AR Healthcare Market Soaring on Future Applications

by Guy Frum

AR Healthcare Market Soaring on Future Applications

Although most people’s best representation of augmented reality (AR) likely continues to be the 2016 mobile app game Pokemon Go, which sent players out to wander the real world in search of the most valuable pocket monsters.
Other than its popularity, the game is unfortunately most memorable for causing distracted players to wander into private buildings, national memorials, and occasionally into traffic.
Much like any new technology that takes a big step forward from the conventional, the non-entertainment world hasn’t been as quick to get behind AR, but that is starting to change rapidly when it comes to healthcare.
The market size of AR in the discipline was valued at $609 million in 2018, but the number is expected to soar by 609% to an estimated value of $4.24 billion by 2026.
That huge surge is a great indicator that industry leaders believe AR is not merely a flash in the pan but a technology that will be a great benefit to the industry for years to come. 

It’s already being a number of fantastic settings, such as at Queen Mary University of London, where a professor, Shafi Ahmed, puts on a Microsoft Hololens headset while making his rounds in the ward, thus providing his classes in a lecture theater the opportunity to watch his bedside manner and procedures via a livestream process. Not only can students watch his day-to-day movements but they are seeing the patients quite literally through his eyes, giving them experiences that they would otherwise not receive, such as access to X-rays and CT scans, as well as an up-close look at the patient

AR Benefits

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a guiding light to medical practices taking place without actually being in the same room as the person administering the care.
Just think how commonplace televisits seem these days compared to 2019 or earlier. A big frontrunner for AR in the medical field is as an assistance tool for surgeons. We’ve all seen the operating theater in television shows and movies where the surgeon is focused solely on the task at hand while other medical professionals keep track of a patient’s vitals. 

With an AR-guided technology such as Microsoft Hololens, the headset can show real-time patient data including breathing rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and heart rate, along with pre-operative images to ensure that the procedure is going as planned. This also guarantees surgeons the ability to access patient data, such as known allergies or previous procedures, in real time.
AR also has great benefits for the ability of nurses and doctors to detect veins, a process that can be very traumatizing for some patients who hate being stuck with a needle, and really hate having it happen over and over.
AR can be combined with a laser-based scanner and a digital laser projector to identify the best and most accessible veins without the painful trial-and-error process.Less pain, faster service, better care. It all adds up.