Augmented reality and Virtual reality AR VR, the most promising digital technologies at present has the potential to change healthcare and everyday medicine completely for physicians and patients alike.
Augmented reality differs from its most known “relative”, virtual reality (VR) since the latter creates a 3D world completely detaching the user from reality. There are two respects in which 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.
The start-up company AccuVein’s marketing specialist, Vinny Luciano said 40% of IVs (intravenous injections) miss the vein on the first stick, with the numbers getting worse for children and the elderly. AccuVein uses augmented reality by using a handheld scanner that projects over skin and shows nurses and doctors where veins are in the patients’ bodies. Such technologies could assist healthcare professionals and extend their skills.
With the help of AR, patients can see how the drug works in 3D in front of their eyes instead of just reading long descriptions on the bottle. Lab workers could monitor their experiments with augmented reality equipment.
AR can help surgeons become more efficient at surgeries. Whether they are conducting a minimally invasive procedure or locating a tumor in liver, AR healthcare apps can help save lives and treat patients seamlessly.
On the other hand, VR could make remote medical examinations possible, preserve the human touch of a doctor even across thousands of kilometers, and help medical students simulate procedures accurately.
AR VR offers unique capabilities for health-related research and treatment, especially with the introduction of virtual humans as beneficial assets in the medical field. The goal with virtual humans is to create compelling characters that can engage users in meaningful and realistic social interactions. “People feel more comfortable talking to a virtual human because they feel less judged.”