The Growing Popularity of AR and VR in Healthcare

The Growing Popularity of AR and VR in Healthcare

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, February 28, 2022

In healthcare and medicine, virtual and augmented reality are increasingly gaining prominence. They can already provide high-quality help to physicians and medical professionals in the treatment of patients and educate healthcare consumers on how to take better care of their health.

FREMONT, CA: Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) were once restricted to the gaming sector. In 2021, both VR and AR attracted significant interest from numerous industries, including healthcare.

Many healthcare organizations are prepared to augment their digital solutions using VR and AR technology for improved data analysis and healthcare practices. Several businesses have discovered new ways to engage with their patients during pandemics and provide remote, individualized care by using these tools. While others employ VR and AR to enhance medical training and pre-surgery preparation.

However, VR and AR technologies are not yet prevalent in most healthcare facilities and clinics worldwide.

Analyzing the AR-VR Prospect

Before discussing the medical and healthcare applications of VR and AR, let's identify their differences.

AR is the technology that allows information, films, and graphics to be superimposed on reality using smart devices. Consequently, modern technology enhances the real world by adding more data. Popular instances of AR Ace app, the L'Oréal Makeup app, Pokémon Go, and numerous others.

VR is a computer-generated simulation of reality that immerses a user in a digital environment. VR conversations, Volvo test drive reality, The North Face for hiking experience in Yosemite National Park, and a vast number of VR games are the most prevalent instances of VR.

VR Offers Medical Immersion for a Variety of Patient Requirements

Companies in the healthcare industry employ VR and AR technologies to enhance their customers' experiences by involving them in healthcare activities. By employing VR apps for cosmetic medicine and orthodontics, healthcare providers and their clients can arrange the sequence of procedures and witness the results. In ophthalmology, healthcare professionals can supply their patients with an application that stimulates patients' eyesight with specific disorders, such as cataracts, AMD, and others. Thus, patients can better comprehend the issue and become actively involved in their therapy.

VR and AR technologies can be utilized to improve self-diagnostics during pandemics. It is especially beneficial in distant places where traveling to clinics is complex, and individuals must instead use telehealth services. AR's enhanced self-diagnostics provide a clearer picture of whether hospital visits and therapy are necessary or whether the ailment may be addressed at home.

In addition, VR and AR-based apps are employed for self-guided treatment in isolation. For instance, managing persistent pains, practicing meditation to alleviate anxiety, or organizing workouts to recover joint dysfunctions. Patients who have survived brain injuries and strokes can now undergo rehabilitation using a game-like interface. This makes therapy more engaging and increases patient engagement.

Providing people with information on the location of healthcare facilities is further use of AR for widespread use in healthcare. Using AR maps, users can determine the location of clinics and other healthcare facilities in an unknown area. AR maps reduce the time required to locate these services, which can be lifesaving in an emergency. For instance, if a person needs emergency help due to heart failure, AR maps will indicate the location of the closest automated external defibrillators.

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