Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are two significant trends which are driving forces for speculative investment from technology giants such as Google, SAP, Microsoft, Facebook, Apple, etc. With regard to Healthcare, there are massive opportunities for healthcare organizations to leverage VR and AR to improve or expand their services to bring more benefits to their patients, doctors and clients.
Applying AR during medical treatment
In traditional surgery, surgeons need to monitor the entire operating room to capture the information displayed from the machines, important statistical records and images sent by the endoscope. However, thanks to AR technology, surgeons now can wear smart glasses during the operating process to read the information and focus 100% on the surgery with hand free, which results in minimizing mistakes and unnecessary manipulations to entirely concentrate on the surgery.
In addition, patients often experience pain and discomfort as the doctor identifies venous lesions in the course of collecting blood sample. This can also be simplified by Augmented Reality technology. AccuVein, for instance, has been extensively utilized as a hand-held scanner to light the veins under the patient’s skin, directing nurses and surgeons to determine the veins before the injection.
Applying AR in disease prevention
Patient education play a key role in effective treatment and prevention. AR applications can be used to illustrate the effects of disease on specific and more effective diseases. Some patients who use AR applications to learn have demonstrated that a sentient experience can actually be more effective in transmitting information. These applications can also help educate family members about diseases and their consequences under specific conditions, contributing to effectively aware people of the healthy.
AR For Post -Treatment Care
When checking out the hospital, patients may need to continue certain treatments in order to successfully get rid of their diseases. For the elderly in particular, it can become quite difficult to track medication calendar. AR applications installed in smart glasses such as Google Glass can act as digital health care assistants to remind patients taking medication on time or encourage them to eat and do more exercise.
How can Augmented Reality bring value to the doctor?
Adopting Augmented Reality in Healthcare provide doctors with two great values. Firstly, AR increase the efficiency of the training and education of physicians, nurses, allow physicians, nurses, trainees to go beyond textbooks and better visualize health issues which they will treat in the future. Secondly, the technology will enhance their ability to diagnose and treat diseases by allowing them to access real-time data and patient information faster than ever.