Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the healthcare industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. So, let’s take a look at promising Augmented Reality (AR) knowledge supplementation solutions.
Heat Map: 4 Top AR Knowledge Supplementation Startups
For our 4 picks of AR knowledge supplementation startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 130 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Orca Health – Enhanced Patient Management & Education
Augmented reality aims to help medical professionals with fulfilling their everyday work responsibilities while they can concentrate on their most value-added services – highly skilled medical work. It includes easier access by doctors to patient’s clinical history (via a headset), medical note taking through voice recognition and further outsourcing these tasks to transcribers. The US company Orca Health helps medical professionals coach patients on how to make better decisions for their health and well-being. One of its major products, EyeDecide uses a camera display to simulate various vision disorders in augmented reality, educating and encouraging individuals to make a health-conscious choice. This approach also allows the patient to visualize what particular problems they have at the moment.
HelpLightning – Interactive Assistance (Telepresence)
With the advent of AR and lowered cost of headsets, young and inexperienced surgeons are increasingly turning to the technology during their first operations to receive assistance from their more experienced counterparts. This AR is similarly used in remote care and consultations from doctors without the need for patients to visit a clinic. The US-based company HelpLightning gives experienced surgeons a possibility to guide and interactively assist their less skilled colleagues during operations in real-time. Smartphone and tablets are used by remote professionals to project their hands in mixed reality so that the individual receiving help can see exactly what should be done.
Augmentarium – Contextual Information Overlay
By combining everyday work scenarios and complex relevant contextual data, AR, through overlaying this information, improves the efficiency of medical professionals’ work and gives them a chance to focus on what is truly important – examining, diagnosing and treating patients. Augmented reality can minimize distraction during surgeries or the examination of a patient by overlaying the needed medical data or information in the doctor’s field of view. A laboratory at the University of Maryland, Augmentarium, develops an augmented reality tool that projects the ultrasound imaging to a doctor’s Microsoft Hololens headset, letting them thoroughly inspect the patient without having to constantly shift the attention onto a screen.
Augmedics – Surgery Duration Optimization
The work of a surgeon is very time-sensitive, as the patient’s health and life are often on the line. AR has the potential of providing professionals with capabilities that were previously nonexistent such as cutting the time of surgeries while increasing the rate of success. By combining high-quality visualization or 3D objects with real-world surroundings, a potent medical tool is created. This includes an overlay of CT-scans over the patient’s body, reconstruction of tumors in AR and much more. Israeli Augmedics develops a high-tech tool to project a 3D model of an individual’s CT-scan onto a patient during spine surgery, effectively giving the doctor almost an X-ray vision and enhancing the precision of the surgical interference itself.
What About The Other 126 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 AR knowledge supplementation startups showcased above are promising examples out of 130 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.