Augmented reality helps the medicine to fight COVID-19

For several years, we’ve seen a growing interest in augmented reality apps outside the game world. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the use of AR in medical services and surgeries becomes more popular.

Microsoft HoloLens System

 

At the beginning of 2020, the Royal University of Health’s CHS Trust led a project to introduce MHL (augmented reality from Microsoft) for high-risk healthcare providers in London’s hospitals. This is an unmanaged mixed reality headset that improves the interaction between the doctors who fight for the lives of patients.

Equipped with Dynamics 365 Remote Assistance, HoloLens allows doctors to work with remote technicians in real-time. Moreover, they can work at a safe distance from the patient, remotely controlling medical devices.

 

HoloLens sends a direct video of a doctor who is treating patients with COVID-19 to a doctor in another room. This allows other health care providers to examine patients on the spot.

 

According to Imperial College London, this reduces staff exposure to high-risk areas by 83%. Also, it minimizes the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), because only a doctor, who examines patients on the spot, should wear it. Hospitals can save about 700 PPE units in each room every week.

 

While wearing HoloLens, doctors can see 3D digital models in their physical environment. They can interact with them through hand gestures, eye-movements, and voice commands.

 

They can also view patients’ records, such as x-rays and scans using hand gestures. While wearing a HoloLens headset, surgeons can talk on the phone without hands with colleagues who work in other medical facilities. They can even contact medical professionals from anywhere in the world, which allows them to receive important medical advice in real-time.