Augmented Reality Set to Revolutionize Global Medical Education Methodologies

If you are a medical student, chances are your days are filled with reams of printed data explaining the fundamentals of surgery procedures or human anatomy and reliance on imagination or visualization skills to get the perfect understanding. However, what if instead of learning from a simple graphic of the human brain, students could actually see a 3-D form of the human brain that literally shows how the brain processes information and even walk around it to see bits of data flowing through the brain? This incredible transformation in the way students are educated is driven by augmented reality (AR), which is rapidly becoming the preferred method of research, training and education. While AR has been subject to a great amount of initial inhibitions in terms of its usability, app deployment and hardware, 2016 has seen it come to the forefront and become a mainstream technology. The global success of Pokémon Go underscores this fact. The level of interactivity that AR provides medical students and professionals in understanding the workings of the human body by superimposing digital information onto human skeletons, textbook graphics and diagrams is unrivalled. Recognizing the possibilities of this trend to revolutionize the industry has medical institutes across the world swiftly moving towards upgrading their training courses, teaching pedagogies and study materials to AR-powered resources.

Augmented Reality in Today’s Operating Rooms Traditional vs. AR Learning: An Overview

Medical students, prior to internships, learn from live examples only during dissection sessions or occasional patient visits, which often limits real-life experience and learning. AR helps close the gap between theoretical information and the real world by creating the biggest impact in learning the basics of human anatomy. A simple textbook with static images is no match to 3-D models in action that allow students to see the way the heart, lungs or diaphragm moves and sounds. For students, AR provides an X-ray vision that helps them pierce through the skin and see the internal workings of the body. This makes learning more effective and efficient.

AR-powered training methods also deliver precision. For example, students can learn from an accurate reconstruction of surgery procedures and 3-D models offering the virtual experience of being in an actual operation room where a live surgery is in progress. This makes them aware of the intricacies of achieving the highest level of medical precision.

Additional benefits AR-based training offers include better understanding of spatial relationships and concepts, easy understanding of complex theories, higher retention of information and a shortened learning curve.

The Future of Medical Imaging and Minimally Invasive Treatment Procedures

AR-based healthcare training has received a further boost due to the continuous enhancements in medical learning apps and the availability of better HMDs (head-mounted displays) such as Google Glass and Microsoft HoloLens. This is gradually changing the way in which minimally invasive surgeries such as laparoscopic procedures are conducted. In a typical endoscopy, a camera is placed under the patient’s skin to display images and critical parameters on many different monitors making it difficult for the surgeon to focus during the surgery. With AR-powered HMDs, these images can be projected directly on the patient’s body, reducing the risk and making it easier for doctors as well as students to diagnose the exact ailments. Laparoscopic surgery and procedures are particularly difficult for students to learn and gain accuracy. AR apps for mobile devices and smart glasses ensure that students can learn these complex processes in an efficient and interactive way.

Not just students, but even practicing doctors and medical staff are increasingly using AR during treatment procedures. Often patients are unable to describe their symptoms accurately, thereby making it harder for the doctors to provide treatment. With AR apps, doctors can simulate the impact of specific conditions, thereby helping patients in better understanding their symptoms and their actual medical state. While administering IV injections and fluids, nurses often struggle to find the right vein with almost 40% missing the vein in the first attempt. New AR-powered scanners can project the vein on top of the skin, making it easy for the nurses to administer IV medicines.

With more and more sophisticated AR healthcare apps being developed almost every day, medical students and professionals can look forward to accessing improved training techniques providing enhanced healthcare facilities and eventually saving more lives.

 

Fix It Faster, Save Lives: Augmented Reality for Medical Equipment

The last 15 years have seen a phenomenal change in the way we work, communicate, shop, explore and generally go about our everyday lives. And the technological transformation is far from over. The same technology that gave us the Googles, Facebooks, innumerable mobile apps and cloud platforms of the world is now set to save human lives. While the past few years have seen tremendous innovations in the field of healthcare, 2016 has been one of the biggest years for medical IT. Prominent among those include apps driving interoperability between healthcare systems, remote patient monitoring, robotic nurse assistants, electronic underwear to prevent bed sores and anti-aging drugs. However, the technology that has truly been in the spotlight for transforming the healthcare and medical industry is Augmented Reality, or AR. AR offers a seamless connection between the virtual and the real world, making it the ideal tool to be used for a range of healthcare applications, equipment and treatment procedures.

