VR

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...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 01:30 pm July 3, 2019
Telecoms giant Vodafone has launched its 5G network in seven cities across the UK earlier today, switched on by five-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton in London. From expanding virtual reality training to telemedicine or remote monitoring, experts say 5G will accelerate adoption and stimulate innovation in healthcare in the coming years. WHY IT MATTERS “Everyone talks about speed and...
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...

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By Dean Koh 11:58 pm June 17, 2019
Oxford VR, an Oxford University spinout company, has announced the launch of its leading-edge treatment for common mental health conditions through a unique partnership with AXA HK and the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Dubbed ‘Yes I Can’, the initiative will offer a ground-breaking treatment using virtual reality (VR) technology. It will be free to the public and to AXA’s corporate...
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...

(Photo from left to right): Professor Fanny Cheung, Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President of CUHK, Gordon Watson, Chief Executive Officer of AXA Asia and Barnaby Perks, Chief Executive Officer of Oxford VR at the signing of Asia’s first partnership for mental wellbeing using immersive VR. Credit: AXA Hong Kong

By Dean Koh 12:44 am April 30, 2019
AXA Hong Kong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and Oxford VR (OVR) announced a first-of-a-kind partnership to pilot a groundbreaking automated immersive therapy using virtual reality (VR) for mental health in Asia including the Greater Bay Area. What’s it about The pilot focuses on a jointly supported clinically-validated trial in Hong Kong using a modern VR technology platform for...
By Laura Lovett 01:37 pm April 29, 2019
Needles can be a source of stress for many patients, particularly in the pediatrics department. But a new study found that employing virtual reality in pediatric care can help children manage pain, according to a study published in the Journal of Pediatrics.  The new study, which zeros in on the use of virtual reality in pediatric emergency departments and outpatient clinics, found that patients...