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


Mather, C and Barnett, T and Broucek, V and Saunders, A and Grattidge, D and Huang, W, Helping Hands: Using Augmented Reality to Provide Remote Guidance to Health Professionals, Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 241 pp. 57-62. ISSN 0926-9630 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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2017 The authors and IOS Press. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License 4.0 (CC BY-NC 4.0).

DOI: doi:10.3233/978-1-61499-794-8-57


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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Augmented reality, health professional, learning and teaching, procedure, rural and remote, student, usability
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Health informatics and information systems
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Mather, C (Dr Carey Mather)
UTAS Author:Barnett, T (Associate Professor Tony Barnett)
UTAS Author:Broucek, V (Dr Vlasti Broucek)
UTAS Author:Saunders, A (Ms Annette Saunders)
UTAS Author:Grattidge, D (Mr Darren Grattidge)
UTAS Author:Huang, W (Dr Tony Huang)
ID Code:120285
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2017-08-19
Last Modified:2018-09-13
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