Augmented Reality: The Future of Healthcare and Medicine

Augmented Reality: The Future of Healthcare and Medicine

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Sync AR created a software program that gives surgeons "X-ray vision" by fusing digitally enhanced images directly into a surgical device's microscope.

FREMONT, CA: In healthcare, augmented reality has both advantages and disadvantages. From being one of the most reliable digital health technologies at the time, the technology now appears to be at a standstill, waiting for the next innovation to propel it forward yet another step.

AR rules the future of healthcare. So let's look at what's already possible today.

1. Augmented Reality Allows Patients to Describe Their Symptoms Better.

Patients frequently struggle to describe their symptoms to their doctors accurately. In other cases, people often overreact to medical situations – or, on the contrary, dismiss the issue. Augmented reality may be the answer to patient education in ophthalmology.

Oculenz is a treatment for patients who have lost their central vision. Doctors can simulate the vision of a patient suffering from a specific condition using apps such as Oculenz. Patients who can see the long-term effects of their lifestyle choices on their health may be more motivated to make positive changes.

 2. Augmented Reality Can Help Nurses Find Veins More Easily.

AccuVein, a medtech startup, uses augmented reality technology to make nurses' and patients' lives easier. For example, the company can help medical professionals become better at drawing blood by using augmented reality, which utilizes a handheld scanner that projects over the skin and shows nurses and doctors where veins are in the patients' bodies.

3. Pharmaceutical Companies are Providing More Novel Drug Information.

Patients can use augmented reality to see how the drug works in 3D before their eyes rather than just reading descriptions on the bottle. Using augmented reality equipment, lab workers could monitor their experiments. In addition, workers in pharmaceutical plants could begin working without any hands-on training because the device would tell them how to do it and what to do.

4. Augmented Reality Can Help Surgeons in the Operating Room.

Doctors and even patients understand that precision is critical for surgery. AR can now assist surgeons in becoming more efficient during surgeries. For example, AR performs minimally invasive procedures or locates a liver tumor.

According to Grossmann, who was part of the team that performed the first live operation using medical VR, HoloAnatomy, which uses HoloLens to display real data-anatomical models, is a wonderful and rather intuitive use of AR with obvious advantages over traditional methods.

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