February 24, 2021
New research on therapeutic virtual reality reports that an in-home, interactive program for chronic pain appeared superior to a non-interactive sham app experience for reducing multiple measures of pain among participants with self-reported chronic low back pain.
Published earlier this week in JMIR, the study was funded by therapeutic VR company AppliedVR and conducted by its employees alongside...
February 2, 2021
A video of a toddler born in the year 2020 pressing inanimate objects in the hope of dispensing hand sanitizer recently went viral. Although bizarre, this is emblematic of the current hyper-precautionary health climate that Generation Alpha will be growing up in. The WHO's hygiene campaign, 'Save Lives: Clean your Hands' to reduce COVID-19 infections has galvanised even the youngest in our...
December 15, 2020
Virtual reality could be key to COVID-19 rehabilitation, according to a new paper published in BMJ Open Sport Exercise Medicine. Specifically, the authors of the publication pitch tailor-made rehabilitation services that can be administered remotely via a VR experience.
The authors explain that many COVID-19 patients who were critically ill continue to have Post-Intensive Care Syndrome, even...
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September 15, 2020
Virtual reality opioid overdose prevention programs can be just as effective as in-person training to give people the knowledge and confidence to administer naloxone, according to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health.
Naloxone, also called Narcan or Evzio, is a prescription medication created to rapidly reverse opioid overdoses. All...
August 26, 2020
Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and BehaVR have teamed up to offer moms-to-be NurtureVR, a virtual reality program that supplies prenatal education, pain management, mindfulness strategies and support after giving birth.
The system will launch at Hoag in September as a pilot program before becoming available to healthcare providers and health plans in November.
“We are delighted to partner...
May 29, 2020
The leading digital health narrative emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic has been the rise of telehealth and live video consultations as a reliable modality for delivering care. In many ways, it was a case of preparation meeting opportunity – years of pilot programs, platform refinements, public funding projects and a number of very well established players all ready to adapt and expand when...
Professor Shafi Ahmed, chief medical officer and cofounder of Medical Realities, said: “We saw a need for a central credible repository of information for healthcare workers."
April 29, 2020
UK-based health tech firm Medical Realities has launched a free online resource to train healthcare workers in essential, safe and core practices for COVID-19.
The resource, called Covid med ed, brings together training, research and guidelines for medical students, the NHS and healthcare professionals worldwide.
Features include access to latest COVID-19 guidelines, reviews of the latest...
April 24, 2020
Oxford VR’s automated virtual reality therapy has been featured in the latest NHSX Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) blueprint details.
Its programme has been integrated into NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services since April last year.
The firm, which is a spinout from Oxford University’s department of psychiatry, played an instrumental role in creating the NHSX GDE...
April 23, 2020
XRHealth, a virtual reality health application and services startup, has raised $7 million in a new funding round. The raise comes from Bridges Israel, Flint Capital and 20/20 HealthCare Partners.
WHAT THEY DO
The startup, which previously went by the name VRHealth, has developed a number of health applications for its VR platform. These offerings include virtual experiences for pain management,...
April 1, 2020
London-based FundamentalVR, a digital health company that uses virtual reality (VR) to help train surgeons, today announced the expansion of its educational platform Fundamental Surgery.
Its new education modality @HomeVR brings educational simulations, accredited by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, to standalone VR headsets such as Oculus Quest and...