Augment Reality(AR) uses displays, cameras, and sensors to overlay digital information in the real world. AR allows a user to get the most useful information from the digital realm into their perception of the environment around them. Moreover, AR is not a new concept, it has been a part of our technological advancements for a very long time. With the advances in camera and sensor technology and AR-focused software, a user can get a practical experience of the work they are doing, especially in healthcare sector.

How can Augment Reality revolutionize Healthcare sector?

Healthcare workers have realized the benefits of AR technologies as technology gives users the ability to visualize and interact with three-dimensional representations of bodies. Here’s how augmented reality has the potential to revolutionize working practices and ultimately improve patient care.

Improving the ways of how the healthcare professionals are trained:

There’s an enormous benefit of adopting AR across the healthcare sector because during Covid-19 AR has proven to be a critical tool in developing the skills of medical students, and has received positive feedback for training purposes. AR can recreate or simulate certain conditions that will help students to practice with virtual objects that resemble the human body and organ. Augment Reality combines school learning, along with AR learning, so that the student can learn and understand better.

Practicing surgery with augmented reality

It is very essential for surgeons to practice. A lot depends on the precision of movements and the “muscle memory”. However, arranging a surgical practice can be rather difficult as practicing with real patients involves a high degree of risk and not all patients agree to it.  Surgeons practice on cadavers but cadavers cannot recreate the state of operating on a living body.

Therefore, here’s how augmented reality can actually help. It overlays the animated image on a manikin, by creating the impression of performing surgery on a living organism. Surgeons get a near-realistic experience, without posing any risk to the patients.

With different scenarios, students can practice different surgeries and other procedures in augmented reality and see how the virtual “patient” responds to their actions. Additionally, it also allows students to learn from their errors which further helps in eliminating the fear during the actual surgery and making them confident with their surgical skills.

  • Cost-effectiveness: Using AR technology to train the students or even help experts in any domain is highly cost-effective as setting up theoretical and practical training will cost significantly more.
  • Flexibility of Learning: In laboratories, students depend on the schedule and the availability of the resources, whereas with AR apps, students can practice as much and as often as they would want to. AR training can ensure better results in training the required skills. Therefore, learning with AR ensures a higher degree of flexibility, as the students can have their “labs” almost anywhere and at any time.
  • Availability of expert assistance: In case of emergency situations, Augmented reality apps can easily connect trainees or remote workers with mentors or experts who can provide instructions or assist them in real-time. When the emergency response units are equipped with AR headsets and applications, they can treat accident victims under the guidance of experienced doctors who may be miles away.

Thus, it can be affirmed that augmented reality is a powerful educational tool and is highly effective for healthcare workers as it allows them to work on a skill without putting unnecessary risk on the patient. If you have a healthcare unit and you plan to discuss the ways augmented reality can be used in their curricula, then Augment Works can help.

We can help you in planning the project, according to your budget, and can also align the tools that will help you in achieving the highest effectiveness using augmented reality. For more details, you can visit us at www.augmentworks.com.

Ghanshyam Sharma
Ghanshyam Sharma