Healthcare evolves with ‘Artificial Reality’ and ‘Virtual reality’

Author: Animish Raje

Designation:

Business Manager – Lifesciences

Healthcare has been part of our evolution from social as well as technology point of view. Today, we are at the cusp of a revolution aided by some very promising technologies like AR, VR which can augment, aid and deliver better care. I am sharing here a beginner’s point of view and understanding on what to expect from the new digital age.

Regardless of how I feel, I am at the very least hopeful that such technologies are collaborating to lessen people’s woes by providing higher accuracy and lesser-painful healthcare.

Tech+Med

With all the upcoming, latest technologies, the world of medicine is transforming and becoming easier as each day goes by. There seems to be a tech-related solution to any major treatment, surgery, remedy required for diseases & problems that occur when health professionals deal with patients.

Augmented Reality

In case of Augmented Reality, everything in the physical world is amplified, the four senses of a human – sight, sound, touch & smell are enhanced. The real world is seen in a better frame, with the AR technology & that allows a wider range of exploration in the AR set-frame.

Virtual Reality

For Virtual Reality, other tech devices like wearables are required. This form of reality gives one, his/her own space & time, where they won’t be aware about the outside/physical world at all. They will get engrossed in the created world of ‘Virtual Reality’ and make that world their little world for the time-being.

AR & VR in Healthcare

Augmented Reality provides 3D visualization via which doctors at the time of surgery can look at multiple angles in real-time. A closer look for precision at the organs that they are working on/around can be provided and that would result in lesser chances of errors as compared to the times of undertaking surgery without Augmented Reality. Augmented Reality (AR) is focused mainly on improving surgeries, whereas, Virtual Reality is mostly beneficial to patients in the areas where they need to overcome their fears, with the opportunity to deal with their phobias gradually and subtly, but directly.

Doctors/Health practitioners

People from the Healthcare industry have been very open to learning new technologies and they are thankful with the way AR & VR technologies have brought a massive change in the medical industry. A few illustrations are of patients suffering from burns who feel less pain when introduced to these technologies and studies show that patients who suffered from a heart-stroke have no memory of their agony after they attended the VR rehab. This brings a smile on the face of their caretakers too.

Patients benefitting medically with technology

AR & VR technologies have recently taken a leap in the U.S. and medical institutions have revealed a success ratio of patients undergoing their treatment with these innovative technologies.

New Healthcare businesses

What’s selling? Only the latest technologies, in this 21st century and other things here & there, but the most-selling is solely ‘technology’. If, you are coming up with a healthcare-oriented business, then there is no doubt that you will flourish, but if it is something else that you have in mind – you still need not worry, just make sure to highly integrate any business with technology (Transport & Manufacturing are a few such businesses).

Enhancing Patient Digital Consultation

Waiting for an immediate care & prolonged treatment is decreased with the aid of the VR technology. The teleconference system is also a medium via which remote doctors & nurses can be reached in no time, so that they can attend to patients faster.

 

Tech solution providers like Digifacets are working on specific use cases like aiding the patients in the Healthcare device use. At-home-use devices need real-time support on how to use and how to read the results. Such interesting use cases can, in fact, ease the pressure on the hospital infrastructure, which always seems to be playing catch up with the volume of caretakers increasing every day.

AR & VR are changing the world of medicine for patients and practitioners equally; showcasing diagnostic, educational as well as delivery solutions for life-taking and life-threatening diseases.

Did you know?

Studies show that more than 14 million workers will sport smart-glasses at work by 2025, that is 400,000 up from 2016.

Did you know?

By 2017, the Virtual Reality Healthcare market reached up to 976 million dollars and the estimated market value by 2020 would be over $ 1.5 bn.

Did you know?

The Health Journal reports that around 67 percent patients reported being “very satisfied” with remote health monitoring & the Virtual Reality tools reduced health costs by 25 percent.