Virtual reality headsets may be too high-tech for mHealth

Rift, a virtual gaming headset created by Oculus, which was acquired by Facebook this year for $2 billion, may be a game changer for mobile healthcare in providing a new level of capability in telemedicine. "After games, we are going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine ... consulting with a doctor face-to-face, or going shopping in a virtual store where you can touch and explore the product you are interested in just by putting on goggles in your own home," said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Oculus CEO Palmer Luckey has described virtual reality systems as "the future of diagnostic tools." But as with any new mHealth device providing diagnostic there are hurdles ahead, such as HIPAA compliance and even user adoption, given such high-tech gadgets tend to appeal mostly to a younger demographic. Article.