AR for Complex Medical Machine Maintenance

Augmented Reality Set to Revolutionize Global Medical Education Methodologies 

Most medical equipment today is highly sophisticated, feature-rich and has a combination of advanced electronics and software, making it increasingly complex. Thus, any operational or functional failure of such medical equipment can be difficult and expensive to detect, troubleshoot or repair. While in a normal industrial scenario such downtimes mean financial or productivity losses, in the healthcare sector it can even mean loss of precious human lives. It is in such situations that technologies like AR can enable easy and accurate tracking of equipment failures enabling quick repair, and curbing costs and increasing efficiency. In a non-AR scenario, repairing or troubleshooting such machines typically involves calling upon service technicians who rely upon large printed manuals, installation guides or maintenance manuals to repair the fault. Often if the problem is too complex, these field service technicians may need to consult experts or engineers who may be distantly located. This going back and forth may further lengthen the repairing or troubleshooting process, aggravating the inconvenience for the clinic or hospital team.

Conversely, with AR, this process can pan out differently and flawlessly. During servicing of the machine, service technicians will just need a mobile phone or a smartglass that can convert plain text or image into an interactive audio-visual that gives a real feel of the machine with intricate details clearly labeled and explained. The technician needs to then punch in the nature of error to see the repair process played “live” in front of him, making it the ideal tutorial. Apart from this, field technicians can remotely connect with experts back at the office to collaborate on the status of the machine. Both can collaborate through on-site video feeds, annotate on top of the shared videos and communicate through an audio call, all at once, ensuring that the field technician does not have to schedule another visit and can complete all troubleshooting and maintenance work in one go. It is estimated that AR can reduce installation and maintenance time by up to 30%, with 20% fewer errors in setup and repair and up to a 70% reduction in travel for field technicians—all of which eventually contributes to reducing cost for the medical facility.

AR: A Win-Win for Medical and Tech Organizations

For a critical segment like healthcare, AR’s multi-pronged benefits make it a natural fit for medical centers and healthcare technology professionals. For hospitals, it minimizes time, cost and resources needed to maintain complex systems and mechanisms, while for the service technicians and professionals it closes the service-knowledge gap effectively. Moreover, technology companies can maintain a much smaller team of service technicians that can handle a range of equipment instead of having dedicated resources for specific equipment and machines.

While a few years back, AR and VR were a target of great scepticism due to a dearth of useful healthcare apps, heavy and unfashionable smartglasses, HMDs and poor quality graphics; 2016 has seen things come a full circle with AR and VR coming back strongly to change the face of all industries and enterprises. Today, the healthcare industry is leading the pack as one of the earliest adopters of AR technology.

Top 5 Capabilities that IoT Providers Can’t Do Without

In the last five years, the Internet of Things (IoT) has been a topic of great discussion, speculation, prediction and a lot of hype. The IoT market consistently grew in 2015 and 2016 and is expected to continue its growth through 2020. While the research firm Gartner has a conservative estimate projecting a growth of 20.8 billion connected by 2020, Cisco’s estimate posts a figure at a whopping 50 billion with the scope of connections including tires, roads, supermarket shelves and even cattle. While we can only wait and hope for cows to send data about how much milk they produce each day, for now we can safely say that even by conservative estimates, the IoT market projects growth of 30 percent each year. For IoT companies, this means ramping up their offerings and building a mature model or framework that brings in the maximum value to its customers with minimum disruption and risk.

IoTKey Capabilities Required for IoT Success

1. Defined Approach to Solution Design:
This is critical for companies offering IoT consulting, specifically for industrial and enterprise customers. To provide a robust, scalable and targeted IoT solution design it is important to have a clear road map based on the customer requirements, the existing hardware or infrastructure, protocols, standards and cloud framework required. This typically includes a detailed analysis of areas like the number of things to be connected, how they are powered, whether they need a gateway or the Internet, what is the range of connectivity required, security essentials, application design, data storage type needed and collaboration requirements of people and processes, among several others. The ability to create a precise and detailed design documentation that forms the basis of the subsequent IoT project plan and the eventual solution development is a key feature that most IoT manufacturers must possess.

