What is Augmented Reality?
It is a technology that adds value to the real world by overlaying and displaying real-time digital information and media such as videos and 3D models. It can be viewed on smartphones, tablets and wearable tech like smart glasses.
Augmented reality is among the most promising digital technologies at present. It is already making inroads in several industries, including healthcare. It has the potential to change healthcare and everyday medicine completely for patients and physicians. There are two aspects that makes AR is unique: users do not lose touch with reality and it puts information into eyesight as fast as possible. These distinctive features enable AR to become a driving force in the future of medicine. Health services researchers are developing creative approaches by involving innovations in organizations, financing, the roles of health professionals and use of technology in order to improve the quality of healthcare.
Augmented Reality is significantly reducing risks associated with minimally invasive surgery. Thanks to AR surgeons can now wear smart glasses during the procedure and stay focused on the task at hand, thereby minimizing mistakes and reducing the need to multitask.
AR apps can be used to illustrate the impact of certain diseases and can also educate family members of patients about pathology and consequences of particular conditions. Augmented Reality tech also helps during painful and unpleasant procedures such as taking blood from a patient. Management of a patient’s aftercare is another region where this revolutionary technology can be implemented. For instance, Augmented Reality apps installed in smart glasses can act as a healthcare assistant and remind patients when it is time for their medication or by encouraging them to eat better and exercise more.
The application of Augmented Reality is two-fold for doctors. Firstly, the training and education aspect, which helps trainee physicians better visualize and treat health issues. Secondly, quick access to real-time data and patient information enhances their ability to diagnose and treat conditions more effectively. Documenting patient’s medical information and allowing first responders send this information to the hospital prior to the patient’s arrival, helps the hospital to be better equipped. AR can also increase a surgeon’s field of view by overlaying an enlarged 3D version of vital organs as they conduct complex surgeries.
Many AR healthcare apps and devices have already made their way into the world’s leading hospitals. The future of medicine is on the brink of major change, which will be a transformative experience in healthcare for the hospital, patient, and medical practitioners alike.