Medicine + Augmented Reality + “The Good Doctor” show from ABC. Bonus: InsightHeart (AR App)

Augmented Reality in Healthcare will be Revolutionary!!! Quote from medicalfuturist.com
AR is one of the most buzz words around tech today. It is also known to be the most promising. We all know games like Pokémon Go, which surpassed the daily time usages of FB, Snap or Twitter on average in iOS devices. Then comes the new game Apple will launch in the new Iphone X and 8, which seems hopeful, as well as apps for fun and games like snapchat videos with “dinosaurs” or SpaceX rockets landing in your back yard, or real-time emojis following your voice.

Someone’s blog couple months ago talked about art in NY with an AR app and how you would walk around Central Park looking at virtual sculptures. I was skeptical, and still am, but that is a reality, and people love it. This, I think, at the beginning will be mainly for people interested in having time for themselves to play and game with these new apps on the new phones.

Apple is the first company that managed to incorporate a camera for AG without any lens. One thing is virtual reality, but another is Augmented Reality. I do believe this will revolutionize companies and other industries such as Healthcare. Google glass is the other company who is in this race. As a matter of facts, Rafael Grossmann, first surgeon who operated with Google Glass

There are several start-ups in the Healthcare industry who are trying to innovate and enter the business of AR and medicine. This start-up company AccuVein is using AR technology to make both nurses’ and patients’ lives easier. … AccuVein uses augmented reality by using a handheld scanner that projects over skin and shows nurses and doctors where veins are in the patients’ bodies. This is only one of the dozens of companies who are also using this kind of tech to make lives better for patients and also make them more efficient for doctors, nurses, and surgeries.
This tech probably will come hand-on-hand with 3D printing. This way you can know exactly what size organs you need to print. You can later project if this organ will be “good enough” for the patient, and finally, you can practice surgeries with this 3D printed organ and HoloLens or any other AR device.

Coming back to Rafael Grossman, and how he changed and is changing the world with his innovation, comes to another app called, Insight Heart, which takes medical education to the next level. At first, I researched the app and read what you could do with it, but using my new Iphone X; I decided to buy and download the app. It was only $1.99, and worth it.
You can see a heart as if it was there. The heart opens up in 3D, showing its unbelievable anatomy, you can rotate, zoom and go inside of the organ. Obviously, Apple has integrated this app with its HealthKit app. This way you can check how your heart is beating after a workout or just as you wake up in the morning.
If you move closer, you can fell as it vibrates through the phone, the heart-pounding, move out and you hear the ECG louder. Feel free to ask me in class to see this app.
Finally, you can see abnormal hearts and understand heart conditions. This is yet another way these apps will change history. Find some photos of the app!

 

Finally, “The Good Doctor” is a show from ABC about a boy who has autism who is a revolutionizing doctor. Not only because of his attitude, good heart, but also its innovative decisions and intelligence. In yesterday’s episode, he uses HoloLens-like device to practice, perfect and operate an open-heart surgery.

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4 comments

  1. Personally, I actually think AR could have the biggest impact of the emerging technologies in the short term. Unfortunately, I don’t see many companies really pushing the boundaries here. I think the potential value of a layer of digital information on top of the real world has a ton of potential. Would make smartphones obsolete (and look quaint in hindsight).

  2. I have a two roommates who are both nursing students at BC and both complain about finding patients’ veins–how it is painful for patients and a difficult feat for nurses. AccuVein sounds incredibly helpful for both parties! Tech, especially AR, in the healthcare industry should definitely get further investment, but I wouldn’t be surprised if such tech faces a long road ahead from regulation and pushback from those thinking that it’s creepy.

  3. Great post, Diego! My sister is a med student and I most definitely need to show her the app!! I think it is so revolutionary how AR is being used in the medical field, even for personal use as well. I think this will also help EMTs who have limited amounts of time to diagnose patients to get a more real-time grasp on what is going on with patients before they reach the hospital. For the healthcare industry, I agree that it will help the accuracy of diagnosis, but also patient turnover.

  4. Really well done. I think the idea is very cool, and that applications have tremendous value in educational purposes.

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