Immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are used in the Healthcare sector, allowing users to behave how they would in the real world, but at the same time be in an artificial environment centered around the user through a headset, head and body sensors.

However, both technologies used in Healthcare sector couldn’t be more different. VR is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment, while AR is an enhanced version of reality with the technology adding additional elements or images and there are creations with both. The Healthcare industry is creating new applications that support the training of medical professionals and the delivery of health services and improve the health outcomes of patients, performance of caregivers, and everyone in between.

In recent years, the Healthcare industry has recognized the incredible benefits these innovative technological advances can offer to physicians, nurses, support staff, patients, and their families. Just like the other previously mentioned industries, Healthcare has followed suit and is continuously implementing AR and VR technologies into daily operations throughout hospitals, clinics and even patient homes.

PaleBlue has created simulations using Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) for giving the right tools to the Healthcare personnel at the right time. The technology has proven its impact – for Augmented Reality, look at the success of Pokémon Go – and PaleBlue is already changing Healthcare and everyday medicine completely for physicians and patients alike.

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PaleBlue Patient VR

Medical education is not just for medical students and medical professionals. Patients are often eager to understand the details of operations they will undergo, and this PaleBlue’s VR approach is a huge leap forward in improving patient education. Instead of showing patients pictures and drawing diagrams, physicians can virtually immerse the patients in an actual surgery (as an example) from the point of view of the surgeons.

PaleBlue Health Professional VR

PaleBlue’s virtual reality (VR) technology is already transforming the medical landscape. From professional’s education (like physicians, nurses, and support personnel) to clinical applications, virtual reality has started to make changes in healthcare community. The possibilities for using virtual reality in healthcare are endless. Is there a situation in your department where virtual reality could be useful?

PaleBlue VR Therapist

PaleBlue has proven that therapy (all types including occupational and physical therapy), benefits greatly from virtual reality. In a traditional therapy session, there may not be enough repetitions of a limb movement to gain motor improvement efficiently. Virtual reality allows for more repetitions making for a quicker development of motor skills. PaleBlue has seen these games take patients’ minds off of the fact that they’re completing repetitions of the same movement.

Augmented Reality

AR in Healthcare
Augmented reality differs from its most known "relative", virtual reality (VR) since the latter creates a 3D world completely detaching the user from reality. There are two respects in which AR is unique: users do not lose touch with reality and it puts information into eyesight as fast as possible. These distinctive features enable AR to become a driving force in the future of medicine.
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Patients can describe their symptoms

Patients often struggle when they have to describe their symptoms to their doctors accurately. In other cases, people often find themselves overreacting a medical situation or on the contrary, belittle the problem. In ophthalmology, augmented reality might be the answer for patient education.
finding symptoms using AR

Nurses can assist patients better

PaleBlue is using AR technology to make both nurses’ and patients’ lives easier. Users of PaleBlue technology allows nurses and doctors see through patients’ bodies. Technology has been used on more than 10 million patients. Such technologies already assist healthcare professionals.
assisting patients using AR

Pharma companies can provide more innovative drug information

Have you ever been curious about how a drug works in your body? Even if you got interested in discovering how the distant world of pills and medicaments work, I bet you lost all your enthusiasm after you read the boring and undecipherable drug description. Now, augmented reality is here to change it.
use of AR in pharma companies

Augmented Reality for Healthcare

Augmented Reality specifically is really beginning to make its mark in the healthcare community. We are early adopters within healthcare and we are reaping the rewards of implementing AR across many areas within the medical community. The role of augmented reality in healthcare is forecast to keep increasing, so we’ve outlined and built a few ways that AR benefits patients, healthcare professionals, and even communities.

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