GVR Report cover Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality In Healthcare Market Size, Share & Trends Report

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality In Healthcare Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report By Component (Hardware, Software, Service), By Technology (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality), By Region, And Segment Forecasts, 2023 - 2030

  • Report ID: GVR-1-68038-855-8
  • Number of Report Pages: 150
  • Format: PDF, Horizon Databook
  • Historical Range: 2018 - 2021
  • Forecast Period: 2023 - 2030 
  • Industry: Healthcare

Report Overview

The global Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality in healthcare market size was valued at USD 2.5 billion in 2022 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 18.8% from 2023 to 2030. Technological advancements and digitalization in healthcare, favorable government initiatives, rising healthcare expenditure, growing usage in surgical procedures, and medical training are some of the fundamental factors anticipated to boost the growth and adoption of the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies in the healthcare industry. These technologies have wide applications in healthcare including surgeries, diagnostics, rehabilitation, training, and education.

U.S. AR & VR in healthcare market size, by component, 2016 - 2028 (USD Million)

Augmented and virtual reality techniques are being increasingly adopted in surgeries and diagnostics. Systems such as touch surgery use virtual reality to provide a view of the patient’s anatomy and physiology, thereby providing opportunities for surgeons in the operating room, This, in turn, is expected to augment the growth of the market for augmented reality and virtual reality in healthcare. The growing adoption of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies in medical surgeries to optimize surgical procedures and increase the efficiency of treatment is one of the key factors driving market growth over the past few years. For instance, in December 2019, Augmedics launched the Xvision Spine AR guidance system for spine surgeries in the U.S. This solution allows the surgeon to view the 3D spinal anatomy of the patient during the surgery. Augmedics also received the U.S. FDA approval for Xvision in December 2019. Moreover, the increasing practice of storing medical images and patient data on the AR/VR platform helps in reducing requirements for expensive screens and unnecessary staff.

Additionally, AR is being widely adopted for education and training purposes for medical personnel. Since AR-based learning modules provide anatomical visualization and simulation it gives the medical personnel a more wholesome complete learning experience. Moreover, these learning modules are even being used to train patients and helps them understand the treatment flow and care management better. AR-based image visualization assists the surgeons and enhancing their accuracy and precision during complex surgeries. For instance, in February 2019 Philips Healthcare collaborated with Azurion and Microsoft to develop a mixed reality concept to provide a 3D holographic AR environment derived from multiple image modalities to assist surgeons.

COVID19 augmented reality and virtual reality in healthcare market impact: 27.7% increase in revenue

Pandemic Impact

Post COVID Outlook

The augmented reality and virtual reality in healthcare market grew by 27.7% from 2019 to 2020, as per earlier projections the market was expected to be over USD 900 million in 2020.

In 2021, the market will witness an increase by 85% from 2020, owing to the shift in trends towards AR and VR applications and adoption in the healthcare sector.

Surge in demand for services including telemonitoring, medical training & education, and patient management are key parameters responsible for market growth

Technological advances in software and hardware systems, is reducing costs & improving user and developer experience. This in turn will increase the augmented and virtual reality adoption.

Additionally, sudden surge in demand for rapid digitalization, training of healthcare experts, and increase in adoption by healthcar sector during the pandemic situation.

Increasing investment in this industry by key healthcare organizations to enhance patient outcome, education and communication.


During the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, AR & VR in healthcare was influenced positively owing to the technological advancements in this space. For instance, in April 2020 XRHealth extended its application by raising USD 7 million to expand its telehealth platform. Similarly, Imperial College and St. Mary’s Hospital in London are using augmented reality glasses to visualize 3D imaging of blood vessels during reconstructive surgeries. Augmented reality and virtual reality in healthcare help in efficiently managing the treatment schedules, treatment delivery, and plans, and thereby it is anticipated to exponentially grow during the pandemic. Additionally, the decreasing costs in healthcare, rapid digitalization of healthcare, and improved delivery of effective health services are expected to drive growth. AR and VR in healthcare are gaining momentum due to widespread adoption in telemedicine, medical training & education, patient care management, medical marketing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Furthermore, mergers and acquisitions, product development and launches, partnerships, and collaborative agreements are some of the crucial initiatives being undertaken by key players, which are expected to propel market growth. For instance, in January 2021 Hologic Inc acquired Biotheranostics, a molecular diagnostics company for USD 230 million. Through this acquisition, Hologic Inc and Biotheranostics will combine their capabilities and utilize their expertise in oncology diagnostics and advanced woman health diagnostics.

