Shaping the future of healthcare technology

Proven in assistive care, our technology plays a vital role in the detection and treatment of some of the world’s most prevalent diseases and conditions. 

Early adopter

The adoption of eye tracking by the healthcare industry has given rise to innovative data-driven medical solutions, which deliver new insights for the detection and treatment of diseases.

Eye tracking enables features in medical devices that improve working conditions by promoting safety and wellness, enhancing workflows, and adding security measures.

The technology can be used as a performance enhancer. Through foveation techniques, devices can leverage eye tracking to reduce rendering loads, data transport, and even other resources such as X-rays.

Primarily, eye tracking applies to:

  • Assessment and therapy — the development of tools for brain and behavioral health, reading and learning, as well as vision and ocular disorders.
  • Medical technology — control of surgical robots, diagnostic imaging equipment, and other medical displays.
  • Assistive technology — communication and access devices, as well as vision aids.

Discover eye tracking in Session #1 of our webinar series Eye tracking — an innovation catalyst for healthcare: eye tracking 101:

Assessment and therapy

Assessment and therapy

Medical research has highlighted the significance of eye movement patterns in the detection and treatment of some of the world’s most prevalent diseases.

Catalyst for innovation

Eye movements are a biomarker for traumatic brain injuries, diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and learning disabilities like dyslexia. The ability to measure minute eye movements is particularly beneficial in the detection and treatment of these types of diseases and conditions.

Customer case

RightEye combines its cloud-based software solution with a medical-grade, eye tracking tablet, providing doctors, therapists, educators, and athletic performance professionals with an accessible means to correlate eye movements and health.

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Customer case

Learning to read is an essential element of primary education, yet some kids still fall through the net. Using AI and eye tracking, Lexplore has transformed reading assessment into a rapid PC-based solution, freeing up teacher time and helping to close the literacy gap.

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Testing and therapy methods that leverage eye tracking tend to be non-invasive, which makes the experience a comfortable one for patients, and helps to eliminate the bias and errors of manual observation. The mobility of such solutions allows practitioners to serve people in remote locations as well as those who may not be able to travel.

Uncover more about eye tracking in Session #2 of our webinar series Eye tracking — an innovation catalyst for healthcare: the future of medical assessments and treatment

Medical technology

Medical technology

Devices and machines that include eye tracking enable developers to build innovative applications that can enhance workflow, facilitate skills transfer, provide additional security, promote safety and wellness, as well as raise computing and resource efficiency.

Surgical robotics technology

Surgical robotics is a prime example of how the developments made in a medical technology have enabled digital transformation and improved care. By performing very small incisions with highly-accurate maneuvers, remote-controlled surgical robots have brought about a range of minimally-invasive procedures that promote speedy recovery — which is good for patients, good for hospitals and clinics, and good for everyone else waiting in line.

Attention computing enabled by eye tracking can enhance next generation surgical robotics

Tobii’s sensor technology decodes human attention by transforming head-and-eye biometrics and movements into real-time data streams. Its small form factor allows it to be embedded into the surgical workstation and the data it generates can be used to:
  • Enhanced remote collaboration
  • Simplify surgical workflows
  • Reduce touch points
  • Ease skills transfer, and
  • Create safety and wellness features
Surgical robotics is a prime example of how the developments made in a medical technology have enabled digital transformation and improved care. By performing very small incisions with highly-accurate maneuvers, remote-controlled surgical robots have brought about a range of minimally-invasive procedures that promote speedy recovery — which is good for patients, good for hospitals and clinics, and good for everyone else waiting in line.

Find out more about how Tobii’s technology and next-generation surgical robotics:

Safety and wellness

The health and wellbeing of patients and staff is a primary concern of every health service. Medical devices equipped with eye tracking provide organizations with tools to ease stress and reduce repetitive physical actions.

Customer case
Our eyes render content in high-resolution on just a small area. ControlRad have leveraged the physics of human eyesight to reduce exposure to radiation — for patients and surgeons. By following the physician’s gaze, eye tracking provides fluoroscopy with the data to automatically focus the X-ray to the physician’s region of interest

Controlling devices with eye movement relieves workload on busy hands and improves ergonomics — helping to extend the careers of people who perform demanding and repetitive tasks.

Eye activity reflects user fatigue, drowsiness, and low concentration. An application can alert or prevent operation if the operator is unfit.

Eye tracking data includes ergonomic measurements such as screen time, user position, and distance to the screen. An application can leverage this information to provide statistics and notify people when it’s time to move or take a break.

Hospital information and automated check-in kiosks can benefit from eye tracking because it allows users to interact with devices, to make selections and find information in a touchless way — minimizing the spread of germs.

Raising computing and resource efficiency

Especially useful for mobile and tethered devices, eye tracking can improve battery life by reducing CPU loads. For example, by sensing whether or not a person is in front of the machine, and more explicitly, if they are looking at the screen or elsewhere, eye tracking can enable automatic dimming and sleep cycles with rapid wake-up.

Especially useful for mobile and tethered devices, eye tracking can improve battery life by reducing CPU loads. For example, by sensing whether or not a person is in front of the machine, and more explicitly, if they are looking at the screen or elsewhere, eye tracking can enable automatic dimming and sleep cycles with rapid wake-up.

Eye tracking can improve image quality without additional computational resources. By mimicking human vision, foveation removes the need to fully render an entire image, reducing the hi-res portion to just the area where the user is looking — dramatically reducing rendering time and resources without any perceived loss in image quality. When applied to devices such as virtual and augmented-reality headsets, foveation allows users to see content correctly, reducing nausea and fatigue, making these tools applicable to a broader audience.

Eye tracking supports operational efficiency with other critical resources. Using the surgeon’s gaze to control an X-ray machine is a perfect example, because it not only limits radiation exposure, it also ensures optimal usage of computational resources.

Assistive technology

Assistive technology

Augmented, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices, supporting the aging and people with disabilities, often rely on eye tracking to enable users to interact. 

Assistive technology

Eye tracking enables a person to control a device with their eye movements, making it a highly useful technology in assistance tools. These devices can generate speech, connect to the internet as well as other devices, and often include applications for writing, drawing, and creating music. They play a fundamental role in promoting independence by helping people with temporary or permanent disabilities to perform daily activities.

Discover how eye tracking is essential in assistive technologies for Augmentative & Alternative Communication (AAC) — giving everyone a voice.

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