Here's How AR and VR is Restructuring Healthcare

CIO Review Europe | Thursday, November 25, 2021

FREMONT, CA : Advances in digital healthcare technologies, such as artificial intelligence, virtual reality, 3D printing, robots, and nanotechnology, are altering the future of healthcare right before our eyes. We must keep up with current events to be able to influence technology rather than the other way around. Working hand-in-hand with technology is the future of healthcare, and healthcare workers must embrace innovative healthcare technologies to stay relevant in the coming years.

Explore how Augmented reality (AR) and VR in which medical technology is reshaping healthcare.

AR

AR varies from VR in two ways: users do not lose connection with reality, and information is delivered as quickly as feasible. These distinguishing characteristics allow AR to become a driving force in the future of medicine, both for healthcare providers and for patients. In the case of medical practitioners, it may assist medical students in better preparing for real-life surgeries while also allowing surgeons to improve their skills. This is already happening at one university, where students utilize the Microsoft HoloLens and the HoloAnatomy software to study anatomy. Using this method, medical students have access to full and accurate, albeit virtual, depictions of the human anatomy to study the subject without the need for real bodies.

VR

VR is transforming the lives of both patients and doctors. In the future, one might be able to witness procedures as if they were the surgeon or might be able to go to Iceland or back home while lying in a hospital bed. VR is being utilized for training future surgeons as well as to practice surgeries by current surgeons. Several companies have developed and delivered such software programs, which are currently in use with promising results.

According to research, VR-trained surgeons outperformed their traditional-trained colleagues by 230 percent. In addition, the former was speedier and more precise when executing surgical procedures. Patients benefit from the technology, which is effective in pain control. VR headsets are being given to women to help them picture relaxing surroundings while in labor. When patients with gastrointestinal, cardiac, neurological, and post-surgical pain used VR to distract them from painful stimuli, their pain levels decreased.

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