Is Augmented Reality the Future of Medical Care?

Healthcare facilities are employing AR use cases to optimize surgical visualization, vein visualization, and education.

FREMONT, CA: Wellness, being the cornerstones of contemporary society, the medical industry, with the help of technology, is meeting the accelerating healthcare demands of the present and the foreseeable future. Healthcare providers all over the world are applying their energy, time, and talent to overcome challenges where technology plays a crucial role. Out of the many technologies being implemented, Augmented Reality (AR) is playing a vital role in a better healthcare future. AR is extensively adopted in the healthcare industry, creating business possibilities for companies with AR expertise. The capability to seamlessly blend the direct sensory experience of the real world with all the power and potential of digital information technology is groundbreaking. AR is assisting in establishing AR as a breakthrough technology in healthcare. It provides skills, medical knowledge, and expertise to be shared remotely at the moment when time and resources are of the essence. There are many ways AR is helping to transform the face of healthcare.

• Improving Accessibility                                     

Meeting the medical requirements of seven billion people when there are not enough doctors to go around is a challenge. Access to healthcare has conventionally been limited by the availability of a practitioner for each patient to see face-to-face long, queues in a surgery waiting for chambers, and so on. The theory of telemedicine is removing these barriers by normalizing the idea of medical consultations over distance, via smart devices and the internet. AR has a pivotal part to play in ensuring the quality of such consultations. AR allows full surgical procedures to be carried out over a distance, with a professional using the AR tools to guide and collaborate with a colleague in real-time. The immediacy of this information sharing means expertise can reach further widening access to surgery.

• Boosting Training

The longer-term solution of there not being sufficient medical experts to go round is to train more. AR is already having a profound impression on medical training, with applications varying from 3D visualizations to bring anatomical learning to life. This helps trainee nurses to master techniques for monitoring vital signs. A key benefit of AR as a learning tool is that it generates an extremely engaging, immersive educational experience. By integrating different sensory inputs AR aids retention and how well intricate concepts can be apprehended.

• Speedy Technology Adoption

Innovative modern technologies promising significant benefits to healthcare providers are constantly entering the market at a rate of clusters. One difficulty the healthcare sector faces is that there is often a lag among a promising technology coming out of its development phase and achieving widespread adoption. AR can help rather than waiting for those rare possibilities to demonstrate new products face-to-face. It can help vendors reach potential consumers all over the world at any time they like, offering in-depth demonstrations.

• Empowering Patients

AR is an effective tool in aiding medical professionals' complete day-to-day responsibilities more precisely and efficiently, from supporting diagnosis to serving with procedures. Another interesting trend we see with the use of AR in healthcare is the development of applications that enable patients to play a more proactive role in their care. It also offers optical simulations of various eye conditions.

AR is even being practiced to treat patients in its own right, especially with physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation. The fundamental principle behind the use of AR in this area is that digital demonstrations can be charted directly onto the motions people work as part of their therapy. Healthcare workers have been agile to realize the advantages of AR technologies. Education is an undeniable application of AR in the healthcare profession. Healthcare workers have to learn a massive amount of information about anatomy and the way the body functions. AR applications give physicians the ability to visualize and communicate with three-dimensional representations of bodies.