Expert consensus on the metaverse in medicine

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Yang, D.
Zhou, J.
Chen, R C.
Song, Y.L.
Song, Z.J.
Zhang, X.J.
Wang, Q.
Zhou, C.Z.
Sun, J.Y.
Zhang, L.C.
Bai, L.
Wang, Y.H.
Wang, X.
Lu, Y.T.
Xin, H.Y.
Powell, C.A.
Thüemmler, C.
Chavannes, N.H.
Chen, W.
Wu, Lian
Bai, C.X.
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2022
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Journal Article
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medical Internet of Things (MIoT)
Internet of Things (IoT)
virtual reality (VR)
metaverse in medicine
remote health services
augmented reality (AR)
virtuality-reality integration
virtuality-reality interconnection
telemedicine
delivery of health care
Citation
Yang, D., Zhou, J., Chen, R C., Song, Y.L., Song, Z.J., Zhang, X.J., Wang, Q., Zhou, C.Z., Sun, J.Y., Zhang, L.C., Bai, L., Wang, Y.H., Wang, X., Lu, Y.T., Xin, H.Y., Powell, C.A., Thüemmler,C., Chavannes, N.H., Chen, W., Wu, L., Bai, C.X. (2022). Expert consensus on the metaverse in medicine. Clinical eHealth, Volume 5 (2022), 1-9. doi:10.1016/j.ceh.2022.02.001
Abstract
BACKGROUND Recently, Professor Chunxue Bai and colleagues have proposed a definition of the Metaverse in Medicine as the medical Internet of Things (MIoT) facilitated using AR and/or VR glasses. METHODS A multi-disciplinary panel of doctors and IT experts from Asia, the United States, and Europe analyzed published articles regarding expert consensus on the Medical Internet of Things, with reference to study results in the field of metaverse technology. FINDINGS It is feasible to implement the three basic functions of the MIoT, namely, comprehensive per ception, reliable transmission, and intelligent processing, by applying a metaverse platform, which is composed of AR and VR glasses and the MIoT system, and integrated with the technologies of holographic construction, holographic emulation, virtuality-reality integration, and virtuality-reality interconnection. In other words, through interactions between virtual and real cloud experts and terminal doctors, we will be able to carry out medical education, science popularization, consultation, graded diagnosis and treat ment, clinical research, and even comprehensive healthcare in the metaverse. The interaction between virtual and real cloud experts and terminal users (including terminal doctors, patients, and even their family members) could also facilitate different medical services, such as disease prevention, healthcare, physical examination, diagnosis and treatment of diseases, rehabilitation, management of chronic dis eases, in-home care, first aid, outpatient attendance, consultation, etc. In addition, it is noteworthy that security is a prerequisite for the Metaverse in Medicine, and a reliable security system is the foundation to ensure the normal operation of such a platform. CONCLUSION: The application of a Cloud Plus Terminal platform could enable interaction between virtual and real cloud experts and terminal doctors, in order to realize medical education, science popularization, consultation, graded diagnosis and treatment, clinical research, and even comprehensive healthcare in the metaverse.
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Elsevier B.V. on behalf of KeAi Communications Co. Ltd
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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ceh.2022.02.001
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