Corona crisis: Telemedicine becomes more important than ever

When it is no longer possible for us to meet, communicate and exchange in face-to-face, keep appointments, hold meetings, advance our work, pursue hobbies, see our loved ones, there are a variety of digital telecommunication alternatives: from live video chats, augmented and mixed reality to holoportation.

To protect ourselves and our loved ones, we need to isolate ourselves. But accidents, chronic and new diseases will not wait until the corona pandemic is over. Here too, the best possible health care must continue to be provided.

  • How can we perceive our visits to the doctor and at the same time stay in isolation?
  • How can a highly qualified physician with his knowledge and experience continue to save patients’ lives during quarantine?
  • How can an expert be in several places at the same time to assist his medical colleagues with advice?

The corona crisis is challenging our social structures in both the private and professional spheres. Our health and bureaucratic systems are being put to the test and questioned – how flexibly are we able to react and act in these challenging times of the corona virus?

Telemedicine provides flexibility

It is undisputed that telemedicine has many advantages. The question is rather why it has been used so rarely so far. It saves us money and time, conserves resources and enables us to operate on a larger scale. Since all the necessary structures and technologies are already available, telemedicine can be used quickly and easily.

It gives us the opportunity to make appointments with doctors even in isolation, without endangering ourselves or others. Doctors in quarantine can continue to work and be there for their colleagues and patients. Experts around the world can be consulted.

Telemedicine with mixed reality

Telemedicine can be carried out on a basic level with the help of laptops. Challenges arise in the clinical environment, for example, when the doctor called has to look at a wound or follow the course of an operation. This is where the use of mixed reality is required. The doctor on site wears mixed reality glasses, the HoloLens from Microsoft. With the help of the software VSI Holomedicine, he can call his colleague, talk to him, exchange information, display virtually all important patient information, but especially – and this is the big advantage – show him his view from the glasses. This allows him to view the patient, the wound and the operation in detail, giving him a precise and comprehensive picture of the situation. This enables him to support his colleague with experience and knowledge in the best possible way.

Telemedicine as Holoportation

Holoportation is another technological step further. It enables not only telecommunications, but also a personal virtual exchange. This may sound contradictory at first glance. With the help of special cameras and VSI Holomedicine, the holoported doctor is recorded along with all movements and displayed in real time in the mixed reality glasses of the doctor called. This works in a reciprocal way: even the operating room including patient and operating doctors can be projected ia holoportation to the expert on the other side of the world. The expert can follow and monitor several operations simultaneously. He sees all the details, can call up additional information and communicate directly with the doctors.

Making a lesson out of the crisis and making our health system more resilient to crises with Holomedicine