The Healthcare industry is one of many industries that is adopting the use of Mixed Reality Glasses to make advancements in their field. Although Smart Glasses technology is relatively new, it has already been implemented in multiple different medical applications.
Healthcare HUD (Heads up display)
One medical application of Smart Glasses is giving the clinician, surgeon, nurse, or other healthcare worker viable data on their field of view. This allows the Smart Glasses user to obtain information about their patient (heart rate, allergies, weight/height, ect) while remaining hands-free.
Utilizing a HUD via Smart Glasses allows for the user to stay connect with their patient while analyzing information. Instead of checking different screens or running to the results room the find out the outcome of a test, all of the information can be displayed on the users field of view.
Smart Glasses allow for certain procedures to be performed remotely instead of being confined to a certain location.
Another Healthcare application that is being revolutionized by Smart Glasses is how surgeons are receiving assistance during surgery. The surgeon can view important information on their patient, such as their heart rate, without turning away from the patient by utilizing Smart Glasses. The glasses can also overlay instructions for the surgeon to follow, guiding them through surgery.
Smart Glasses allow a surgeon to view 3D visualizations of the patients internal organs without making an incision. Pierre Theodore, a lung surgeon at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, states, “Properly designed and implemented, head-mounted technologies can aid surgeons access multiple data sources for planning and performance of intricate procedures”.
The Telehealth industry is also seeing major improvements due to Smart Glasses. Video conferencing is one of the main applications of Telehealth and is used in cases where the patient is too remote to visit a specialist.
While video conferencing has been around for quite some time, Smart Glasses allows the remote expert to see exactly what the physician is seeing while the physician remains hands-free. This process allows for more seamless communication between the two parties, cutting down on communication errors.
Augmented/Mixed Reality is clearly taking the Healthcare industry by storm, we are excited to see the advancements made in the coming years!