Healthcare Revolution Lurks in the Metaverse

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From the Mail and Guardian in S.A. comes an article suggesting that while slow to adopt, eventually the metaverse will increasingly be used to see patients remotely and beyond borders.


  • Real-world fashion brands are turning out to be early pioneers in the metaverse.
  • Gucci carved itself out a hipster territory by buying virtual property on the Ethereum blockchain.
  • However, healthcare services in the metaverse will take this to new heights.
  • As the metaverse experience becomes normalised for ordinary people, its potential to transform telehealth becomes massive.
  • It is likely that the democratisation of metaverse healthcare won’t happen by default; it will require the intentions and the investments of a government and all their countrywide healthcare stakeholders, as well as a population willing and able to explore and inhabit a new frontier.
  • Initially, metaverse medical services will be seen as a second option to physical consultations, but as with video telehealth today, popularity will increase over time as the convenience and cost benefits are unlocked by consumers, service providers and funders.

Upskilling in a digital health world

Change in healthcare is accelerating, and industry leaders need to prepare for changes brought about by the rise of digital health, or risk being left behind as the industry evolves.
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  • It’s no secret that digital technologies are playing a significant role when it comes to shaping the next era of healthcare.
  • This was the subject of a recent pharmaphorum webinar, sponsored by Healthware International, where Healthware CEO Roberto Ascione and Politecnico di Milano Professor Emanuele Lettieri laid out plans for a new executive education programme in digital health innovation.
  • “There is no way we can find enough people that are really skilled about these new modalities, these new interactions, and way of doing things,” explained Ascione. “
  • Creating a hybrid learning experience Of course, when creating a programme for high-level figures across life sciences, it’s vital to understand and tailor the learning experience to suit the lives and responsibilities of participants.
  • Through the design of the programme, both Ascione and Lettieri believe that participants will be introduced to a comprehensive range of topics – ideas they claim that every person working in life sciences should be aware of.