3 Startups Using Augmented Reality in Surgery

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel famously said, “We wanted flying cars, instead we got 140 characters.” The comment obviously refers to how technological promises often fall short of expectations. While there are plenty of companies building flying cars (or, as we call them, helicopters), his point is a valid one. Take the example of the behemoth startup Magic Leap, which teased us for years with awesome-looking videos of whales doing Seaworld tricks in your living room. Instead, we got some vague-looking steampunk glasses that you can use to play Angry Birds in your living room. That doesn’t mean augmented reality (AR) is a failed technology. Far from it. AR is being used today in real-world applications, perhaps none more exciting than surgery.

We first started documenting this trend of augmented reality in healthcare settings a couple of years ago with companies like Augmedix, a startup out of San Francisco that has now raised $63 million for its AR platform that pairs up with Google Glass. Augmedix provides physicians a hands-free way of pulling up patient data and recording medical notes without the need of a computer. The company claims its AR platform helps save doctors about two hours a day, time they can spend on more worthy malpractice pursuits. Since then, we’ve done some deep dives into how virtual reality is also being used in healthcare. We decided it was time to revisit the topic with AR and look at how startups are applying the technology for surgery.

By nanalyze

Image Credit: Augmedics


About Peter Coffaro 668 Articles
A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the orthopedic industry. Recognized by MedReps.com and the World Journal of Orthopedics as one of the top medical sales influencers in the industry; he has 10 years of combined sales management experience and has held positions as a Director, General Manager, Distributor and Vice President. Peter has worked for some of the top orthopedic companies in the world - Zimmer, DePuy and Stryker. He is also the founder of OrthoFeed: a popular blog that covers digital orthopedic news and emerging medical technologies. Peter is a three-time Hall of Fame award winner at Johnson and Johnson and has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, digital marketing and professional education. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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