Medicine and Health Care one of the most important and practical applications of AR.
Some of the examples of what's happening in the augmented reality and healthcare space are.
Live surgical operation can be performed surgeon wearing Smart Glasses / Smart Helmet in a learning situation for large number of medical students across the globe in real time. The idea is to get students through the learning curve much quicker, and to get them to participate in the global community. There are 5 billion people in the world who don't have access to safe and affordable surgery. There are 143 million simple operations need to be performed annually, and that requires need 2.2 million surgeons, aestheticians, and obstetricians
ARnatomy is working on a few projects, including an app that uses OCR to match a word like femur, for example, with visuals and info on the bone, or one that lets users manipulate a "a tangible skeletal model of bones affixed with augmented reality (AR) targets," according to their site.
A remote surgeon could essentially project his hands into the display of a surgeon on site wearing Smart Glass or Smart Helmet and point and guide. They do more than just telemedicine, with the idea of bringing in remote expertise to a situation where it's needed.
A technology known as AccuVein uses a handheld scanner that projects over skin and shows nurses and doctors where veins and their valves and bifurcations are in patients' bodies - or aren't, in the case of cosmetic procedures. It is said that 40% of IVs miss on the first stick, and the numbers get worse for children and neonates. The device is in use in hospitals across the country and it is estimated that it's been used on more than 10 million patients, making finding a vein on the first stick 3.5 times more likely.