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By Jonah Comstock 02:58 pm January 14, 2020
Embodied Labs, a young company using virtual reality to provide immersive training for caregivers, has raised $3.2 million in seed funding, the company announced yesterday at the Health 2.0 VentureConnect event on the sidelines of the JP Morgan healthcare conference in San Francisco. “The round is very exciting because we triangulated experts in healthcare and aging care with [experts in]...
By Dave Muoio 04:05 pm January 7, 2020
Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional statements from Pear Therapeutics. Pear Therapeutics pulled back the curtain this morning on a number of new deals between the prescription digital therapeutics maker and other tech companies or researchers. Ranging from virtual reality therapies to voice biomarker tech, the moves appear to be an effort from Pear to add new products to...
By Laura Lovett 10:02 am November 26, 2019
A new use-of-concept study found that stroke patients given virtual reality therapy were consistent in completing the therapy and preferred a version which let them connect to others.  The study included both a multi-user version, which let participants interact with others remotely, and a single-user version, which they completed on their own. Participants that used a multi-user version of the...

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly checks out the Microsoft HoloLens aboard a space station on February 20, 2016. The device is part of NASA's project Sidekick, which is exploring the use of augmented reality to reduce crew training requirements and increase the efficiency with which astronauts can work in space. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)

By Laura Lovett 01:25 pm November 8, 2019
Spending three years in an enclosed spacecraft with less than a handful of companions is a daunting task — not just physically but psychologically. However, that will be the reality for the crew going to Mars, a trip which is slated for some time in the next two decades.   “These people who travel with a small crew and small habitable body [face] psychological stress of that confinement and...
By Laura Lovett 01:35 pm October 30, 2019
This morning FundamentalVR, a digital health company that uses virtual reality to help train clinicians, closed a $5.67 million Series A round. Downing Ventures led the round with participation from Tern PLC, Epic Private Equity and Brighteye Ventures. Approximately $600,000 of that funding came in the form of a convertible loan note.  WHAT IS THIS FundamentalVR’s surgical training platform...

From left to right: HIMSS' Steve Wretling, Cornell's Dr. Joann Difede, Cedar-Sinai's Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Harvard and MGH's Dr. Anthony Sossong, and Rendever's Kyle Rand.

By Dave Muoio 03:55 pm October 21, 2019
Virtual reality has been on the healthcare scene for quite a few years now, but it’s only within the last half decade or so that the technology has started to resemble an effective medical technology. While its potential use cases are varied to say the least, a couple of standout approaches such as pain distraction therapy now boast a healthy body of data suggesting its prowess under experimental...
By Dave Muoio 09:24 am September 18, 2019
Virtual reality pain management company Karuna Labs has raised $3 million in seed funding, the San Francisco startup announced last week. The funding was led by Baseline Ventures, with additional participation from Anorak Ventures, the AET Fund, the Hustle Fund, Correlation Ventures and Dreamit Ventures. WHAT THEY DO The company develops personalized VR programs for chronic pain management. The...
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 Dave Muoio 03:40 pm August 5, 2019
Sleep tracking, iOS support comes to Google Fit. Google Fit saw an update on Friday that allows the health tracking app to connect with sleep apps and services, thereby allowing users to monitor their rest within Google’s product. The tool’s iPhone app has also received a boost that brings the run, hike or biking route summaries of the Android version those pairing an iPhone with a Wear OS...
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...