Connect2MyDoctor, a telehealth platform from Melbourne-based startup Neev Tech Labs, has launched a new three-dimensional/augmented reality module for patient education.
The telehealth platform, which also operates in Bengaluru, India and Dubai, has been used by patients in more than 15 countries since its launch in 2016 and used by more than 3,000 specialists.
The web and mobile app-supported module called cARE enables specialists to easily explain anatomical structures and physiological mechanisms to patients through integrated AR.
The AR module has a list of 3D models that doctors can choose from during online consultations. One of its key features is the ability to highlight and annotate models to allow for a deeper understanding of medical processes. It also has zoom and rotate functions. According to a press statement, custom interactions can be designed and integrated as needed.
Hospitals, which are available as a standalone component, can integrate the module with their existing systems, but Connect2MyDoctor says it’s best used with their integrated platform.
In addition to patient education, the cARE module can also be used for ongoing professional development and by virtual tumor boards and medical colleges. It can also be integrated with and used for ambulatory and virtual care.
WHY IT MATTER
Connect2MyDoctor claims that its AR module can add value not only to medical education, but also to the understanding of complex surgical processes and a clearer understanding of human anatomy. Clinicians can use it during pre-surgery to help patients and their families understand a medical procedure.
The integration of augmented reality into telemedicine, the startup claims, has the potential to also change the way doctors diagnose and recommend treatment.
In addition, medical students no longer need real patient bodies to practice procedures, given the availability of a 3D/AR technology.
Australian telehealth companies have been working in recent years to build an integrated virtual healthcare platform. Last year, based in Sydney eucalyptus scored A$30 million ($22.4 million) in a Series B funding round, which will go toward the creation of behavioral health and chronic care modules on its telehealth platform.
Another company, Coviu, added remote patient monitoring on its platform to enable physicians to receive real-time vital signs from their patients during online consultations. It also recently launched a on-demand language support service on its platform in collaboration with language service provider Ezispeak Health.
ON THE REGISTRATION
“cARE, our 3D/AR module, can be a game changer not only in terms of patient experience, but will also be a great tool for hospitals. Connect2MyDoctor is working on several next-gen AI technology tools that will take the game beyond video consultancy , even as AR continues to transform telecare and patient consultation.With cARE, Connect2MyDoctor is all set to transform the way [healthcare professionals] diagnose, educate and treat their patients,” Pramod Kutty, CEO and co-founder of Connect2MyDoctor, said in a statement.