Augmented Reality (AR) is making waves in a number of industries, from Formula 1, to manufacturing, to education. However, one of the biggest sectors benefiting from AR technology, in literally life-changing ways, is healthcare.
The leap forward we have seen in the capabilities of health technology over the past few years has been staggering and Augmented Reality is becoming a doctor’s dream, as applications of the technology are presenting a seemingly endless list of ways to improve patient care.
Have you ever needed a blood test or IV drip and found it has taken more than one painful attempt to get the needle in the right place? Hospitals can be scary places and feeling like a pincushion does nothing to improve the doctor/patient experience. Evena medical uses smart glasses to shine near infrared light onto a patient’s skin to identify veins beneath. Digital cameras then project this in the field of vision of the practitioner making it easier to get procedures right, first time. For very young and very old patients identifying veins can be time consuming for nurses and distressing for patients, however technology such as this has the ability to make the process easier for patients and medics alike.