year. This will be a complete virtual hospital where people will come with an avatar and consult with the doctor. To cater to medical tourism, we will allow patients to see what the virtual hospital looks like in the metaverse if they travel and come to Thumbay healthcare facility.”
For long-term patients or for people with permanent disabilities, these technologies in healthcare can be very useful.
“For example, a Sri Lankan person has been with us for a long period of time who was paralysed after a car accident, and his sensory motions are gone, but only his brain is functioning,” explained Dr Moideen. “He can virtually visit his room in Sri Lanka through AR and VAR technology. This motivates long-term care patients and gives them hope that they can go back to their country.”
Also, the group is planning to use VR technology and face-recognising cameras. Vice-president Akbar Moideen Thumbay said this integration of artificial intelligence into their virtual hospital system will help them identify a patient from the car number plate and their face.
“So, when a patient arrives at the reception, his file is already open. The process of showing identity or insurance card will be eliminated. If a patient goes to the pharmacy, cameras will recognise his face, and the system will indicate to the pharmacist that the patient has come to collect his medicine,” Akbar added.
The UAE Ministry of Health and Community Protection (MOHAP), in January this year at Arab Health 2022, had announced the launch of the world’s first Metaverse-enabled customer service centre. It will be designed in a manner that it easily meets customer requirements in 3D space, providing them with interactive and digitally immersive sensory experiences at the same time.
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