Extended Reality for Enhanced Telehealth During and Beyond COVID-19: Viewpoint

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JMIR Serious Games. 2021 Jun 15. doi: 10.2196/26520. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic caused widespread challenges and revealed vulnerabilities across global healthcare systems. In response, many healthcare providers turned to telehealth solutions, which have been widely embraced and are likely to become standard for modern care. Immersive extended reality (XR) technologies have the potential to enhance telehealth with greater acceptability, engagement, and presence. However, numerous technical, logistic, and clinical barriers remain to the incorporation of XR technology into telehealth practice. COVID-19 may accelerate the union of XR and telehealth as researchers explore novel solutions to close social distances. In this viewpoint we highlight research demonstrations of XR telehealth during COVID-19 and discuss future directions to make XR the next evolution of remote healthcare.

PMID:34227992 | DOI:10.2196/26520