The use of augmented reality in the healthcare industry is currently valued at $850 million and is predicted to reach $5.1 billion globally in the next five years. This sizable growth indicates the positive impact of using augmented reality in healthcare. From explaining a diagnosis and proper care to educating the medical team, augmented reality is improving the level of care provided in hospitals.

Augmented reality technology is helping to improve outcomes for patients. When time and resources are of the utmost importance, augmented reality allows medical knowledge, skills and expertise to be shared efficiently and effectively. For example, there is an augmented reality application that maps the veins in a patient’s body to show the location of veins to assist in IV placement. For use during surgery, there is an app that shows tumors in three-dimensions to aid in radiation exposure. There is also a technology that allows surgeons to overlay images onto the patient during operation to show the bones, the course of the blood vessels, and identify exactly where the surgical targets are located. Technology and applications like these can reduce the time a patient spends under anesthesia and as well as reduce the margin of human error. 

Augmented reality is also proving useful as a tool for patient education, allowing medical professionals to explain surgical procedures and the way medicines work. To help patients better understand complex diagnosis, augmented reality models allow patients to engage and interact with 3D models. Through virtual touch and manipulation, both patients and care providers can visualize the effects and practice procedures. 

When it comes to education, augmented reality technology helps increase learning retention and understanding for healthcare workers who have to learn a huge amount of information about anatomy and the way the body functions. Augmented reality applications give learners the ability to visualize and interact with three-dimensional representations of bodies. Surgeons trained using virtual reality performed 230% better than those trained using traditional methods. Using augmented reality, doctors can take a 360-degree perspective to do a deeper dive and gain important insights about the intricacies of a device or procedure, resulting in a more memorable experience than watching a video or viewing a presentation slide.

Though we are still in the early stages of augmented reality in healthcare, hardware and software advances have reduced the cost of augmented reality while significantly improving the experience for patients and healthcare providers. Forward-thinking healthcare providers are investigating the potential benefits of augmented reality for their patients. If you are ready to talk about how augmented reality can benefit your medical practice, contact QuantumERA.


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