From helping Doctors in China to manage the Covid19 outbreak of 2020 through to remote consultations, Telemedicine has come a long way and Augmented Reality (AR) will take it even further. The wearable computers that forms the foundations of AR, connects patients paramedics and the spectrum of health care practitioners with subject matter experts (SME) anywhere in the world. Quickly and securely with live video calls and the latest guidance.

"There is a difference in the level of expertise of the ambulance workers. With this tool, we can can help the ambulance staff with more advanced treatment" Lars Olav Fjose, Chief Medical Officer. Innlandet Hospital Trust

AR saves time, save lives and is increasingly being used around the world for Medical Training; by Paramedics in the field to get support; as an extra pair of eyes in Operating Theatres and on hospital wards. The AR solution Metro is proposing uses the same headsets and is virtually identical to the solution used by Chinese Health Professionals in their fight against the Covid19 outbreak.

  • on-site staff connect with remote experts for support and guidance
  • eliminating the need for, cost and delay associated with experts travelling
  • enhanced collaboration and training
  • enables experts to efficiently serve and support colleagues

Here's a case study from the Norwegian Ambulance Service.

Not only does AR deliver expertise to those who need it but can also be enhanced with tools like temperature scanners. How does this help? As a practical example practitioners and support staff e.g. Security Guards, can scan and measure the temperature of patients from a distance.

AR is in use in China today help Chinese health professionals manage the Covid19 outbreak.

One application for AR in the Covid19 outbreak is high-resolution audio and video communication. The headsets are worn by Junior Doctors in the isolation area who are in real-time communication with Senior Experts (Consultants) in safe areas. A safer and more efficient and effective way for the Senior Experts to do their patient rounds being more accessible to more Doctors at the same time. Another Covid19 application could include expert support to Triage Nurses automatically recording patient details as they assess each patient. No contact and no paperwork. All data ready passed onto medical systems.

A picture of a medic with a headset

Real Wear, an AR world leader, is bringing it's experience of working with Chinese Health Professionals on the Covid19 outbreak to help Health Professionals globally.

"one doctor or nurse wears the HMT-1 [Headset], checking the patient’s health and condition inside the isolated zone or infected zone, while the other doctors will play as a mentor role in the clean zone. By doing this, they can check and talk with the patient via RealWear’s hands-free system. Of course, this will reduce exposure to cross infection and cut down on the depletion of protective gear and equipment."
Michael Lyu. RealWear China

As a direct result of that experience Real Wear has created packages to help Health Professionals get up and running quickly and we're here to help Health Professionals in the UK and Internationally, benefit from these packages. To help you get up and running quickly.

A photo of the RealWear Medical Kit

With our partners, Metro is able to turn around all aspects of the solution fast. To fast-track tools that helps speed up medical processes e.g. to speed up triage, with data being automatically and "hands-free" recorded then sent to NHS systems or to another system e.g. to a "staging" data repository. And if the applications need updating then we will do that immediately, verify them with the appropriate people and redistribute them to your team for immediate use in near real-time.

Metro is in regular contact with Directors throughout our Supply Chain. Whilst demand is high and growing as the Covid19 pandemic grows, we are confident we can fast-track urgent requirements, deliver quickly and make sure your people are trained up and fully supported.

Health professionals and organisations wanting to fast track use of AR to help them through the Covid19 outbreak please contact Metro on 0203 906 1400 or 0203 146 9125. These lines are open 24 hours a day.

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