Despite being in the early days of adoption, augmented reality (AR) and virtual (VR) are already delivering a transformative impact on healthcare systems worldwide. Both multimedia technologies are bringing new opportunities for healthcare professionals in enhancing the physical and mental health of patients.
In the clinical setting, AR and VR are helping care teams and physicians at the point of care. For instance, surgeons can use a heads-up display to provide a data overlay on the patient’s body during surgery or to visualize the entire procedure during pre-surgical planning. This heads-up display allows the user to see either real and projected objects or data at the same time. AR is beginning to enable clinicians with the ability to project medical images, such as X rays, directly onto the patient and in alignment with the patient’s body—even as the person moves—to provide clinicians with more precise lines of sight into internal anatomy. In the educational setting, undergraduate and graduate medical education programs are increasingly incorporating AR and VR enabled medical devices and other related solutions. One specific example would be the use of virtual cadavers in anatomy training, which can be extended to practice sessions with an AR-enhanced smartphone.
Another area where AR and VR are showing immense promise is in the treatment of a range of mental disorders. By allowing patients to experiment and interact with stressful or new environments, both AR and VR act as powerful facilitators of personal change, addressing complex thoughts and feelings. At the same time, VR is also used in helping amputees to get accustomed to their state and experience once again their missing limbs.
At this juncture, there is a wide variety of AR and VR-based healthcare solution providers entering the industry with a set of advanced and integrated offerings. To help companies strengthen their healthcare capabilities and simultaneously enable growth in the industry, Healthcare Tech Outlook has compiled a list of the top 10 AR/VR based applications for the healthcare industry. The list comprises prominent organizations in the industry that solve healthcare challenges by implementing the current trends in the space. Besides, the magazine also comprises insights from thought leaders in the sector on the industry trends, best practices, recent innovations, and their advice for the aspiring CIOs.
We present to you Healthcare Tech Outlook’s “Top 10 AR/VR based Application for Healthcare Industry – 2020.”