HEALTHCARE EDUCATION USING AUGMENTED REALITY



Technology advancement in all fields was seen in the last decade up to the present. The same way as computer and mobile technology advances, a lot of its applications are being used in various fields. One of which is medical technology. There you have AI and robotics used for critical surgeries, and now we have this augmented reality that was just imaginary years ago.
In this article, we will see the benefits and uses of augmented reality in training or educating our present and future healthcare specialist. First let us define “health education” and “augmented reality.”
HEALTHCARE EDUCATION
Health education is a profession of educating people about health. Areas within this profession encompass environmental health, physical health, social health, emotional health, intellectual health, and spiritual health.

Health education can be defined as the principle by which individuals and groups of people, learn to behave in a manner conducive to the promotion, maintenance, or restoration of health. However, as there are multiple definitions of health, there are also multiple definitions of health education.
AUGMENTED REALITY
Augmented reality is the integration of digital information with the user’s environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it.

Augmented reality apps are written in special 3D programs that allow the developer to tie animation or contextual digital information in the computer program to an augmented reality “marker” in the real world. When a computing device’s AR app or browser plug-in receives digital information from a known marker, it begins to execute the marker’s code and layer the correct image or images.
HEALTHCARE EDUCATION AND AUGMENTED REALITY
Education needs a revamp, and even more so healthcare education.  Doctors are put through a gauntlet of requirements before they even see the light of day (AKA a paycheck) and this leads to supply issues.  Currently it is estimated that the United States needs 96,000 more doctors just to meet the current needs.
Credits to Microsoft: Microsoft HoloLens
Through robust 3D training tools offered by companies like 3D4Medical which helps doctors learn about Anatomy without having to cut open a cadaver. Watch the video and see for yourself!

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