Although there is a large number of hospitals that host HoloLens to assist doctors, surgeons, medical workers and students in the treatment of patients, the California Children's Hospital of Lucile Packard in Stanford uses augmented reality to help patients.
The Childhood Anxiety Reduction program uses the experience of augmented and virtual reality to help children calm down when they are exposed to a variety of potentially painful or stressful procedures.
Using the AR program developed by Miney Moe and the CHARIOT team, patients see a couple of animated 3D characters in their room that should distract them from pain. Also, characters share educational content: explain to patients what is happening to them and tell interesting facts about the work of doctors. Medical assistants can monitor what is happening with the help of the iPad.
The program is used in the Packard Children's medical center, including the newly opened Bonnie Uytensgu and Family Surgery and Intervention Center.
"Every time you have a child in a hospital, this can be a real stress for the whole family. In our new center, we don’t just improve the quality and safety of treatment, but also concentrate on making this unpleasant experience for patients and families as soft as possible," Dennis Lund states, interim general manager, chief doctor and pediatric surgeon at Packard Children's.