How is elearning health getting better through augmented reality?
Over time, medical practitioners are facing many challenges in the workplace. It’s because they have to upgrade themselves with the dynamic compliance laws. But elearning health ensures that such professionals are taught through an efficient and effective method.
Elearning health is needed where surgical students pursue surgical education through remotely located specialists and perform better surgeries in the future.
Telehealth is useful in this case because sometimes, the students don’t have colleges available where they live however elearning health systems provide sufficient training to them.
Through AR-based smartphones with OS including AR 7.0 or iOS 11 or higher available at the student’s place, their live feed using surgical tools is transmitted to the specialists who then analyze it. When the students have completed surgeries on dummies, they can get a score from the specialist and a demo of how to use the tools properly. The AR-enabled devices can capture images from 0 to 65 meters.
Elearning health is useful for live surgeries where the doctors can see a 3D monitor showing a specialist how to use a tool on synthetic skin.
Elearning health aids in the remote inspection of surgeries and patients through AR:
The surgery in remote areas is successful even when a doctor can’t visit such a place in person. These devices are highly useful in the patient’s case because the doctors can infer data from the patient’s biometrics sent through AR glasses worn by the operating doctor. Moreover, By wearing AR glasses while examining the live video feed of patients, the doctors can watch the relevant medical record stored in the patient’s electronic health records.
Useful in emergency conditions:
This technology is highly useful for immediate post-operative care needed by an accident victim. The doctors can get all the information about the victim through his AR-based Smartphone’s camera, like his vitals, previous health records and location. The AR app on his smartphone measures all his vitals and scans his medical records for any medical stats. The doctors can watch these stats on their stand-alone AR headset or an AR app on a smartphone, or on a PC with an AR headset.
The AR technology works on the software installed on the AR device, which can be a Smartphone or a tablet with an AR app, stand-alone AR glasses(don’t require a PC to watch the AR stream), with an AR headset on a PC.
The viewer can watch such a stream on any of the devices mentioned above.
Remember, the movie Terminator, where the Cyborg can measure and see the vitals of any human being through his augmented reality vision. Not only that, he can also get his vitals stored in any medical records. The cyborg has standalone AR glasses installed instead of robotic eyes.
The EMS(Emergency Medical Service) team, which might take time to arrive at the accident scene, can ask someone to help the patient because this team has his vitals, like his blood pressure and can see his injuries in depth through the 3D-based incoming video stream on smartphone etc.
Necessitated due to pandemic:
The need for elearning health has been imposed due to the remote consultation sought by the patients due to the pandemic. The patients have been getting themselves checked through telemedicine. In fact, during AR-based virtual calls, a doctor can inspect a patient for any presence of conditions through physical screening. Through AR, the doctors can ask a patient to take his medicine once his vitals show increased blood glucose levels or blood pressure.
Elearning health helps in telemedicine for chronic conditions:
Patients need doctors to resolve their queries virtually. There are also chronic diseases that have no cure except for the patient to take his pills regularly so that his condition doesn’t get adverse. This is possible in the case of an affliction like Alzheimer’s, where the patient can forget to take his medicine. But smart pill dispensers ensure that the patient can take his medicine at the right time without anyone reminding him. An email or a text message alert is triggered to the doctor in case a patient has not taken his medicine. Also, if the patient consumes his dosage, the dispenser locks itself, preventing the patient from consuming the medicine any further.
An inbuilt alarm in such a dispenser rings at the patient’s time of taking his dose.
The telemedicine approach includes appointments between the patients and the doctors via a video conferencing tool. Since the doctor can see the patient in the video calls, he can assess his environment to know whether anything specific is causing the allergy.
Telemedicine is also useful for mental health patients because the caretakers and other family members can attend their calls. Such calls are useful for such patients because sometimes they cannot leave their homes and travel to the doctor’s clinic for a visit. They are also useful when a doctor is out of town due to any reason. Some patients have low immunity due to their age or conditions like pregnancy, and it’s not feasible for them to come for a clinic visit as their health condition can get compromised. But a virtual call with a doctor saves them the danger of getting infected.
Telemedicine is also useful in the case of pediatric counseling for children when their parents don’t have time to take them to a doctor due to their chock-a-block office schedules. But with such professional services, they can attend their child’s meeting with the doctor through a video conferencing-based call.