Thanks to virtual reality, clinicians can help shape the ideal healthcare setting before construction even begins.

As built environments in healthcare evolve, so do the construction methods that transform those environments. One non-traditional method making a mark is virtual reality, or VR. Medical Research & Design recently explored the practical uses of VR in building healthcare environments.

The article notes how construction companies have started using VR as a way to let clinicians immerse themselves in a simulation of the built environment before breaking ground. The article also points out the benefits of using VR in the design and planning phases:

VR removes the ambiguity from design that can lead to costly changes late in the process by giving the client presence in the model. Giving clients the ability to virtually explore their space lets them see, experience—and make changes to—their design before the building process starts, saving time and money. With VR, clients know exactly what they’re getting.

As Medical Research & Design notes, VR doesn’t just benefit healthcare clients – it also impacts patient care. Hospitals are making sure they’re providing a welcoming environment and positive patient experience. The article concludes by suggesting that VR helps builders, designers and engineers manage healthcare client expectations, ultimately allowing them to deliver care to their patients.

Take a closer look at how VR is changing the design and construction game for healthcare environments.