How can Extended Reality Help Improve the Healthcare Sector?

If quality of life and its expectancy have improved and increased exponentially in the last century, it has been thanks to two fundamental aspects:

  1. The good results obtained in medical research
  2. And the enormous advancement in technology.

Extended Reality is not only improving our lifestyle and wellbeing but also helping in healthcare reforms. The combination of both elements in the health sector allows today to facilitate the work of health professionals. They are able to work with greater precision, for example, during a surgical operation. Moreover, it also helps the patient, especially those the most vulnerable groups in society (disabled, children, the elderly and the chronically ill).

What is Extended Reality?

Extended reality (XR) is the trendy term that has evolved to combine the spectrums of real and virtual environments. Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality, and Virtual reality can be considered as its sub categories. However, XR provides us a bridge between these environments and helps us switch between them effectively.

Top 3 Use Cases of Extended Reality in Healthcare Industry

XR can assist with mitigating a patient’s agony, as inundating them in the experience during their treatment occupies them based on what’s going on. For instance, at a university in Canada, students developed a virtual reality-based game that would keep cancer patients busy during chemotherapy and thus distract them from their pain.

This would lead physicians and healthcare providers to better understand their patients by engaging them in experiences. However, that allows caregivers to walk in their patient’s shoes and see what they experience. As per a leading Healthcare app development firm, this can significantly increase interpersonal trust in the doctor-patient treatment relationship.

Immersive technologies also have the potential to allow clinicians to perform surgical simulations. A surgery simulator can be created with the help of extended reality to train doctors. Using a surgery simulator, the need for a patient and corpse is greatly reduced.

What if doctors could scan a patient’s body and immediately point out any health problems? As intriguing as it may sound, it is now possible with an XR app. A suite of immersive technologies can be combined using 3D models to detect patient diseases. Certain health problems like tumors or broken bones, and others can also be detected using such apps. In addition, some AR app development service providers state the images in the app can be used to show patients a step-by-step procedure of their possible surgery.

Extended Reality: Key Tool for Doctor-Patient

The fact that extended reality is an immersive and interactive technology capable of adding artificial elements to a real setting. We have seen that our AppStudio has opened a wide range of applications for doctors and patients that improve medical training, diagnoses and treatments. Below, we show you some of its many possibilities:

  1. Help the patient to correctly apply a treatment. Augmented reality allows teaching the patient how to administer the treatment recommended by their doctor.
  2. Apply treatments to overcome phobias and psychological problems. With virtual reality, psychiatrist doctors help the patient to face their fears through projections, recreating real situations with which they can interact. This treatment system, for example, is being applied successfully in people who have a true phobia of arachnids.
  3. Plan and perfect surgical procedures with simulations. Surgeons will also have the opportunity to view 3-dimensional images or animated graphics, based on real cases, to improve planning in surgical processes or through simulations, minimize errors, perfecting their level of precision on the operating table.
  4. Conduct rehabilitation sessions. The physiotherapist will be able to inform and teach the patient, through an avatar, which exercise table is the most suitable for their recovery or how to correct bad posture habits.
  5. Facilitate the integration of people with disabilities into real life. Virtual reality is a perfect tool to help people with functional diversity to be less dependent and to break their social isolation.
  6. Complement medical training. Thanks to mixed reality glasses like Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, medical students will be able to see their superimposed holograms within the real stage during their classes, for example, to examine and interact with the 3D anatomy of a model. Android & iPhone app development is also used with the integration of VR to simulate surgeries and give lectures.
  7. Extend the use of telecare in the elderly. Through extended reality and telemedicine, more precise control can be maintained over the health of older people and consequently increase their quality of life.
  8. Adapt medical information to special children through AR. Augmented reality, through the creation of a virtual zone of games, helps special children so they can understand and assimilate the information. That too without difficulty and in a pleasant way.
  9. Offer better support and care to the chronic patient. This technology not only serves for the patient to follow his treatment correctly but also to motivate him when he is tired, down, or about to abandon the treatment.

Final Thoughts

AppStudio has developed some marvelous digital solutions and mobile apps integrating extended reality and other environments. Especially to fight Covid 19, we are developing state of the art mobile apps for medical practitioners and organizations. We always prioritize the clients’ requirements and guide them concerning modern technological solutions. Got an idea? Contact us under no obligation for further details!

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