AR can significantly improve the quality of care. Using smart glassses and similar devices, surgeons can monitor vitals and important relevant information (for example, provided by endoscopic cameras or scanners) while performing surgery, reducing the risks of the operation.
AR is a very useful tool for patient education, both for treatment and disease prevention. Various educational apps provide valuable information concerning a particular illness and treatment for patients and their family members. It is generally believed that human brain evolution involved development, learning and operation in multisensory environments, that is why it is considered that multi-sensory experiences, including AR, can be more effective in transmitting and processing information.
AR apps using smart glasses can be valuable digital healthcare assistants for outpatient care. These apps can remind patients about taking medicines or contacting doctors when specific symptoms occur.
How Augmented Reality Can Benefit Doctors and Care ?
Augmented reality can be beneficial for healthcare professionals in two ways – in the aspect of education and training, and in the aspect of diagnostics and treatment providing access to real-time patient data.
Medical students have always dealt with huge amounts of theory behind surgical procedures, human anatomy, and treatment protocols. And now augmented reality technology allows them to visualize the knowledge they obtain. For example, AR apps can be used to overlay anatomy data on a 3D human skeleton giving them a better understanding of how the human body works.
AR is successfully used for diagnostics and treatment. This technology is especially beneficial for minimally invasive surgeries and more complex procedures. Quick access to real-time patient data can save lives as surgeons use smart glasses, which visualize this data, do not have to shift the attention to additional devices in the operating room.