The Influence of AR and VR in Healthcare

The Influence of AR and VR in Healthcare

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Monday, May 30, 2022

AR and VR, like any other disruptive technology, will take time to become popular due to a number of obstacles.

Fremont, CA: Immersive technology is becoming more widely accepted, and the healthcare industry is no exception. The emergence of AR and VR technologies such as Magic Leap and Microsoft HoloLens has opened the doors to new possibilities in the healthcare business. Extended Reality, or XR technology, is a type of immersive visual technology that combines virtual and actual situations.

VR refers to when the user is completely immersed in a virtual environment, whereas AR refers to when a virtual environment or items are superimposed on the actual world to increase contextual meaning. Here are a few examples of how XR technologies will impact the healthcare business in the near future.

3D Visualization: Medical personnel can learn the physiology and anatomy of the human body more effectively using AR and VR technologies. Static two-dimensional graphics are used in traditional training techniques, and a medical student must rely on his or her own mental imagination to complete the picture. Students can view every detail in full immersion thanks to XR technologies, which improves the learning process.

Skill Development Training: Another element of medical education is based solely on physical tasks such as inserting a catheter, drawing blood, and conducting procedures. While traditional techniques include learning from textbooks, slide shows, and seeing a professional perform these tasks, AR and VR technologies allow students to learn these behavioral skills by actually performing them in a virtual or mixed reality environment.

Better Patient Education: AR and other XR technologies can be utilized to deliver interactive and immersive teaching to patients who are afraid or skeptical. Doctors and healthcare professionals can utilize VR and AR not only to train tech interns, but also to educate patients during consultations. This will also allow doctors to instill confidence and trust in their patients, allowing them to make more informed decisions. Patients are significantly more receptive and accountable toward self-care when they grasp their disease and the treatment method.

Virtual Assistance: Patients may find exactly what they're seeking for quickly and easily with augmented reality-based navigation. During crises and critical situations, it can also assist nurses and other medical personnel in locating the appropriate location and equipment. Virtual aid via AR can also improve the orientation experience in hospitals and medical clinics, ensuring that the audience understands the concepts being given to them effectively and retains the knowledge.

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