2. Integration Across Technology and Business:
In an IoT connected office environment there may be thousands of sensors and endpoints for a range of functions such as controlling lighting, measuring temperature, building systems operations, work systems, factory machines, security systems, etc. Each of these devices may use different protocols like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ZigBee, Z-Wave, etc. With so much variety in hardware and software, it is essential that an IoT solution connects all of them so that the data coming from them is not siloed. System integrators fill this gap by connecting sensors, devices, platforms, external data, back-end systems and analytics. Apart from connectivity, system integrators like IoT gateways perform critical functions such as protocol translation, data filtering and processing, security alerts and notifications, device management, etc. Such integration of data can further help in automating a range of enterprise and industrial functions and business processes, like predicting machine failures, managing assets, ordering parts and more.

3. Analytics:
Another key component necessary for IoT vendors and service providers is providing analytics applications that aggregate data from different connected devices and convert it into actionable insights driven by flexible dashboards. These IoT analytics applications score over periodic reporting essentially because of the real-time updates provided for every connected device. IoT analytics are key for core industrial functions like predictive maintenance, real time status of goods and materials at the warehouse and process issues, if any.

Secured data transfer4. Security:
This is arguably the biggest threat that IoT growth faces. Hence, all IoT providers must have a strong capability in enabling security across the spectrum of devices, data, network and cloud. This essentially includes authentication of connected devices and encrypting data transmitted throughout IoT systems and networks. Security systems must provide mutual authentication powers that allow only trusted and authorized systems to connect to devices, blocking any possibility of malicious attacks or hacks.

5. Service:
Last and certainly not least, delivering superior customer service through connected and remote service solutions. IoT service providers must be capable of delivering swift service responsiveness capabilities to customers spanning key features of remote monitoring, remote asset management, service agents login and ability to manage and troubleshoot workforce and resource problems remotely and without deploying on-site personnel.

For IoT solution providers, it is critical to effectively bridge the gap between the physical and digital worlds and create new opportunities for clients across industries. Only when service providers deliver strategic differentiation to their customers will they be able to emerge successful in the IoT business.

 

Article (CMSWire.com) – The IoT is Revolutionizing Your Workplace

Originally published on CMSWire.comhttp://www.cmswire.com/internet-of-things/the-iot-is-revolutionizing-your-workplace/ by Krish Kupathil on 1 April, 2016

digital graphics     What if your office could talk to you?

Imagine an office that could help you remember all the things that you needed to do during the day or week, highlighted the important client meetings happening mid-week or even notified you of an important conference call.

Picture an office that could even connect with your alarm so that you wake up earlier than normal and then sync up to your car, which tells you which route to take to avoid the morning traffic to reach your meeting in time.

While this may seem a bit far-fetched today, this is exactly how offices will be in less than five years, all thanks to the Internet of Things. Offices are rapidly evolving to more than just a few connected coffee machines or office desks.

AI-Based Decisioning

Decision making in an enterprise setting is poised to drastically change by 2020. Big data and everything moving to the cloud provides consolidated data points that can be correlated with each other within the cloud to make wise decisions.

Artificial Intelligence will play an important role and will improve each new decision taken. Think of managing traffic automatically based on the volumes of traffic on the road or managing oil and gas flows in pipeline based on an incident in the pipe ahead.

More and more complex systems like metros, trains and air flights will be managed by artificial intelligence. Everyone knows about the amazing ‘J.A.R.V.I.S.’ and the things it can do in the Iron Man series. Imagine if all employees had their own personal J.A.R.V.I.S. that could help them with their work and daily lives.

1 Connected Device

With almost every device connected to each other, workspaces are rapidly moving towards having a single device to manage everything.

For example, future workspaces would see employees using mobile devices to work, video call, connect with their car or even manage machines located at a factory warehouse located miles away.

This device will essentially become your “Personal Assistant” that “knows” which work apps you use daily, so it automatically logs you in as soon as it detects that you are about to go to the office or syncs with your calendar and knows your next meeting and adjusts your car settings accordingly, so that you take the nearest route to reach the meeting on time.

It even integrates with more advanced industrial systems to track if a machine is experiencing any downtime at a remote site, so that you get an alert that prompts you to then immediately direct the ground staff to check and fix the machine.