Component Insights

In 2022, the hardware segment dominated the market for augmented reality and virtual reality in healthcare and accounted for the largest revenue share of 67.5%. Devices such as head-mounted displays, smart glasses, and 3D sensors hold significant shares in the market for AR & VR in healthcare. Head-mounted devices and smart glasses are widely used in training and simulation, surgeries, diagnostics, telementoring, and many applications. In the current market scenario, AR/VR hardware has a huge commercialized product base with a high rate of adoption, especially in developed countries, which can be accounted for its largest market share in 2020. Moreover, usage of single hardware in multiple applications is also one of the pivotal factors, which is expected to boost its usage and affect the market for AR and VR in healthcare.

However, the software segment is expected to grow fast over the forecast period owing to recent technological advancements in in-app designing including apps such as EyeDecide. It detects eye conditions by measuring various parameters. In addition, apps such as Applied VR help the patient overcome anxiety during any surgical procedure. In recent years, there has been a huge development in interconnectivity and network services that help patients gain access to these platforms.

AR Application Insights

Augmented reality technology is increasingly being used in various fields of medical sciences such as surgical preparation and minimally invasive surgery. Technological advancements and rising demand for reducing the complexity of medical procedures are resulting in increased adoption of augmented reality technology. Market players operating in AR technology are entering into partnerships with domestic players to expand their product reach and launch new products. For instance, in April 2023, Vuzix, a smart glass, and AR technology expert partnered with VSee, a telemedicine solutions provider to develop smart glass for the telemedicine industry.

The efficiency of other healthcare processes can also be enhanced by using augmented reality technologies. In the near future, mergers and acquisitions are expected to increase. This may increase competition and reduce prices. Also, continuous improvements have been observed in the surgical environment and procedures with the application of augmented reality technologies. It has applications in areas such as anatomy, operative & postoperative services, and various medical training procedures. Moreover, implementing augmented reality technologies in rehabilitation services gives a more controllable environment where users can interact and enhance the recovery process.

VR Application Insights

However, the VR sector in healthcare is expected to grow as various healthcare IT companies are increasingly investing in this sector due to potential growth opportunities. For instance, in September 2022, OssoVR raised USD 14 million led by Kaiser Permanente. The company plans to utilize the funds for developing VR-based surgical and medical device training modules.

VR has applications in diverse areas such as surgery simulation, robotic surgery, skills training, and phobia treatment. Recent innovations in healthcare IT is a key factor driving the segment. The advantage of the ease in performing and learning surgical procedures that virtual reality offers to medical professionals and trainees is expected to boost the adoption of virtual reality technology in the market.

Technology Insights

By technology, the augmented reality (AR) segment dominated the market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 59.1% in 2022. Augmented reality creates a 3D view of objects and the environment around us with wearables such as head-mounted display devices and smart glasses. Factors such as technological advancements, growing demand for efficient treatment, increasing public & private investments, rising number of mergers and acquisitions, and reducing prices of head-mounted devices are among few factors that are driving the demand for augmented reality.

Global AR & VR in healthcare market share, by technology, 2020 (%)

However, the virtual reality segment is expected to witness significant growth during the forecast years. Virtual reality enables the user to interact with a three-dimensional environment and has huge opportunities in rehabilitation and pain management. Virtual Reality exposure therapy is one such process used to treat various phobias such as fear of height, driving, claustrophobia, and posttraumatic stress disorders. Factors such as an increase in the rate of neurological disorders and rising demand for new diagnostic methods are positively driving the growth of the market.

