Augmented Reality Can Play a Part in Healthcare Just As It Did in Pokémon-Go

Everyone is most probably aware of Pokémon-Go. The release of the game was on July 6th, 2016. It is a game that has made $2.5 billion in 2019. It became an instant viral smash the very day of the release, and it was a game that bought Augmented Reality out to the known. The game’s charm comes from combining with Augmented Reality. AR in the game gave users the ability to travel to real-world locations and fight over famous buildings.

Augmented Reality is about to generate a massive $120 billion by the end of 2020, as more tech brands invest in the technology. Wouldn’t it be shocking to find out that the healthcare industry is also investing in this technology? That is what is happening now.

To get to know more about how AR came into the Healthcare Industry, let us first understand how it entered the real-time world. The first proper AR system was one in USA Armstrong’s Research Lab by Louis Rosenberg in 1992.

After beginning from there, AR is in the beginning stage to a highly developed one. AR has reached the current state where it is a part of Archeology, Construction, Education, Games, Sports, Entertainment, Tourism, and Military. Little did we know that it would set foot in the Healthcare Industry.

Though the vision of Augmented Reality entering the healthcare industry is far from imagination, the growing pace of the healthcare industry is undeniable. The Healthcare Industry is growing at a speed like never before. Healthcare has advanced with the adoption of Laser Dentistry, and 3D printing to Telehealth and Telemedicine.

How is this Augmented Reality reshaping the healthcare industry? What part does it play in the industry? In which part of healthcare is Augmented Reality used? This article houses the answer to all of those questions. These are some real-life examples to give you a clear picture of where and how Augmented Reality optimization happens in healthcare.

Augmented Reality Optimized in the Smaller Parts of Healthcare

Condition Description by Patients to Healthcare Providers:

Describing a symptom or a condition is not as simple as it seems, and the doctor understanding it accurately while describing it isn’t a piece of cake either. Sometimes a patient may describe it as an overreaction and sometimes an under-reaction. Ophthalmology, for instance, is a great example to portray this situation.

There is a medical app that uses the camera display to simulate the impact of a specific condition in a person’s vision. It can demonstrate the effect of cataracts or AMD and assist patients in understanding their actual medical symptoms.

Sometimes this can also help a patient to experience the long-term effect of a condition. It can motivate them to make positive changes in the long run.

Finding Veins Gets Easier and Less Time Consuming:

There are companies out there that are using Augmented Reality to make both patients and the nurses lives easier. Vinny Luciano said, 40% of IV’s miss the vein on the first attempt and this number gets higher for the elderly and children.

There are handheld scanners that project over the skin and show nurses or doctors where the vein in a patient’s body is. This method has taken place with over 10 million patients in the healthcare industry.

Motivational Running:

Just imagine walking alone through a dark ally, you hear small noises at the back of you. When you turn around, you see Zombies. What would be your first reflex at that moment? To say hello, Surely Not! It would be to run.

The same effect is used by many health facilities to motivate patients and make their activity more fun, for instance, in physiotherapy, when a patient needs to run. Hard work becomes more fun when it is a game, and time flies by without even being acknowledged.

Pharmacy Companies are leveraging it:

Everyone has been curious about how a drug can work in a body. Several Pharmacy Labs out there are helping their patients see how a drug works in their body. That part might have been for the patients, but do you know what it is for the company? Well, with AR, several pharmacy factories are working without hands-on training as the AR system tells them what to do and how to do it.

Anatomy has gotten Interesting:

This aspect is revolutionizing the medical sector. Students are now seeing the human body in 3D instead of the usual working method that is pictures or written descriptions from books.

Augmented Reality Optimized in the Bigger Parts of Healthcare

Augmented Reality in Surgery:

Surgery is one of the most critical parts of healthcare services. Surgeons do the most to get the best life-saving outcomes from them. What Augmented Reality brings to surgeons is more than just pleasing. What if a surgeon who can perform surgery on a particular person but it was a mock surgery? Yes! Shocking as it is, it is true. A surgeon can perform surgery through Augmented Reality on a patient before performing the literal surgery.

Diagnosing with Augmented Reality:

Diagnosing what a patient is going through can be done through AR. With Augmented Reality glasses, headset, apps, and catheters, doctors can diagnose various diseases and conditions of a patient.

A Doctor’s Practice:

Real-life uncertainties are unpredictable, and not all doctors have the experience of dealing with these uncertainties. The future can never be predicted, or doing the same thing twice is not possible. But what is the one thing that can be done in real life so doctors who are practicing can gain that expertise? Through AR, doctors can now come up with a real-life medical situation. Rather than being trained with what’s already happened.

For instance, touch surgery is a mobile simulator that can provide situations with a step-to-step guide on what to do in the real moment.


While the healthcare industry is taking its place in Artificial Intelligence, Telemedicine, Wearable technology, Femtech, and E-health, it’s taking its share of AR too. It’s often a misconception that the healthcare industry is slow to change as they deal with human lives. This growth is live proof that the healthcare industry is always up for improvements and developments.

Augment Reality in Pokémon-Go kept every one of the android and IOS users on their toes. AR in the healthcare industry has a very similar effect in the healthcare industry, and it not only make things simpler but also includes enthusiasm for the users.

About Tim Smith

Tim Smith is a marketing strategist and analyst at HealthExeData, which offers innovative solutions when it comes to providing healthcare marketing solutions, data quality management services, and appending services. The team of expert data researchers from HealthExeData helps to provide the most ideal healthcare prospects to the customers. Twitter Handle @HealthExeData