The United Arab Emirates has announced the launch of the first hospital in the metaverse, which will go live in October.
The Medical Metaverse will be under the management of Thubay Group. Healthcare provider Thumbay has already started working on the project. It 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 chairman of the Thumbay Group. “We are already working on it and we expect it to be launched before October this year. It will be a complete virtual hospital where people will come with an avatar and consult the doctor. To meet medical tourism, we will allow patients to see what the hospital looks like in the metaverse if they travel and come to Thumbay Health Facility.
UAE and medical tourism
Thumbay Group offers augmented reality and virtual reality metaverse technologies to patients who have been hospitalized for at least six months, bedridden or paralyzed.
The virtual hospital also aims to help people in other ways. For example, people with permanent disabilities.
Thumbay said: “The hospital gives them AR and VR headsets so they can see their homes. For example, a Sri Lankan person has been with us for a long time who was paralyzed after a car accident and all of his sensory movements were gone but only his brain was functioning. He can discover and virtually visit his room in Sri Lanka thanks to AR and VAR technology. This motivates long-term care patients and gives them hope of being able to return to their country.
The world’s first medical metaverse
Last January, the world’s first customer service center with Metaverse technologies was launched in Dubai, by the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Community Welfare (MOHAP).
This center is also designed to meet customer requirements in 3D spaces in an easy way. While providing them with an interactive and digitally immersive sensory experience.
Patients have the ability to quickly jump into the world of MetaHealth and chat with a real person from the Customer Satisfaction Center.
As for staff, the UAE healthcare organization has hired a company to train all of its doctors on how to treat patients in Metaverse.
Remote consultation fees
On fees, Thumbay said no decision has yet been made, but would likely be in line with the teleconsultation fees charged by the healthcare operator. Group Vice President Thumbay revealed that the group is integrating artificial intelligence into the hospital system, where cameras will detect the patient’s car license plate and then their face as they enter the hospital.
When the patient arrives at the reception, his file will already be open and will be waiting for him.
If the patient goes to the pharmacy, the cameras will recognize his face and the system will tell the pharmacist that the patient has come to take his medication.
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