Augmented Healthcare Tools

North West Regional College

Augmented Reality has been shown to be effective in engaging people in certain settings and this project aims to test these approaches in healthcare. Learners will have access to content via various media types using an AR app, free to download, on a smart device.

The prototype app offers healthcare students a new style of learning, with the flexibility to learn ‘on the go’. We aim to increase confidence in the use of clinical equipment. For example, using their smart devices, learners can access short video tutorials, animations and images on using vital signs monitoring equipment, prior to carrying out the measurement with the service user. The learner can aim their device at the access point on the healthcare hardware to display the learning materials on their screen. This supports the learner, helping to increase their confidence to measure safely and effectively in real-time. Learners also participate in assessments, collated using Google Docs to capture evidence and to inform employers of their achievements.