What is the role of augmented reality in medicine


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Tyler Alexander


Brief

Augmented reality (AR) is increasingly playing a role in medicine. As technology for AR improves – both from a hardware and software standpoint – AR tools will become ubiquitous throughout the healthcare field. AR solutions can benefit a variety of stakeholders in medicine – including providers, patients, and other non-obvious parties. Yet, AR simultaneously has the potential to distract and divert attention away from pertinent pain points in the field. These distractions typically come in the form of “sexy” new AR tech that appears cool but doesn’t actually solve a problem in the space. And while pursuing new technology and approaches for excitement is important, it is also important to ask if AR is being applied as a practical solution to real problems. There are tons of real healthcare problems that AR can be applied to immediately. And yet, very few AR products actually address pain points where the tech is necessary and sufficient to solve the problem. I am a believer in expanding the boundaries of technology and science even if the solutions are not immediately obvious. However, it is equally necessary to ensure that — as the we push the boundaries of AR and increasingly use it in medicine — that the problems we are addressing are ones which truly need to be solved through augmented reality.