Medical professionals use HoloLens to visualise anatomical data. Credit: Microsoft

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Nursing students at the Southern Institute of Technology in New Zealand are using Microsoft HoloLens to visualise key Covid-19 symptoms and practise full patient interaction

Quick read

➨ Using mixed reality technology, students can experience what it’s like to deal with a real patient suffering from the virus in a safe, controlled environment
➨ HoloLens has already become part of the Southern Institute of Technology’s long-term curriculum
➨ Covid-19 detection and treatment training has proven to be a ready application for immersive technology

The story

Students at the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) in New Zealand are using Microsoft HoloLens headsets to learn how to treat Covid-19.

Using mixed reality technology, they can experience what it’s like to deal with a real patient suffering from the virus in a safe, controlled environment.

Microsoft’s flagship immersive technology headset presents STT students with realistic, 3D holographic patients that allow them to visualise key symptoms and practise full interaction.

HoloLens has already become part of SIT’s long-term curriculum. Karyn Madden, a second-year programme manager of SIT’s nursing degree, was full of praise for the headset.

Madden said: “Being able to work with holographic patients is actually even better than real life, as it’s safer and provides a much wider range of clinical situations than would otherwise be possible.”

Dimi Mardas, education industry manager for Microsoft New Zealand, expressed delight at how valuable SIT students are finding HoloLens.

Mardas said: “SIT is a leader in using augmented reality in New Zealand education, and we are thrilled with the successes they are seeing. It means that students no longer need to be in specific settings in order to gain hands-on experience, so far more people can access the skills they need.” 

“We’re looking forward to working with SIT and other education institutions around New Zealand to explore how else we can support learning and skilling using augmented reality.”

Covid-19 detection and treatment training has proven to be a suitable application for immersive technology.

One of the largest National Health Service (NHS) trusts in England began using Microsoft HoloLens on its Covid-19 wards earlier this year to keep doctors safe as they help patients with the virus.

US-headquartered immersive learning developer GIGXR’s virtual reality-based HoloPatient: Covid-19, created in collaboration with the NHS and Health Education England, prepares healthcare workers and students to identify and treat the novel coronavirus.

Beyond training, Vuzix joined the fight against the pandemic when the headset maker introduced an AI-based system to its Blade smart glasses. Together, they screen and detect individuals in a crowd that have an elevated temperature.

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Main image: Medical professionals use HoloLens to visualise anatomical data. Credit: Microsoft

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