Nadine Hachach-Haram’s vision of the future of surgery and healthcare – where augmented reality (AR) can be used to improve access to care and collaboration to keep up with patient demand – has now reached more than one million people across the globe.
Speaking at the TedWomen conference at the end of last year, Nadine introduced the simplicity of the Proximie model, an AR telehealth platform, to provide that next revolutionary stage in healthcare advancement.
She said: “From one device to another, over distance, a specialist can virtually ‘scrub in’ over an internet connection, and use AR to make their presence felt in theatre, guiding, mentoring and demonstrating.
“AR…allows two people in remote locations to interact virtually in a way which mimics what they would experience if they were collaborating in the same room. It means one can physically show the other where to make an incision, or use gestures to illustrate a technique, rather than just talking about it.”
Proximie is enabling patients in the UK to undergo surgery or treatment at their local hospital instead of having to travel to a specialist centre. Elsewhere, doctors in California have shared their expertise via this AR platform with colleagues in Peru, to allow surgeons there to learn new techniques beneficial to their patients.
“The capabilities of the Proximie platform are huge,” said Nadine. “It allows for a greater collaboration of learning and sharing of knowledge between doctors, as well as providing patients with access to specialist expertise regardless of their postcode.”
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