Augmented reality technology companies are hitting the healthcare industry with a barrage innovations aimed and specific applications within the industry. While these niche uses are taking the healthcare industry to a better, more effective level, the considerations of a larger scale of use for augmented reality in healthcare can make for an extremely interesting and profitable scenario.
Asthma Treatments Based off Augmented Reality Software
Sufferers of asthma in Singapore might be able to breathe easier thanks to a new augmented reality app meant specifically for them. Mundipharma recently unveiled an iOS app that makes use of a smartphone’s physical components to suggest improvements in the way an asthma patient can use their inhaler. It uses a phones microphone, gyroscope, accelerometer, and front camera to tell users how they can hold and activate their inhalers in order to make the most of it. The apps goes further to recommend lifestyle tips, reminders for their medication, and updates and alerts on changes in air quality around them. The app is currently only available in Singapore, but the high rates of success it is experiencing will allow the developers to release the app in other regions over time.
Surgical Microscopes to Come Equipped with AR
Members of the AANS Annual Scientific Meeting held in April 2017 may have already gotten to see one of the latest offerings by Leica Microsystems. The company is set to introduce its new line of surgical microscopes that make use of augmented reality to aid surgeons and medical personnel to take faster decisions and perform more accurately. The innovation is being called GLOW800 by the company and is a fluorescence-base augmented reality that superimposes NIR fluorescence over the view supported by a full spectrum white light microscope.
The president of Leica Microsystems, Markus Lusser, stated recently that these microscopes can greatly enhance the visualization power of surgeons during the intensely delicate neurosurgery procedures. While current medical procedures in neurosurgery make use of microscopes, it might not be enough in some situations. This is where the augmented reality comes into the picture and adds a layer of visual aid for the surgeon to operate to the best of their abilities and with greater confidence.