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The Healthcare Industry Is Embracing Smart Glasses

The Healthcare Industry and AR Smart Glasses
The Healthcare Industry and AR Smart Glasses

As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, several market verticals have been affected, including logistics, field service, manufacturing, and healthcare.

Health care has seen the greatest change as a result of the pandemic, and no other industry has experienced it as much.

The outbreak has not stopped despite the implementation of social isolation measures to help reduce the viral spread. The imposed safety measures and overrun healthcare systems have limited healthcare facilities, doctors, and hospitals globally.

Due to limited access to doctors, telemedicine has become increasingly important to address health issues not directly related to the virus. Smart glasses are a key tool for this solution since they allow care workers to diagnose patients' specific health problems, even without specialist assistance.

Among the things that smart glasses can do for telemedicine are reduce travel time or eliminate it altogether, as well as providing remote communities with healthcare. Medical training can take advantage of smart glasses in a number of ways, including offering students a completely new perspective. Multiple displays can simultaneously display surgery video, which can also be streamed to multiple locations.

Patients may be provided with care with smart glasses by nurses or physician assistants if they are onsite or offsite or connected with nearby doctors. The smart glasses will allow doctors to monitor patients remotely, including ultrasounds, without needing to be in the patient's room. Wirelessly connected monitoring devices can also be used to collect data. It is relatively simple to relay the data directly to the smart glasses display.

Are smart glasses capable of improving healthcare?

The use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) for training has several benefits, especially for distance learners. With the pandemic, virtual classrooms are becoming more advanced, alongside extended reality (XR), which makes training healthcare providers more immersive.

Using smart glasses to improve diagnoses is also becoming more common. You can consult a colleague thousands of miles away or use glasses to receive clinical data via artificial intelligence from a consultant thousands of miles away."

Increasingly, AR glasses are used for telemedicine applications to readily access electronic medical records. Health wearables may have a role to play in capturing and providing vital medical data.

Health care and wearable technology: how do they relate?

The use of wearable technology can benefit healthcare professionals in a number of different ways.

  • By wearing smart glasses, doctors can capture and store patient data hands-free. This will eliminate the need to enter data manually.

  • Telemedicine reduces wait times for patients and lowers the risk for healthcare providers by providing assessments and prescriptions remotely.

  • With automatic data recording, you waste less time converting physical files into EMR-compliant format.

  • Diagnostic accuracy and speed can be increased significantly with second opinions - from colleagues or artificial intelligence algorithms.

  • In-depth training can be provided with AR glasses even when it is not possible for the staff to attend in person.

  • Healthcare professionals can record and live-stream key medical procedures with connected AR devices for later training or assessment using connected AR devices.