The main priority for any piece of immersive technology is to simplify and/or enhance our lives.
We have seen countless examples of how both Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality have done exactly that. And nowhere have such changes been as pronounced as in the healthcare sector.
Here at Laduma, we have worked closely with this extremely broad sector, producing bespoke VR training assets, as well as creating immersive marketing experiences for healthcare providers.
The latest example has been our work with Intermountain Healthcare. This saw us produce an immersive and interactive projection experience at HiMMS – the world’s leading global healthcare conference in Orlando.
The healthcare industry as a whole is embracing such innovative solutions.
Immersive technology gives healthcare organisations the ability for early diagnosis. Technology can quickly and accurately process a lot more data than a human. So, AR tools enable us to dramatically reduce human errors in diagnosis and the correct treatment for that patient. This results in doctors being able to treat a larger number of patients. Reducing risk is key.
Laduma has filmed open-heart surgeries in 360°. This assists the training of junior surgeons without the risk or disruption of these incredibly intricate and high-risk operations. VR & AR technology makes medical training more interactive and helps students to use the theory in the real world.
Augmented Reality also plays a huge role in surgeries, where it has been proven to save lives. AR gives healthcare institutions the ability to create 3D reconstructions of organs/tumours which will enable surgeons to become more efficient on surgery operations.
A strong example is a spinal surgery. It is often a long process, but technology has enabled surgeons to cut the costs and improve results. The Israeli based start-up company Augmedics created an augmented reality headset specifically for spine surgeons. The technology overlays a 3D model of the CT- scan on the spine so the surgeon gets an augmented kind of X-Ray vision.
Immersive Technology benefits patients in many ways. It has the ability to produce better-informed decisions about the right treatment and illness prevention. It can also be used for educational purposes. Although AR apps cannot yet find diseases and symptoms, they can offer the opportunity to understand how our body works better.
VR and AR can can also create better aftercare, with augmented reality apps helping people leaving hospitals to stay on track with their treatment at home.
Besides from the obvious role of caring for patients, immersive tech can help to reduce staff overload by automating those repetitive yet important tasks such as scheduling, accounting and managing health records and paperwork. Therefore, creating a better workflow manager and accounting.
The future of immersive tech is an extremely positive one. As healthcare costs continue to grow it seems we believe it will play a key role in improving and simplifying healthcare.