UAE has announced the launch of the first hospital in the Metaverse, going live in October.
The medical Metaverse will be under the management of Thumbay Group. Healthcare provider Thumbay has already started work on the project. This will be a fully functional virtual hospital where patients can visit using avatars. They can also use avatars to interact with doctors.
Dr Thumbay Moideen is the founder and president of Thumbay Group. “We are already working on it and expect it to launch 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 hospital looks like in the metaverse if they travel and come to Thumbay healthcare facility.”
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Thumbay Group offers augmented reality and virtual reality metaverse technologies to long-term care patients who have been hospitalized for at least six months, are bedridden or paralyzed.
The virtual hospital aims to help people in other ways too. For example, people with permanent disabilities.
Thumbay said, “The hospital is giving them AR and VR headsets so that they can see their homes. For example, a Sri Lankan person has been with us for a long period of time who was paralyzed after a car accident and all of his sensory motions are gone but only his brain is functioning. He can experience and 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.”
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