During this week’s Minnesota Broadband Conference, we had the opportunity to learn about new Telehealth and Virtual Reality (VR) applications. One of which relates to a current national crisis…
According to the National Institute On Drug Abuse ~
Every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of and addiction to opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public health as well as social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total “economic burden” of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
‘Broadband is part of the answer’
This new option for pain management could of course be used for so much more. As reported by Blandin Foundation Blogger, Ann Treacy, October 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm ~
Perusing the literature, it sounds like the health care profession has been using VR for acute pain for a while and it looks like more work is being done to help with chronic pain too. Keeping patients away from opioids is clearly a big step to solving the problem.
Pain Pathways Magazine noted…
While Dr. Gromala acknowledges that opioids have their place, she also believes that any tool she can offer patients to better manage their pain that isn’t an opioid is important. Since the late 1990s, some studies have shown that VR reduced the need for opioids in patients who had acute pain and who used VR during very painful procedures.
“If we can achieve the same results for chronic pain, that would be a game changer,“ she states.
The key is access to the technology – and for folks in remote areas, especially folks who might be difficult to move, broadband is part of the answer!
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