An augmented reality application that helps doctors and other healthcare providers train using 3D animated simulations.
Augmented reality’s most revolutionary applications have resulted from advances in mobile technology, which can point to potential benefits for the healthcare industry. Doctors and other healthcare providers simply download and install software to their smartphones that render printed trackers, or coded digital patterns.
Augmented reality is especially useful in medical training. For instance, a healthcare provider (HCP) can download a program or application to his or her phone, which presents a basic menu of medical procedures for them to choose from.
When the HCP selects one of the procedures the first screen will show where the tracking patterns must be located on the body of the patient. Once the patterns are applied, the training simulation can start. The training program will display an animated simulation in 3D, showing exactly how, when, and where the different maneuvers must be executed. The user can change the point of view of the simulation by moving the mobile device, move forwards or backwards through the animation, as well as view additional notes during specific points of the procedure.
The HCP can also use the tracking patterns to record him or herself completing the training. Later, the user can compare his or her individual execution against the animated simulation and detect possible mistakes to be corrected.
Taking it a step further, augmented reality can layer the recorded training over the simulation, and can be hidden or shown at any time to facilitate the comparison.
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