Six Ways Augmented Reality is Transforming the Future of Health Care

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Six Ways Augmented Reality is Transforming the Future of Health Care

Six Ways Augmented Reality is Transforming the Future of Health Care

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As the population continues to grow and people live longer and longer, health services around the world come under increasing pressure. Training must become more efficient and innovative to meet the demands of today’s world.

Along with rising expectations about access to and quality of health service delivery, rising demand leads to resource depletion and escalating costs.

Health service delivery is one of the most important issues in our society. Improving the quality of training for our physicians and health care workers is the key challenge facing the medical profession, both now and in the immediate future. It is a puzzle that healthcare providers around the world are applying their time, energy and talent to solve. And technology like Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality are playing a key role.

Of all the many technologies currently applied to healthcare delivery, Augmented Reality (AR) is one of the most advanced. The ability to seamlessly combine the direct sensory experience of the real world with the full power and potential of digital information technology is revolutionary.

Simlab IT works to bring virtual reality and augmented reality technology closer to healthcare training in the simplest possible way, and within everyone’s reach.

It is this immediacy that is helping to establish AR as a cutting-edge technology in healthcare. When time and resources are essential, AR allows knowledge, skills, and medical expertise to be shared remotely on the spot, ensuring they get to where they are needed most.

How AR and VR is helping to transform the face of healthcare

Here are six ways that AR and VR is helping to transform the face of healthcare so that we can better meet the challenges we face.

Eliminates Access Limitations

How do you meet the medical needs of seven billion people when there aren’t enough doctors for everyone? Traditionally, access to healthcare has been limited by the availability of a doctor so that each patient can see face to face – long queues in surgical waiting rooms, etc. The concept of telemedicine is eliminating these limitations by standardising the concept of remote medical consultations, through intelligent devices and the Internet.

AR has a key role to play in ensuring the quality of such consultations. This is especially true in our own field of surgery. Instead of being limited to diagnosis, the Today application can perform complete surgical procedures remotely, with a specialist using AR tools to guide and collaborate with a colleague in real time. The immediacy of this exchange of knowledge means that experience can go further than ever, improving access to surgery.

Driving training

The long-term solution to not having enough medical professionals is, of course, to train more. RA is already having a profound impact on medical education, with applications ranging from 3D visualizations to life-sustaining anatomical learning, to helping practicing nurses master vital sign control techniques.

A key benefit of AR as a learning tool is that it creates a highly engaging and immersive educational experience that, by combining different sensory inputs, helps retention and a better understanding of complex concepts.

Accelerating the adoption of new technologies

Innovative new technologies that promise great benefits for the delivery of health services are reaching the market continuously at a knotty pace. However, one of the challenges facing the health sector is that there is often a mismatch between a promising technology emerging from its development phase and achieving widespread adoption.

Reasons for this delay include the costs of acquiring new technologies, the time it takes to raise awareness and the need to integrate new systems, from installation to staff training.

The time lost by these delays is time lost in providing a potentially better service to patients. RA can help.

Attendance Practice

RA is an extremely useful tool to help medical professionals complete everyday tasks with greater accuracy and efficiency, from diagnosis to procedural assistance.

The time lost by these delays is time lost in providing a potentially better service to patients. RA can help.

Attendance Practice

RA is an extremely useful tool to help medical professionals complete everyday tasks with greater accuracy and efficiency, from diagnosis to procedural assistance. The applications allow you to do things like projecting anatomical cross sections onto a patient, or displaying 3D visualizations of internal organs, so the surgeon gets a “transparent” view while planning a procedure.

Similar applications help doctors locate veins for cannulation. Future uses of AR may include electronic medical records (EMR) that are automatically displayed on a device when a physician examines or consults a patient, once again highlighting the immediacy that AR can bring to medical practice.

Empowering patients

Another intriguing trend we are seeing with the use of AR in healthcare is the development of applications that enable patients to play a more proactive role in their own care.

With an iPhone or iPad, users can now self-diagnose by matching the simulation to any distortion they are experiencing in their own vision, and even the application offers a list of suggested eye specialists in their area for further consultation.

Treatment Delivery

Finally, AR is even used to treat patients in its own right, especially in relation to physiotherapy and physical rehabilitation. The basic principle behind the use of AR in this field is that digital demonstrations can be mapped directly to the movements people make as part of their therapy. By observing themselves along with the demonstration, they can refine their movements accordingly.

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Our Take on Virtual Reality Education – Simlab IT

August 30, 2019at 6:21 pm

[…] In today’s high tech world, we cannot work without taking help from the latest innovations. Taking help of technology has become a necessity. Naturally, the field of education too uses them for its own betterment. There is no denying the fact that there are barren areas where with the help of latest technology, one can improve a lot. […]

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