How Mixed Reality Technology Will Transform Telemedicine and Healthcare

Microsoft's Hololens is allowing hands-free help for healthcare professionals.

When it comes to healthcare, emerging technologies are capable of truly transforming the way surgeons, doctors and healthcare staff are able to provide support. Telemedicine solutions company in December Exelus announced they would be showcasing their mixed reality (MR) technology at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). So, VRFocus made a visit to them at the event and spoke to CEO and co-founder Xavier Maurin at CES about MR solution Nomadeec.

Nomadeec launched two years ago in France and at CES a next generation addition tp the Nomadeec platform was demonstrated that added MR to the service. Nomadeec is still being used with various tablets and bluetooth devices to make assessments of patients at pre-hospital care and emergency scenarios in France. Exelus have now introduced support with the Microsoft Hololens.  Enabling healthcare professionals to diagnose their patient by taking pictures, retrieving vital signs, doing ECG’s or video conference with a remote physician.

“It’s easier because your hands are free so when you are field practitioner, you have to focus on your patient so it’s magic for that.” Explains Maurin.

A joint effort between Exelus and Holoforge.io R&D departments, Nomadeec looks to provide a comprehensive mobile diagnostic and telemedicine platform. According to Maurin it takes around ten to fifteen minutes to get trained and comfortable with the Hololens, and various locations are already using it in conjunction with Nomadeec.  The platform is also compatible with all Android, Apple and Windows tablets and smartphones; making the transfer of information about the patient is easier and almost immediate. This also allows paramedics, nurses and EMT to use both tablets, Nomadeec and the Microsoft Hololens to look after the patients in their hands up until the moment they’re at the hospital.

According to Exelus the feedback gained so far has been very positive, with the ability to be hands-free particularly prasied. The developer’s is to now offer the Nomadeec platform for any practitioners or caregivers.

“Of course,” Maurin adds, “We are focusing on emergency medical services, but we think this technology can be used in many usecases in the healthcare industry.”

He believes that although this is designed for healthcare professionals at the moment, this technology will be available everywhere in the future for everybody. Exelus are seeking FDA approval at the moment and are looking to roll out to other countries soon. Watch the video below to find out more.

 

 

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