Impacts of Smart Glasses in Healthcare Sector

Before the emergence of COVID-19, there had been suggestions that smart glasses could be useful in healthcare sector. The pandemic has accelerated technological implementations to use any digital technology to solve problems. Medical professionals are struggling to address new challenges. Smart glasses with AR technology could help professionals to be more productive, regardless of the sector. With certain modifications, we could push AR into the healthcare sector. As an example, AR and VR could offer huge benefits during training for medical professionals. Visual inputs through smart glasses could improve training in healthcare sector. If we incorporate various sensors, it is possible for smart glasses to improve diagnostic performance. This is possible if artificial intelligence works in diagnosing various health issues.

When we talk about healthcare, it is also important to mention COVID-19 and whether smart glasses can help medical professionals in this sector. Wearable technologies should be very helpful in dealing with coronavirus pandemic. As an example, smartwatches can detect heartbeat irregularities and oxygen level. This could be an indication that someone has coronavirus. Although direct test to confirm the diagnosis, a combination of wearables could easily find suspects who may have COVID-19. Because people wear smartwatches all the time, it is possible for doctors to remotely detect potential problems. However, they need to receive consent from users to get their health data transmitted to healthcare facilities. There are many implementations that we could get from smart glasses.

Smart glasses may allow for hands-free documentation, so it’s easy for clinicians to measure and record important patient data. This means, there won’t be any need for entering data manually.  Smart glasses may allow for telemedicine operations. It means, doctors and medical professionals may send prescription and assessments online through AR technology. This instantly eliminate wait times, especially when there are already usable data for patients. As mentioned above, the combination of smartwatches and smart glasses should allow for rapid diagnostic. Data from sensors could be displayed on AR smart glasses and early diagnosis is possible using AI. However, doctors need to make actual diagnosis and prescribe medication. AI should speed up results, because doctors may get early reports from the software.

In healthcare training centres, it is important to use AR to speed up the education process. With information shown on wearables, trainees could instantly get relevant data. This will help them to perform better in real life situations. Due to constantly changing environments, especially during the pandemic, they need to quickly access dynamic data. The training may also involve live broadcasting. Experienced doctors and instructors could show up through VR and AR wearables depending on the situation. This should improve engagement during training process and it’s easier for trainees to learn new things. Overall, we could expect that VR and AR will eventually gain acceptance in the healthcare sector. Regardless of the industry, we will rely more on digital technology. Ease of use is always be essential, because medical professionals should get only relevant and understandable data, so they can make informed decisions.