25 Jul Virtual reality, at the service of rehabilitation centers in China
One of the leading establishments in the use of this technology is the Qingdong Rehabilitation Center, in the Qingpu district, where administrators have installed biometric monitoring equipment and virtual reality helmets. Several addiction rehabilitation centers in the city of Shanghai is using virtual reality for the diagnosis of their patients and also in treatments to help them overcome their drug addiction.
The local newspaper Shine reported Thursday that one of the leading establishments in the use of this technology is the Qingdong Rehabilitation Center, in the Qingpu district, where administrators have installed biometric monitoring equipment and virtual reality helmets.
In this way, when a patient wears the helmet he sees several scenes, such as a room with drugs, or old addicts who share their experiences of overcoming addiction. Meanwhile, the sensors control their pulse, heartbeat, respiration and other biometric readings and, Based on the data collected, the team generates a report on the severity of the patient’s addiction or the improvements they have made to overcome their addiction.
In addition, the machines can also provide the appropriate rehabilitation plans for each patient and their severity.
“Compared to traditional approaches to evaluation and treatment with questionnaires and two-dimensional images, the new system with brain technology and neuroscience helps us to understand the cognitive impairment of addicts and the motor disabilities caused by drugs with greater precision,” he said. Deputy director of the city’s narcotics control office, Zheng Wei. While in other cities virtual reality technology is also being used for drug rehabilitation, the platform used in Shanghai is more effective, since it contains eye tracking instruments , explained Zheng.
“In other places, drug addicts sometimes close their eyes when they use the system, but now we can see those tricks with our eye tracking instrument, which ensures that the data is authentic,” he said.
Because drugs can damage the cognitive abilities of addicts, the system includes some virtual reality games to help them recover diminished abilities, such as concentration and self-control.