Regional Insights

Based on region, North America dominated the augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in the healthcare market and accounted for the largest revenue share of 49.64% in 2022. Factors that are driving growth in this region are higher adoption of these technologies, investment in R&D activities, and favorable government initiatives. The National Institute of Health of the U.S. government is offering funds for research in virtual reality with its application in healthcare. Moreover, there is a rise in outsourcing healthcare IT services in North America due to increased pressure by healthcare providers and payers to reduce treatment costs. This factor has positively impacted the growth of the market for augmented reality and virtual reality in healthcare in the region

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality In Healthcare Market Trends, by Region, 2023 - 2030

However, Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest-growing market over the forecast period owing to increasing awareness among the population and improving healthcare infrastructure. Developing markets such as India, China, Brazil, and Mexico are promising destinations for outsourcing services related to the development and distribution of AR and VR technologies in healthcare. Latin America, Middle East, and Asia Pacific are still at a nascent stage of development in terms of these technologies due to lack of awareness and lower adoption by the population. Countries such as Israel and UAE are witnessing increasing healthcare expenditure and quality of healthcare services, which is further expected to propel market growth in the region over the forecast period.

Key Companies & Market Share Insights

The market for augmented reality and virtual reality in healthcare is witnessing a rise in the investment in R&D activities along with mergers and acquisitions to overcome competition in the market. Many new startups such as BioflightVR and Mindmaze are introducing novel applications of these technologies in healthcare. Some of the prominent players in the augmented reality & virtual reality in healthcare market include:

  • CAE

  • GE Healthcare

  • Koninklijke Philips N.V.

  • Intuitive Surgical

  • Siemens Ltd

  • Eon Reality, Inc

  • Layar

  • Bioflight VR

  • WorldViz

  • TheraSim Inc

  • Mindmaze

Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality In Healthcare Market Report Scope 

Report Attribute


Market size value in 2023

USD 3.4 billion

Revenue forecast in 2028

USD 11.3 billion

Growth Rate

CAGR of 18.8% from 2023 to 2030

Base year for estimation


Historical data

2018 - 2021

Forecast period

2023 - 2030

Quantitative units

Revenue in USD million and CAGR from 2023 to 2030

Report coverage

Revenue, company ranking, competitive landscape, growth factors, and trends

Segments covered

Component, technology, region

Regional scope

North America; Europe; Asia Pacific; Latin America; Middle East & Africa

Country scope

U.S.; Canada; Germany; UK; France; Italy; Spain; Denmark; Sweden; Norway; China; Japan; India; South Korea; Australia; Thailand; Brazil; Mexico, Argentina; South Africa; Saudi Arabia, UAE; Kuwait

Key companies profiled

CAE; GE Healthcare; Koninklijke Philips N.V.; Intuitive Surgical; Siemens Ltd.; Eon Reality, Inc.; Layar; BioflightVR; WorldViz; TheraSim Inc.; Mindmaze

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Global Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality In Healthcare Market Report Segmentation

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels and provides an analysis of the latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2016 to 2028. For the purpose of this study, Grand View Research, Inc. has segmented the global Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality in healthcare market report on the basis of component, technology, and region:

Global Augmented Reality & Virtual Reality In Healthcare Market Report Segmentation

  • Component Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Hardware

    • Software

    • Services

  • Technology Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • Augmented Reality

      • Surgical Application

      • Rehabilitation

      • Training & Medical Education

    • Virtual Reality

      • Simulation

      • Diagnostics

      • Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET)

      • Rehabilitation

    • Pain Distraction

  • Regional Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2018 - 2030)

    • North America

      • U.S.

      • Canada

    • Europe

      • UK

      • Germany

      • France

      • Italy

      • Spain

      • Sweden

      • Denmark

      • Norway

    • Asia Pacific

      • Japan

      • China

      • India

      • Australia

      • South Korea

      • Thailand

    • Latin America

      • Brazil

      • Mexico

      • Argentina

    • Middle East & Africa

      • Saudi Arabia

      • South Africa

      • UAE

      • Kuwait

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