Silver Chain Group unveils HoloLens-powered Holographic Doctor for remote specialist consultations

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Holographic doctors are something from Star Trek, but it may soon be coming to your humble abode if community care provider Silver Chain Group has their way.

The company has just unveiled an application for the Microsoft HoloLens which would enable what they call Enhanced Medical Mixed Reality (EMMR), designed to empower nursing staff while on home visits with hands-free data and also to ease access to specialist advice and assessment from remote specialist doctors.

With EMMR, all the patient data appears to be floating in front of the nursing staff. Doctors can holoport in, and can see through the lens of what the nurse is doing – creating a seamless and integrated client or clinician experience of patient care. When remote clinicians are called on, they can see live biometric data and can talk to the patient, family members and the nurse as if they were in the same room, enabling expert decisions about patient care to be made in real time. When the patient is wearing the headset it is as if the doctor is in the room with them, and can offer them face to face consultations to discuss their treatment.

The mixed reality application was developed for Silver Chains Group by Saab Australia, who was the first HoloLens Agency Partner in Asia Pacific and who was also responsible for The Sandbox, a 3D visualisation tool for the Royal Australian Air Force.

The application will be trailed with 650 clients who are currently receiving services as part of the organisation’s virtual hospital service.

“Our research indicates around 30 per cent of people don’t need to be in hospital and could be receiving the same safe, quality treatment at home where they feel more comfortable with the added benefit of freeing hospital beds for critically unwell patients,” said  Dr McGowan, Silver Chain Group Chief Executive Office.

“EMMR will enhance the delivery of our services, further supporting our clients to remain at home, rather than be transferred to a hospital,” Dr McGowan said. “They won’t have to travel for appointments and clinical specialists can remain in central locations while still providing personalised care and saving the health care system time and money.”

See the technology in action in their video below:

Via Community News

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