Learning Curve and Protocols
The retail price of HoloLens is approximately $3,000, according to Dr. Miller. “At this point, it is for early adopters of technology who know how to manipulate it,” he says. “HoloLens is as complicated as simple morphing is now, while at the same time as complicated as morphing was 30 years ago. I believe the millennials will be able to embrace this technology pretty quickly. The learning curve is not steep; it is gradual, depending on one’s background.”
Dr. Miller says currently there is no standard protocol to learn how to effectively use HoloLens. “There is no turnkey solution,” he states. “You need to become proficient in understanding how your hand interacts with the device.”
While, he doesn’t believe there are downsides to the technology, Dr. Miller does admit, “The biggest roadblock is the technical capabilities of the end user.”
Dr. Miller predicts there will be amazing applications of HoloLens in the future, such as an analysis of a patient’s face to suggest specific points for Botox injection and in how many units.
As for patient feedback, “They just want great outcomes. They don’t care how they are achieved,” Dr. Miller says. “Patients are happy with HoloLens. In fact, I have seen a 25% increase in patient satisfaction. Plus, when I tell them what I will be doing, they find it absolutely fascinating and the coolest thing in the world. Independent of that, I feel I am attaining greater precision with HoloLens.”
Some of Dr. Miller’s patients also specially request 3D imaging. “Using HoloLens lessens patient anxiety because patients see in advance the 3D images in their entirety and know the images will be overlaid over them during surgery for better results,” he says.