Sports Medicine AR
The history of medical illustration has evolved into sophisticated computer simulations for a more hands-on, practical enhancement of surgical procedures and emergency care. Known virtual medical simulation programs, this type of software development has recently experienced a significant advance in its feasibility and range of influence. DDA Medical has been a pioneer in the development of virtual medical simulations, with a Tabby Award for a VMS named The Best Healthcare iPad App of 2012. DDA has also been featured on the cover of Medical Design Magazine for several of its VMS projects completed for Philips Healthcare.
Both Apple and Android recently introduced their new development platforms for augmented reality, known respectively as ARKit and ARCore. DDA launched AugmentedReality.health as a brand reporesenting its focus on the emerging field of medical augmented reality application development. Augmented reality represents the latest state of the art in the application design and development, with unprecedented graphic and interactive features integrated into the experience. What's more, augmented reality allows the computer-generated graphics, information, and interactive features to be layered into the 3D environment around the device, offering new interactive capabilities with the real-world environment around the user. One of the key areas augmented reality can have a positive and immediate influence is in the field of sports medicine.
Sports medicine is a unique combination of medical specialties, from orthopedics to advanced pain management and physical therapy. Whether used directly in practice by medical professionals, used in training for prospective trainees, or developed as a way for medical professionals to interact with, and provide therapy for, their patients, augmented reality is poised to transform the way we employ medical information in a dynamic context.
Simulation training has several key benefits worth noting. Virtual training lowers both the cost and the risks of real world training, while improving the engaging and immersive aspects of traditional methods. With the advent of Apple's and Android's AR application development platforms, the widespread availability of advanced training will have the potential to expand far beyond the confines of traditional institutions, serving to establish and standardize a core set training and therapeutic protocols within any professional medical context.
Users can select a sports medicine augmented reality app on their mobile device, whether it's a smartphone, tablet or hands-free option. Augmented reality uses video from the device's camera as the basis for the visual field and interface, and has the capability to enhance the actual setting with virtual objects customized for a specific purpose. This allows for training within real-world clinical environments using real or virtual tools on simulated patients to give a tactile learning experience with the no-risk environment of a virtual medical simulation. Virtual avatars can act as guides for procedures, with operational arrows layered onto virtual 3D patients. Floating text, graphics, charts and other data can be linked to real and/or simulated objects as well, acting as a complete informational landscape that immerses people in a dynamic, real-time learning experience.
Medical professionals can interact with patients using a sports medicine app, with dynamic arrows that indicate the patient's range of motion, giving them targets to hit for increased flexibility. Patients can use a sports medicine app to guide them through their therapeutic, recovery, and/or training exercises, helping them to position themselves into various poses and stances and to ensure that they're reaching targets for flexibility, endurance, strength, and more. Progress can be tracked over time, and clinicians and patients alike can see how patient performance is measuring up to set goals. Visualization tools can also allow patients to understand the mechanics and dynamics of their movements, and indicate how to optimize their performance in an immersive visual format.
AugmentedReality.health is an award-winning developer of custom software application concepts for healthcare, with over twenty years of experience and a long list of satisfied clients. AugmentedReality.health launched its first AR project in 2009, and is excited about the many possibilities ahead for augmented reality application development. AugmentedReality.health's facility is located just outside of Philadelphia, and its team of experienced professionals is skilled at addressing the core goals of any custom software development project. AugmentedReality.health employs a methodical, step-by-step approach to innovative application design, allowing the company to create practical, scalable solutions that provide long-term value and the flexibility to move with the changes in the market. Whether the project requires database development, eLearning and certification programming, 3D computer modeling and animation, graphic design and multimedia production, or any type of custom software programming and design, DDA is able to do it all in house. This allows AugmentedReality.health to maintain excellent communication with clients, and ensure a flawless end-user experience across every platform and to every device. If you want to know more about DDA's augmented reality application concepts for sports medicine, or if you have another idea you think is well suited to augmented reality app development, contact us today.