100% of future surgeries could be performed using augmented reality, reveals trailblazing healthcare expert
- Surgery with AR is just as safe as traditional methods, but there is still work to be done to prove it is as effective and efficient, according to Dr Witham
- The Metaverse, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and AR to be addressed during groundbreaking discussions at the summit
Dubai, United Arab Emirates: A host of leading experts, including the surgeon who performed the world’s first spine surgery using augmented reality (AR) with a head-mounted display, Dr Timothy Witham, will participate in Arab Health s Future Health Summit, on the 2nd of February at the Museum of the Future, in Dubai.
Dr. Witham, who is a professor of neurological surgery and orthopedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, will lead a discussion on the opportunities and benefits that alternate realities will have for the healthcare industry, and outline the tools available to to make operations safer and more effective, and faster and more efficient.
“The definition of AR is when you take a computer-generated image and overlay that image onto your view of the real world. Within AR, as opposed to virtual reality (VR), where you interact with the virtual world, we are interact with the real world, but we have additional computer-generated images that are used simultaneously to digital information on the existing environment,” said Dr Witham.
“In 2020, we performed the first spine surgery with augmented reality with a head-mounted display. This was achieved using an AR-enabled head device with the digital augmentation of a CT scan taken earlier. Finally, while we were operating and looking inside the patient, we had the CT scan right there in our field of view.
“Since then, I have performed more than 150 surgeries using AR, and I can say that it is at least as good as robotics, while also making great inroads in reducing the need for repetition
operations due to misplaced spinal implants. It could also be the first step towards all operations being performed with AR,” he added.
As part of the summit, discussions will focus on the metaverse and the opportunities it has to impact healthcare by taking advantage of artificial intelligence (AI), VR and AR to improve patient outcomes.
“Thanks to new technology in the healthcare sector, preventive medicine will take on a new meaning. Blood analysis will become more advanced to the extent that it will describe your entire genetic makeup. Based on that, AI will make predictions about, for example, cancer risk or spine problems. We will then be able to implement restorative or regenerative procedures to prevent the problem before it becomes a problem that requires treatment,” explains Dr Witham.
With research from Market Research Future suggesting that the healthcare metaverse market could be worth over US$5.37 billion by 2030, growing at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 48.3%, the Future Health Summit will be an invaluable looks at how everyone within the healthcare ecosystem in the industry can maximize the opportunities it presents.
The Future Health Summit takes place on Thursday, 2 February 2023, at the Museum of the Future from 11 – 2 pm. The inviting, fully immersive event for healthcare C-suite executives will take a deep dive into the future of healthcare and the possibilities in the Metaverse. World-renowned industry leaders, visionaries, metaverse experts, authors and futurists on the topic will offer their insights.
Reem Salah, Director – Leadership Healthcare Events, Informa Markets, said: “The Future Healthcare Summit promises to be one of the highlights of Arab Health in 2023. The program features an incredible line-up of industry experts on the opportunities created within the healthcare sector through cutting-edge technologies, providing an ideal opportunity to network and engage with industry leaders.
“The Dubai Metaverse Strategy was only launched earlier this year, so it will also be a timely and appropriate platform to discuss this exciting ‘virtual revolution’, assess its technological facets and the positive impact it will have on the future direction of healthcare all over the world will have. middle east.”
In addition to the Future Health Summit, visitors to the Arab Health 2023 exhibition will also be able to witness first-hand the innovative ways technology is transforming healthcare delivery.
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About Arab Health
Arab Health is the largest healthcare event in the Middle East and is organized by Informa Markets. Established 48 years ago, Arab Health provides a platform for the world’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors to meet the medical and scientific community in the Middle East and subcontinent.
Arab Health Congress is known for delivering the highest quality Continuing Medical Education (CME) conferences to medical professionals in the region.
Arab Health 2023 will take place from 30 January – 2 February 2023 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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