AR in Medical to Hit Its Stride with New First Responder, Surgery, and Training Applications

Oyster Bay, New York - 25 Oct 2016

While medical augmented reality (AR) activity today stems largely from first responder trials and initial forays into training and education applications, ABI Research predicts the market will hit an inflection point between 2018 and 2019. The market will then experience accelerated growth through expanded telemedicine and surgery use cases, including remote surgery viewings, preparations, and enhancing the operating room experience.

“Before medical AR reaches its inflection point, several key milestones need to be met,” says Michael Inouye, Principal Analyst at ABI Research. “Early first responder trials need to move forward to deployments. Expansion into more medical education applications will be critical, because they will ensure that AR becomes a tool that future professionals learn and can use after graduation, in the medical field and beyond. Interest for AR in surgery shows great promise but will require significant investment as well as safety trials.  We expect to see this all start to take shape as early as 2017.”

Companies like Pristine (AR “see what I see” applications), Ubimax (AR software and services), and Vuzix (AR hardware), are already laying the foundation for the anticipated medical AR ramp-up. And while telemedicine already uses teleconferencing to provide remote connections between medical professionals and their patients, in the coming years, it could greatly accelerate the uptake of medical augmented reality, particularly if smart glasses use cases expand.

“Medicine, like any industry, will leverage new technologies to improve efficiencies and performance; and the move from a per-service structure for reimbursements to performance or quality of care will encourage this outreach for new technology,” concludes Inouye. “While the uptake of augmented reality might lag behind other industries, in part due to an often more rigorous vetting process, growth is certainly coming.”

These findings are from ABI Research’s AR in Telemedicine, Training and First Responder Medical Applications. This report is part of the company’s Smart Home, Transformative TechnologyVideo, OTT, AR & VR, and Wearables & Devices sectors, which include research, data, and analyst insights.

About ABI Research

ABI Research provides strategic guidance to visionaries, delivering actionable intelligence on the transformative technologies that are dramatically reshaping industries, economies, and workforces across the world. ABI Research's global team of analysts publish groundbreaking studies often years ahead of other technology advisory firms, empowering our clients to stay ahead of their markets and their competitors.

ABI Research提供开创性的研究和战略指导,帮助客户了解日新月异的技术。 自1990年以来,我们已与全球数百个领先的技术品牌,尖端公司,具有远见的政府机构以及创新的贸易团体建立了合作关系。 我们帮助客户创造真实的业务成果。

For more information about ABI Research's services, contact us at +1.516.624.2500 in the Americas, +44.203.326.0140 in Europe, +65.6592.0290 in Asia-Pacific or visit www.abiresearch.com.

Contact ABI Research

Media: Interview an Analyst

Media Contacts

Americas: +1.516.624.2542
Europe: +44.(0).203.326.0142
Asia: +65 6950.5670