If the Metaverse, the virtual mirror of our world, is still far from being operational, virtual reality is already shaking up the world of health. In 2023, two professors from Bichat Hospital will lead a first degree dedicated to the current and future of the field.
Why create a “Healthy Metavers” university degree?
For the past five years, with Pr Patrick Nataf, we have already created a connected health university diploma. We wanted to update ourselves. The Metavers, this parallel universe of virtual reality, will revolutionize medicine, by facilitating collaboration, care and also teaching.
Who will be your students?
On connected health, we have 50% caregivers and 50% engineers, lawyers, start-uppers. These subjects have ethical and regulatory issues…
Who says Metavers says virtual reality helmets; How will you equip yourself?
A good part of the teaching will be done with its experts in the field and, for face-to-face students, we will have two half-days of practical work in structures and labs.
Virtual reality works, but the Metaverse is not yet ripe.
Most of the technology is already there. Learning by simulation, for example, has gone faster than most healthcare professionals imagine. There are already healthcare applications, particularly in the field of psychiatry. The technologies are almost ready in the field of assisted surgery.
What longer-term applications do you envision?
No doubt a digital twin of the patient, based on his biological elements and the decoding of his genetic heritage. This would help to give individualized treatments in an optimal way. It’s not entirely fantasy.
Isn’t this dehumanizing medicine?
Remote care does not prevent the relationship, we see it in telemedicine. And with really good quality avatars, there can be empathy. Above all, with good quality 3D imaging and virtual doubles of the patient’s body, distant medical teams will be able to collaborate much more effectively.
The “Métavers en Santé” diploma is run by Prof. Boris Hansel and Prof. Patrick Nataf, who both practice at the Bichat hospital in Paris.
The training must accommodate a maximum of 120 students. It should last 71 hours, between March 16 and June 16, 2023, including 30 hours of live teaching, 27 in e-learning and 14 hours of practical teaching.
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