Becker’s Health IT & CIO Review | Augmented Reality Healthcare Inroads

Augmented reality (AR) is gaining traction in health care by providing us with another dimension to our physical world, and allowing us to see a digital layer of text or images to enhance what we experience in the real world.

As an example, AR can provide surgeons with 3-D reconstructions of tumors with x-ray views in real time.

While video games stimulate fantasy, creativity, and develop skills for holistic vision, the medical field has seen that AR doesn’t need to be just fun and games; it can be used as a smart tool for patient care. Although games can be lucrative, software companies are now seeing new opportunities to develop products for clinicians that provide enhanced 3-D visualization for more accurate patient analysis and treatment. This technology has the potential to be disruptive and to reshape health care. One day in the not so distant future, I can see AR being widely adopted by clinicians as a complementary tool to aid procedures, as well as assist other health care professionals and patients. More…