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Title: Healthcare in metaverse: a survey on current metaverse applications in healthcare
Authors: Bansal, Gaurang
Rajgopal, Karthik
Chamola, Vinay
Xiong, Zehui
Niyato, Dusit
Keywords: Engineering::Computer science and engineering
Issue Date: 2022
Source: Bansal, G., Rajgopal, K., Chamola, V., Xiong, Z. & Niyato, D. (2022). Healthcare in metaverse: a survey on current metaverse applications in healthcare. IEEE Access, 10, 119914-119946.
Project: SUTD-ZJU (SD) 202101 
SUTD SRG-ISTD-2021-165 
SUTD-ZJU (VP) 202102 
Journal: IEEE Access 
Abstract: The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed several limitations of existing healthcare systems. Thus, there is a surge in healthcare innovation and new business models using computer-mediated virtual environments to provide an alternative healthcare system. Today, digital transformation is not limited to virtual communication alone but encompasses digitalizing the network of social connections in the healthcare industry using metaverse technology. The metaverse is a universal and immersive virtual world facilitated by virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). This paper presents the first effort to offer a comprehensive survey that examines the latest metaverse developments in the healthcare industry, which covers seven domains: telemedicine, clinical care, education, mental health, physical fitness, veterinary, and pharmaceuticals. We review metaverse applications and deeply discuss technical issues and available solutions in each domain that can help develop a self-sustaining, persistent, and future-proof solution for medical healthcare systems. Finally, we highlight the challenges that must be tackled before fully embracing the metaverse for the healthcare industry.
ISSN: 2169-3536
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2022.3219845
Schools: School of Computer Science and Engineering 
Rights: © 2022 The Authors. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License. For more information, see
Fulltext Permission: open
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