While there are numerous examples of hospitals using HoloLens to assist physicians, surgeons, medical professionals, and students while treated patients the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford uses the Augmented Reality Headset for improvement Patient Care Experience
The hospital's CHARIOT program (Childhood Innovation Reduction through Innovation and Technology) uses Augmented and Virtual Reality experiences to reassure children by undergoing a variety of potentially painful or stressful procedures, such as blood sampling for surgical preparation , 19659003] This Children's Hospital uses HoloLens & Augmented Reality to reassure young patients in medical procedures ”
Patients see an AR experience developed by Miney Moe and the CHARIOT team Couple of animated 3D characters in their room as a distraction from the pain into which an IV was introduced to their arm. It's also a learning experience as virtual friends take the time to explain what's going on. Medical assistants can control or track the experience via an iPad.
The program is set up in the Packard Children's Treatment Center, including the newly opened Bonnie Uytensgu and the Family Surgery and Intervention Center.
"Every time you have a child in the hospital, it can be stressful for the mean whole family, "said Dennis Lund, MD, Interim CEO, Chief Medical Officer and Pediatric General Surgery at Packard Children's, in a statement.
"In our new center, we not only improve the quality and safety of treatments, but also focus on making the experience easier for patients and families as much as possible."
And while the innovative approach is welcome, A $ 3.5 AR headset does not seem to be as practical as much cheaper VR headsets such as Oculus Go, Samsung Gear VR, or Googl e Daydream, which also take patients completely out of the stressful environment.
In the case of patients such as the 11-year-old A.J. (see HoloLens in the video above) who want to see how [ARC] does the procedure, AR seems to be the right recipe for calming patients while they are being held at the moment.