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...
September 9, 2020
Oncomfort, a Belgian company using therapeutic virtual reality to relieve pain and anxiety, has raised €10 million ($11.8 million) in Series A funding. Debiopharm and Crédit Mutuel Innovation led the round, which also saw support from existing shareholders and Belgium's Walloon Region Regional Investment Company.
WHAT IT DOES
Oncomfort was founded in 2017, and launched its SedaKit for Digital...
June 19, 2020
Following up on last week's episode, host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews Associate Editor Dave Muoio chat with Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. As well as picking up on the thread of COVID-19's effect on the burgeoning field of virtual medicine, Speigel also talks about some of his own experiences with therapeutic VR, lays...
June 12, 2020
Digital health spectators have long eyed therapeutic virtual reality's progression from an interesting research concept to an evidence-backed treatment for pain, phobias and other conditions. But with COVID-19 throwing a wrench into healthcare's status quo, will the virtual technology be seen as a key resource, or as a novelty to be sidelined until things can return to normal?
In this episode, VR...
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...
April 24, 2020
Limbix Italia have supplied Schiavonia COVID Hospital with VR headsets in a bid to improve the psychological and emotional wellbeing of its staff. The virtual reality hardware uses visualisation and guided breathing techniques to reduce stress and anxiety in healthcare workers and support staff working long shifts treating patients suffering from coronavirus.
The new virtual healthcare system was...
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...
Illustration by CDC via Unsplash revealing ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses
March 11, 2020
Since the novel coronavirus outbreak started in Wuhan, China, in December last year, we’ve seen the world focus on little else.
COVID-19 is putting strain on governments globally, and with over 90% of all cases reported so far coming from four countries, but over 100 affected, the pressure is now on officials to identify the response needed according to their own scenario.
Over the weekend, the...
March 10, 2020
A company out of Oxford, England is looking to help patients curb social anxiety with a new virtual reality tool. Dubbed OVR social engagement, the tool was designed to treat a variety of mental health conditions associated with these types of anxiety, including agoraphobia, depression and schizophrenia.
The program is pitched as a way to help patients with social anxiety by immersing them in...