Augmented Reality

Today, companies offer desks for each employee. Some companies allow employees to work extensively from home.

By 2020, employees will most likely be sitting in the comfort of their homes and being projected into the office through an augmented reality (AR) system. Immersive meeting rooms backed with augmented reality would help employees to have remote conferencing with ‘live’ participants from across geographies ‘sitting’ around a table, projected through an AR system.

Virtual Reality for Training

Imagine instead of making trainees and new employees watch cliched company promotional videos showcasing the global company offices, they are given wearable glasses that will allow them to “visit” all of the offices around the world right from their desk.

Drone-Based Delivery

We are already seeing the first glimpse of drone-powered delivery systems with a network of drones being used for emergency services or providing medical aid to areas that have no or very limited accessibility. Future retailers, e-commerce companies or restaurants could utilize drones to deliver your daily sandwich, monthly groceries or bag of fresh fruits and veggies.

The Internet of Things is the most exciting new concept since smartphones and tablets.

By 2020, the typical workplace will be completely different from what it is now. While it may still “look” pretty much the same, the functionally of the workplace of tomorrow will be an amazing oasis of pervasive and meshed connectivity driven by IoT technology.

Title image “Digital Graphics” (CC BY 2.0) by Steve A Johnson

About the Author

Krish Kupathil
Krish Kupathil is the founder and CEO of Mobiliya, a global products and solutions company with expertise in enterprise mobility, security, IoT, automotive and augmented reality. Kupathil has led the company to build innovative solutions and products across the complete spectrum of secure devices, apps and cloud services, redefining mobility along the way.

Feature (MEF) – MEF Meets the Members @MWC 2016

Originally published on MobileEcosystemForum.com – http://www.mobileecosystemforum.com/2016/03/14/mef-meets-the-members-mwc-2016/, by MEF – on 6 February, 2016

Every year at MWC in Barcelona, we visit as many of our exhibiting members as possible to catch up with their latest news and announcements, get their views on how the mobile ecosystem has evolved in the past year, and where they see it going in the future. This week meet three companies from across our diverse global membership, AVG Technologies, Mobiliya and VUMobile.

MOBILIYA – KRISH KUPATHIL, CEO


AVG TECHNOLOGIES – JASON FINKELSTEIN, CMO


 VUMOBILE – KAYMUN AMIN, FOUNDER & CEO

Stay tuned for more MEFTV interviews from members at MWC in the coming weeks, and be sure to check out more member videos on our MEFTV Youtube Channel.

Press Release (Yahoo Finance): Sharp Middle East Partners With Mobiliya to Offer a Comprehensive End-to-End Solution to Educational Institutions

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Originally published on Yahoo Finance via Marketwiredhttp://finance.yahoo.com/news/sharp-middle-east-partners-mobiliya-210613959.html | 9 March 2016

DUBLIN, IRELAND–(Marketwired – Mar 8, 2016) – At GESS 2016, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Sharp Middle East and U.S.-based Mobiliya. The MOU will enable both companies the means to offer world class solutions to teachers, students and parents in schools and universities.

Educational institutions who install Sharp’s intelligent touch boards or digital display monitors, can benefit from Mobiliya’s Edvelop — a comprehensive digital classroom learning platform, available for educators, learners and parents. Institutes using this premium end-to-end solution will have the ability to offer an enhanced learning experience for their students, and an improved platform for educators and parents to connect.

Mobiliya Edvelop works across multiple platforms and devices, and allows teachers and students to connect and collaborate in digital classrooms, regardless of their location, with pre-packaged and customizable workflows. Mobiliya Edvelop also has a multitude of tools for efficient classroom management, making it the only digital classroom platform that caters to students, parents, teachers, publishers, IT administrators and management in schools and universities.

The MOU was signed by Ravinder Kumar, general manager, business solutions at Sharp Middle East and Shashank Shwet, director of marketing at Mobiliya.

About Sharp Middle East: Sharp Middle East FZE was established in 1998 in Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai, UAE as a wholly owned subsidiary of Sharp Corporation. The office is the regional hub for the Middle East and Africa regions, covering 70+ countries. Sharp’s primary business activities include audio-visual and communication equipment, health and environment equipment, information equipment, and crystalline and thin-film solar cells.

