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Holoxica director says holograms help patients better understand their conditions

Wendy Lamin, director at Holoxica, has spoken to Health Tech World about the benefits of the company’s 3D holographic system and the firm’s plans for future growth.

The Edinburgh-based company’s ‘Holo-medicine’ is designed to benefit patients by enhancing remote consultations, helping people understand their conditions and surgical procedures more clearly, as well as reducing the strain on the wider healthcare system.

The technology recently reached the first stage of its development, which was reported on by Health Tech World last week.

It enables patients to be in the room with their doctor remotely, without the need for expensive headsets or artificial environments. Bottom of Form Clinicians can also review ailments in 3D and make accurate medical diagnoses quickly, while surgeons can also share pre-operative scans and anatomical visuals.

The technology combines components such as a depth camera and Looking Glass light field 3D display, as well as Holoxica’s proprietary software. This includes 3D Telepresence, a ‘Holoviewer’ to view anatomy models in 3D and Volumeviewer to view medical scans.

Lamin said: “This software really is about informing, educating and empowering the patient so that there is an informed consent but also that you take a bit of the anxiety of the patients away.

“Research has shown that both medical students and therefore also patients can understand the complex human anatomy so much easier through seeing holograms and 3D visualisation.

“I had a stroke seven years ago while I was on holiday in Belgium, and with a stroke you need to be on the ball within 15 minutes to reduce the impact on the brain. So, if you can have a 3D video conferencing call when you expect somebody has had a stroke, they can call the doctor and the doctor can immediately see if there is a droopy eye, if you can raise your arm, or if you can smile.

“For patients it saves a lot of time and money, but also for the doctors, because they could just jump on the call and could do it from anywhere, anytime, improving their work life balance. And if the doctors and the nurses are happy, then you know that it will reflect in the quality of care for the patients, as well as reducing the time for unneeded emergency visits.”

The funding to create the technology was provided through the Government’s modern industrial strategy by Innovate UK.

Lamin also spoke about the company’s search for further investment and possible future developments.

“We have submitted another innovate UK proposal, together with a cancer renal surgeon, the Scotland 5G centre and Professor Muhammad Imran from Glasgow University.

“We need engineers, networks, graphics, and so we still need a bit of money. We are actively looking for investments and then we hope that we can realise this as soon as possible because there is going to be long lasting ramifications with COVID, and telemedicine is here to stay.

“We really think that in the future people are going to have 3D screens everywhere they go. That is our mission, bring real 3D to life for average people, and who cannot wear these golden headsets.”

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