How is Augmented Reality Being Used in Medicine?

Augmented Reality in the healthcare industry is groundbreaking. Right now technological advancements like augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI) are key factors driving the current business growth in healthcare. With the help of these key factors, especially AR, healthcare professionals are now able to perform medical procedures with more precision and accuracy. How might you ask?

In simple terms, AR uses computer technology to generate virtual objects and integrate them into the real environment. AR isn’t new in the field of medicine; in fact, it has been around since 2005 when a device called a near-infrared vein finder was used to help healthcare professionals locate patients’ veins. Fast forward to now, and we have more advanced devices such as Computerized Axial Tomography which allows doctors to look deeper inside the human body and TeleHealth which is used for communication by healthcare professionals in remote areas.

3 Ways Augmented Reality is Being Used in Healthcare

Treatment For Disabilities

AR has also become a major part in treating different disabilities and impairments. An example of this is the use of NuEyes, a pair of smart glasses that help enhance the way visually impaired patients see. Brain Power, on the other hand, is an AR-based software which helps transform wearable devices such as Google Glasses into neuro-assistive AI systems that help people who have mental challenges such as autism. Here’s a video from Brain Power about the software and how it can help people with autism gain self-sufficiency and change their lives for the better.

Augmented Surgery

Augmented Surgery can do what no man was ever capable of doing. With humans in power of Augmented Surgery, we can stitch as something small as a grape.

Further, surgeons and doctors can now see their patients wherever they are in the country or the world. Even in remote war-torn areas where no medical team would dare to go near, surgeons from all over the globe can now perform extremely advanced surgery using Augmented Reality.

Ultrasound Through AR

AR has revolutionized the way doctors perform ultrasounds for patients. Dr. Amitabh Varshney together with Dr. Sarah Murthi, professors at the University of Maryland developed an AR system which displays real-time ultrasound data through AR headsets. With the use of AR headsets, doctors are able to see a unified view of an ultrasound data gathered by a probe directly attached to the patient. In this video, you’ll see another AR-based software being used to help healthcare practitioners perform an ultrasound.

Augmented reality has come a long way with surgery, ultrasound, and treatment for disabilities such as vision impairment and autism. A lot of researchers today are making groundbreaking discoveries that can help revolutionize the way healthcare professionals execute medical procedures and enhance the way people educate themselves in health. Augmented Reality will continue to make great advances in healthcare and medicine for years to come.

Augmented Reality (AR) Medical Training Is Helping Save Lives

Augmented Reality (AR) Medical Training Is Helping Save Lives

If you haven’t been living under a rock lately, you might be aware of today’s technological advancement in various aspects of everyday life. Entertainment, sports, news, business, you name it. But most importantly, it is having a huge impact on various fields of expertise, and one of them is medical training. With high-end technology taking over the generation and changing the course of history, it’s safe to say that we are headed towards a brighter future. One high-end technology in particular that has been helping the medical field is Augmented Reality (AR).

The Art of Choosing: One Mental Hack for Better Clinical Decision Making.

The Art of Choosing: One Mental Hack for Better Clinical Decision Making.

Nobody in healthcare shows up to do a mediocre job. You go to work in healthcare because you want to do a good job. You want to serve people. You want to do the best job possible, but the landscape in modern day healthcare is fertile with influences that fray on your ability to consistently make high quality decisions.  

PerSim(TM): EMS World Innovation Awards Finalist

Our mission is driven by a heart of service to educators, trainees and patients.

On the journey we have spoken to many EMS educators, EMTs, firefighters and paramedics. The dedication to the craft and preparation blows us away every time.

Thank you very much for the recognition, but frankly we are honored to serve the EMS community in this small way through our work with PerSim(TM).

The Beginner's Mind

The Beginner's Mind

Healthcare could benefit from more eyes trained specifically at looking for red flags.  Conditions that may trigger high alerts and require mobilization of critical resources.  Developing apprentices of patient safety moves beyond just creation of rapid response teams. It requires a dedication of those on the frontlines of healthcare to evergreen training and learning. This sort of training may require innovative modalities of rapidly deploying experience and knowledge to those on the frontlines.  It may require physicians think a bit differently about the traditional physician to physician apprenticeship model.  It may require us to democratize medical knowledge.

Getting from Amateur to Pro in Medical Training: One Key Concept

Getting from Amateur to Pro in Medical Training: One Key Concept

In medicine we are faced with nearly 13,000 diagnoses, over 6,000 medications and over 4,000 procedures. The variety of clinical venues and numerous individual patient contexts creates tremendous complexity.  Context is king in making the correct assessment.  Misreading or missing one detail can change everything in the evaluation and treatment of a patient.  

How Is Holographic Tech Changing Healthcare Sim Training?

This week we share a short interview with a well regarded health educator, Neil Coker, about his experience with PerSim(TM).  Neil is a thought leader in the field of healthcare sim education for allied health professionals.  


Benefits of holographic tech like PerSim(TM):

  • Adds a layer of realism to mannequin Simulation Based Education (SBE).

  • Provides easy portability without major concerns of breaking an expensive high end mannequin.

  • Engages auditory and visual senses further immersing trainees in the SBE learning experience.

Is Meeting The Needs Of The Average Trainee in Healthcare Creating Crash Landings?

Is Meeting The Needs Of The Average Trainee in Healthcare Creating Crash Landings?

After studying over one hundred physical dimensions in over 4,000 pilots Lt. Daniels came to a surprising conclusion.  Although the cockpit was designed for the average pilot (based on a core of nearly a dozen dimensions), there was in fact no pilot amongst thousands that fit the “average” when each was compared individually.  Even when using a limited core of data points, say only about three dimensions, less than 4 percent of pilots fit the “average” profile.  Lt. Daniels concluded there was no such thing as an average pilot.  Furthermore, he concluded any design driven by the average would fail, instead the cockpit needed to be adapted to the individual pilot.  

Clinical Tool Identifies A Pregnant Patient In Danger: Is It Helpful For EMS?

Clinical Tool Identifies A Pregnant Patient In Danger:  Is It Helpful For EMS?

The nation's Emergency Medical System (EMS) infrastructure occupies a vital role in society where public health, public safety and individual patient needs converge.  In light of concerning maternal outcomes the EMS professional can benefit from greater awareness of issues in this special population. In a prior post the rising maternal mortality trend in the USA was explored and though current campaigns at reversing this troublesome trend are not directed at pre-hospital providers there may be a missed opportunity in not doing so.  

A vital tool called the Maternal Early Warning Signs (MEWS) is an evidence-based tool that has been used with success in some states to improve maternal outcomes.  

A New Dawn of Simulation Captures the Imagination of Adult Learners & Better Prepares Trainees for Patient Care.

Training simulations have been used by various industries including the military, entertainment, aviation, and medicine. Aviation was the leading industry of modern simulators. In 1929, Edwin Link developed the first Link Trainer, or the “Blue Box”, for aviation training. The Link Trainer had a cockpit, controls, and motions simulating that of a real airplane. In 1934 pilots used the Link Trainer for flight simulations after twelve Army Air Corp pilots were killed in fewer than 3 months trying to deliver air mail. Army Air Corp bought six Link Trainers in order for pilots to become familiar with airplane controls and flying conditions. The Link Trainers gained popularity during World War II, when more than 10,000 Trainers were sold to combatant nations. Blue Boxes trained more than 500,000 US pilots. Today, flight simulators with advanced software and computer screens have become required components in aviation pilot training in the US.