Apple Vision Pro Reveals Opportunities for Health App Developers

Apple says Apple Vision Pro has several opportunities for health app developers, unveiling a range of spatial experiences designed to enhance patient care and clinical education. From surgical planning to mental health support, developers are leveraging the unique capabilities of visionOS to transform healthcare delivery and improve outcomes.
Apple’s Vision Pro at WWDC 2023Apple Vision Pro is paving the way for innovative spatial experiences that promise to reshape patient care and clinical education. The latest advancements in healthcare apps take full advantage of the infinite canvas offered by visionOS, offering immersive solutions for medical professionals and patients alike.

For decades, Apple products have played a crucial role in healthcare, empowering medical institutions and developers to drive positive change in patient outcomes, cost savings, and efficiency. With the introduction of Apple Vision Pro, developers now have unprecedented opportunities to deliver impactful experiences that transcend traditional boundaries, whether in clinical settings or at home.

Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations, expressed enthusiasm for the transformative potential of these new apps, stating, “The imagination and drive of our developers, combined with the technical capabilities of visionOS, are igniting new possibilities for physicians, frontline workers, and even students, and we can’t wait to see what’s to come.”

One such breakthrough app, myMako by Stryker, leverages Apple Vision Pro to enhance surgical planning for joint replacement surgeries. Surgeons can now visualize and review patients’ surgical plans in a brilliant, immersive 3D experience, leading to better preparation and ultimately improved patient outcomes.

CyranoHealth, developed by Boston Children’s Hospital, addresses the challenges of healthcare worker training by providing immersive simulations in a virtual environment. This innovative approach helps frontline workers gain confidence and familiarity with medical equipment, reducing anxiety and enhancing preparedness.

In the field of productivity and collaboration, Siemens Healthineers’ Cinematic Reality app allows users to view interactive holograms of the human body in their real-world environment. Epic Systems introduces its Epic Spatial Computing Concept, enabling clinicians to complete medical charting and review patient data through intuitive gestures on Apple Vision Pro.

For behavioral health and wellness, Cedars-Sinai’s Xaia app offers AI-enabled mental health support in immersive environments tailored to individual preferences. Other apps like TRIPP and Healium provide stress-reducing experiences through guided exercises and nature-based escapes, leveraging the immersive capabilities of Apple Vision Pro.