virtual reality

By Dave Muoio 02:06 pm August 14, 2019
Therapeutic virtual reality is not only an effective approach for hospital inpatients experiencing a wide variety of pain, but likely retains its impact when provided over multiple days under real-world circumstances, according to a new Cedars-Sinai clinical study published today in PLoS One. “There’s been decades of research testing VR in highly controlled environments — university laboratories...
By Laura Lovett 01:31 pm July 10, 2019
XRHealth, a digital health startup best known for its virtual reality technology, is now opening up its platform to third-party developers, the Boston-based company exclusively announced to MobiHealthNews.  The end goal will be a tool kit for providers, payers and pharmas that will serve as a “one-stop shop” for VR products.  The company, formerly known as VRHealth, is no stranger to developing...
By Dave Muoio 01:50 pm June 20, 2019
HIV patients demonstrated greater adherence to their antiretroviral therapy (ART) following the use of a low-cost educational VR application, according to a new study published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research. Delivered in English and Spanish on a Dell Windows Mixed Reality headset, the seven-minute experience consisted of an interactive look at the cells and pathogens of a virtual...
By Piers Ford 03:31 am May 15, 2019
Industry disruption by digital players is a major threat to the health insurance industry, but insurers themselves seem to be more dazzled by the oncoming glare than galvanised behind comprehensive strategies and best-practice development frameworks for digitising their businesses. While there is a general cohesion around CRM and the customer experience, the deeper benefits of digitisation –...
By Laura Lovett 03:24 pm May 1, 2019
From reducing pain in childbirth to helping train new doctors, new uses for virtual reality are sprouting up all over the healthcare industry. Now VR is going to be used to show hospital patients relaxation videos thanks to a new partnership between XRHealth (formerly VRHealth) and Healing Healthcare Systems.  As part of the deal participating hospitals will gain access to XRHealth’s VRHealth...
By Jonah Comstock 02:02 pm March 18, 2019
The Mayo Clinic has entered into a partnership with LA-based medical and surgical streaming service Giblib, the latter announced today. Giblib will digitize and host some of Mayo Clinic’s existing educational videos as well as produce new content on its own platform. The deal will include both standard video and 360-degree VR videos of Mayo Clinic’s teaching facility. After remastering existing...
By Laura Lovett 12:20 pm February 21, 2019
Two month after VRHealth unveiled its new virtual reality product aimed at curbing hot flashes, called Luna, the company has exclusively released results of its pilot study to MobiHealthNews. The small study found that breast cancer patients and survivors in the trial reported feeling 50 percent fewer hot flashes and night sweats than at baseline.  The way the product works is that when a patient...
virtual reality
By Piers Ford 05:56 am February 20, 2019
Third Eye NeuroTech’s Blue Room immersive virtual reality (VR) technology is in the spotlight following the publication of research which revealed its effectiveness in treating phobias and anxieties for children and adults. The Blue Room was developed by specialists at Newcastle University in the UK in tandem with the Durham-based tech firm and has been made available as an NHS treatment through...

(L to R) Dr. Nick Patel, an audience volunteer, and Dr. Robert Louis demonstrate the system (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

By Jonah Comstock 03:39 pm February 15, 2019
Dr. Robert Louis, director of the skull base and pituitary tumor program at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute, didn’t set out to use virtual reality as a tool for patient engagement.  Originally, Louis explained during a session at HIMSS19, his department was using the technology — which turns two-dimensional radiology images into a three-dimensional virtual reality flythrough — for surgical...
By Jonah Comstock 10:57 am February 11, 2019
Before we can solve the problems of patient engagement, we have to make sure we’re not the ones creating them. That was one takeaway of Geisinger CIO Karen Murphy’s remarks at the HIMSS Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Orlando this morning. “We’re trying to innovate because […] patient engagement and patient experience is truly not ideal,” she said. “We have the system arranged so that...