Haptics in Medicine, Medical and Surgical Simulation & Devices

By: Haptic Technologies  09-12-2011
Keywords: Tactile Feedback

Medicine, from its inception, has been about connecting clinicians with patients through the sense of touch.  Technology has changed the way medical practitioners interact with their patients.  While technology has extended the medical practitioner’s reach, it has also distanced clinicians from the patient.  Today’s procedures have the benefit of being minimally invasive, but remove the sense of touch and the associated knowledge gained via  touch for interventionalists and surgeons.
As technology evolves medical solutions the opportunity for haptics grows.  The shift to durable and reliable touchscreen and touch panel interfaces, the growth of highly computerized robotic surgery systems, as well as the innovation of wearable patient medical devices all create opportunities to enhance the user interface with tactile feedback. Immersion's TouchSense haptic feedback solutions offer critical benefits in the medical space, including:

  • Tactile Knowledge: Haptics provides immediate & intuitive tactile feedback of relevant  information to the user
  • Enhances Performance: Relevant feedback is delivered at the “right time”, helping avoid distraction and minimize ambiguity.
  • Intuitive Alerts: Assist users in prioritization of important information, helping decrease cognitive overload.  Provide an additional mode for cutting through the information clutter of noisy environments such as surgical suites.

Keywords: Tactile Feedback

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