About Mobiliya: Mobiliya crafts solutions for a secure connected ecosystem for consumer & enterprise. From connected device software to IoT and enterprise solutions, Mobiliya delivers technologies across the complete spectrum of specialized devices, apps and cloud services. Our integrated, software-rich products powered by the Mobiliya IP have consistently delivered enhanced connected experiences across homes and enterprise. For more information, visitwww.mobiliya.com.

Article (eLearningIndustry): Taking Your School Online? The Top 3 Things That Chief Information Officers Should Consider

Taking Your School Online? The Top 3 Things That Chief Information Officers Should Consider

3 Top Things Chief Information Officers Should Consider When Taking Their School Online 

And, well, taking your school online IS truly one of the greatest challenges that schools face the world over: From shoring the school campus with wireless networks, to choosing the most robust Learning Management System, and from stacking up device applications to delivering educational content – this is one heck of a job. While creating a digital infrastructure for a school or K12 network, it is critical to ensure that technology does not cause major disruptions, but truly enhances the learning experience. Here are 3 things you should consider when taking your school online:

  1. Customize learning for each level.
    Going for a blanket strategy while adopting a digital platform across all levels of schooling is perhaps the biggest mistake that CIOs or school principals can make. Students have changing needs as they graduate from elementary to middle and high school, and it is imperative that their learning needs are met accordingly. Thus, customization is key and schools must be smart enough to use the right technologies in the most effective manner. For example, for elementary level kids, schools can go heavy on the gamification of content. This is when kids are at their most curious and eager age. Engaging them with fun word games, crosswords and math puzzles, along with gamified content, can be the way to go. For middle school kids, schools can opt for more sophisticated learning technologies like virtual reality. Incorporating virtual reality apps in their Learning Management System would enable kids to not just learn about different continents and countries, but actually “experience” them. This is the perfect stimulus for kids who are in the process of learning basic concepts, theories and foundational skills. And finally, for higher education, the focus must certainly be on self-paced and collaborative learning. This is when students need maximum flexibility, and providing them with tools like digital classrooms, the ability to take notes and share in real-time, conference and connect with teachers and fellow students from anywhere anytime, become vital components.
  2. Choose the right edTech platform/solution.
    Once the student needs are identified, selecting the right edTech solution is key. Everyone knows the pain of dealing with complex architectures, millions of links and screens, and of course months of training sessions. Your best bet is to move from legacy systems to the cloud to ensure deployments are faster and simpler. Also, choose an edTech platform that not only allows you to customize the learning experience for different levels but also unifies everyday tools to deliver an integrated experience. The last thing schools want is to log in and out of multiple systems for simple tasks. Every user –student or teacher– must have just one username for logging into all learning modules and tools. With just one login, students must be able to access all content, eBooks, tests, assignments, and live lectures, while teachers must be able to assign tasks, create customized courses and grade student assignments, all in one go. Also, edTech platforms must be complemented with powerful analytics and performance tracking systems that track user behavior, learning patterns, student attendance, and help manage other student data.
  3. Devices over smart classrooms.
    This is one of the most raging ongoing debates among the educational fraternity. Most K12 schools still prefer to equip their classes with special computer programs and software, compliant local area networks, and of course the smartboards that truly contribute to collaborative learning. However, smart classrooms made most sense in the pre-mobile era. With the world moving essentially to a mobile-only place, smart classrooms are rapidly becoming outdated. Especially the extraordinary proliferation of devices does make the ground stronger for device-focused or 1:1 digital education. A simple cost-benefit analysis also shows that smart classrooms require huge investments (about $4,000 per classroom) as compared to the much cheaper tablets. Also, since students can get to keep their devices, there is a great sense of ownership. While 1:1 education too has had its fair share of failures and backlash, schools can also explore BYOD or device sharing models. Sharing devices among small student groups not only makes digital education cheaper for schools, but also unleashes the essence of collaborative learning, which is rapidly taking center stage. Smart classrooms –despite all the technology– do not break the traditional mold of teacher-led learning.

With these basic features taken care of, schools, colleges, and universities can move forward with their digital programs with greater confidence and less chances of messing things up when taking their school online.