Chosun University Hospital, a private university hospital in South Korea’s southwestern city of Gwangju, is setting up a virtual clinic in the metaverse.
The hospital recently signed a memorandum of understanding with local health technology start-up Deltoid for market development and business expansion.
Together, they will launch a metaverse clinic where local and foreign patients can access medical services online. The site will also organize educational programs for the hospital’s foreign medical staff.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
The pandemic has also impacted South Korea’s medical tourism industry, which has seen a sharp drop in the number of foreign medical tourists to around 117,000 in 2020 from nearly 500,000 in 2019, according to data from Statista. .
In a statement, Chosun said it hopes to attract overseas patients and help revive medical tourism in Gwangju by offering virtual healthcare services in the metaverse, a network of three-dimensional virtual worlds.
THE GREAT TREND
The medical metaverse is an increasingly topic of conversation among healthcare professionals in South Korea. Earlier this year, a group of more than 200 South Korean medical experts led by professors from the Seoul National University College of Medicine launched a study group which will focus on finding ways to harness the metaverse for disease prevention, treatment, and management.
Besides South Korea, other health care providers, hospitals, and health technology developers in Asia-Pacific are launching their services in the metaverse. At the end of June, the Yashoda Hospitals in India has become the first healthcare group in the country to enter the metaverse.
Singaporean healthcare company Meta Health announced in February that it was joining the metaverse clinic of Aimedis, a Netherlands-based medical technology company. It will integrate its 5Digital telemedicine platform into the virtual clinic where consultation notes and health data from IoT devices can be stored via blockchain.
Meanwhile, the Indian fitness company GOQii in March, raised $10 million in funding to support its development of a metaverse health ecosystem that engages users to engage in healthy behaviors and perform playful fitness tasks.