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Helping Hands: Using Augmented Reality to Provide Remote Guidance to Health Professionals

Mather, CA ORCID: 0000-0002-4301-0028, Barnett, T ORCID: 0000-0002-1376-6414, Broucek, V ORCID: 0000-0003-3583-3865, Saunders, A, Grattidge, D and Huang, W ORCID: 0000-0002-5190-7839 2017 , 'Helping Hands: Using Augmented Reality to Provide Remote Guidance to Health Professionals' , Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, vol. 241 , pp. 57-62 , doi:

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Access to expert practitioners or geographic distance can compound the capacity for appropriate supervision of health professionals in the workplace. Guidance and support of clinicians and students to undertake new or infrequent procedures can be resource intensive. The Helping Hands remote augmented reality system is an innovation to support the development of, and oversee the acquisition of procedural skills through remote learning and teaching supervision while in clinical practice. Helping Hands is a wearable, portable, hands-free, low cost system comprised of two networked laptops, a head-mounted display worn by the recipient and a display screen used remotely by the instructor. Hand hygiene was used as the test procedure as it is a foundation skill learned by all health profession students. The technology supports unmediated remote gesture guidance by augmenting the object with the Helping Hands of a health professional. A laboratory-based study and field trial tested usability and feasibility of the remote guidance system. The study found the Helping Hands system did not compromise learning outcomes. This innovation has the potential to transform remote learning and teaching supervision by enabling health professionals and students opportunities to develop and improve their procedural performance at the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Mather, CA and Barnett, T and Broucek, V and Saunders, A and Grattidge, D and Huang, W
Keywords: Augmented reality, health professional, learning and teaching, procedure, rural and remote, student, usability
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Publisher: I O S Press
ISSN: 0926-9630
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