Healthcare and Augmented Reality
The Cleveland Clinic Foundation is always on the lookout for new technology to help with patient care. Recently, they started exploring the idea of using augmented reality (AR) devices to monitor patient health.
Capturing objective, quantitative data about patient health is extremely important for devising a care plan. Augmented reality devices like the Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap ML1 have sensors that can help collect this data.
Parkinson’s disease (PD), a disorder that affects movement, was the first disorder we explored.
I was tasked with designing and developing an application that could run on AR devices to collect patient data.
Measuring upper and lower extremity function was a priority for this project. I designed software for AR devices that can measure walking speed, balance, manual dexterity, and tremor.
The data produced by this software is being compared to established measures, including data generated with a full motion capture system.
The AR software is currently being used in a research study to collect data on patient tremor, movement speed, and balance.
No real patients are depicted in any of the above photos. Stock photography from Shutterstock.com.