From PoC design to real-world clinical testing
By engaging with Insight, the client hoped to establish a proof of concept that would test the use of HoloLens 2 in surgical training. The project began with a strategy workshop to explore how the HoloLens could best be used, as well as to create a working guide to illustrate the capabilities of the OCT approach.
Insight kicked off the process by holding approximately six one-hour stakeholder and physician interviews to gain an understanding of the space and user needs and frustrations with current-state training.
Having summarized the interview findings into key challenges and opportunities, the Insight team next facilitated four two-hour Design Thinking Workshops to define PoC use cases, as well as brainstorm and prioritize future opportunities in which the HoloLens technology could have a meaningful impact.
Next, Insight teams built the PoC use case using HoloLens 2 and Microsoft Guides. This involved reviewing the client’s existing procedure documentation and interviewing subject matter experts to ensure a full understanding of the needs and requirements of the resultant training module. Using this information and Microsoft Guides’ out-of-the-box functionality, Insight created the Guides prototype content and integrated the necessary media files.
The result was a training guide capable of walking users through certain procedures and protocols with the imaging device while allowing them to remain hands-free. The use of voice and head-based gesture advancement enabled trainees to stay on task while working with multiple systems.
Insight’s structured, repeatable approach to delivering applications empowered quick and effective adaptation to the inevitable changes that occurred during the project. When the client experienced an emergency situation, the decision was made to pivot from the original plan of piloting the PoC solution to immediately having a surgeon test the solution using the actual equipment in a clinical environment. The test was successful, and the client is already planning next steps for leveraging HoloLens 2 technology for future training programs.