VR

By Dave Muoio March 7, 2018
As virtual and augmented reality technologies continue to improve, researchers and entrepreneurs continue to investigate the role these tools may play in healthcare. In an educational session at HIMSS18 in Las Vegas Tuesday, presenters described the technologies’ current roadmap, highlighting persisting roadblocks and novel strategies incorporating other technologies. After describing the...
By Laura Lovett February 20, 2018
Researchers from Microsoft are aiming to transform the world of virtual reality from a primarily visual experience to a tactile and auditory one for people with visual impairments.  “Traditional [VR] mainly focuses on visual feedback, which is not accessible for people with visual impairments,” the authors of a research paper on the technology wrote. “We created Canetroller, a haptic cane...
By Dave Muoio February 19, 2018
Virtual reality and mobile app-enabled caregiver screening were among the winners of the Caregiving for Dementia Innovation Challenge, a recently concluded contest run by AARP Services, Inc. (ASI) and UnitedHealthcare. After receiving 254 contest entries, participants attended three in-person events run by design challenge company OpenIDEO in which they fine-tuned a product designed to support...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated Provata's 2016 revenue. Merck subsidiary StayWell, which offers a preventative health platform for employers, health plans, and health systems, has acquired Provata Health for an undisclosed sum. Provata Health makes a digital health platform for employee wellness, which includes a chronic disease management program incorporating a...
By MobiHealthNews December 27, 2017
This quarter, hospitals and clinics continued to integrate digital health into their practice, using it to engage and treat patients, as well as improve hospital workflows. Telehealth continues to be a growing field. More healthcare providers have expressed interest in expanding their telehealth offerings, according to the Foley survey. Hospitals have also started to integrate augmented and...
By Laura Lovett November 8, 2017
Virtual reality can help children to manage pain without the use of drugs, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology in October. The study, which used VR during blood drawing at the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital, found that using VR significantly reduced acute procedural pain and anxiety in patients compared to using the standard of care. The study also...
By Dave Muoio November 3, 2017
Aging care was a frequent topic among the panels and sessions hosted at last week’s Connected Healthcare Conference in Boston. Amidst conversations on remote care, new technology adoption, and other issues of wellness affecting seniors, speakers argued again and again that thoughtfully designed technologies will increasingly be needed to address a patient group that shows no signs of shrinking. “...
By Dave Muoio October 27, 2017
5G mobile networks may be years away, but that hasn’t stopped mobile health players from salivating over its potential — and perhaps for good reason. A newly released report from Qualcomm and the University of California, Berkeley suggests that the technology will become a “substantial enabler” of the future’s personalized health care ecosystem, and within healthcare alone will have a sales...
By Jonah Comstock October 3, 2017
Investors at GE Ventures, Sanofi Ventures, and Nexus Venture Partners turned up at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara, California this week to deliver a reality check about some of the innovations coming down the pipe in health tech. “If you’re an early stage company looking for funding, make sure your deck says you do AI,” Iana Dimkova, director of healthcare investing at GE Ventures, joked. “It doesn’t...
By Jonah Comstock June 26, 2017
SyncThink, a Boston-based applying VR and eye-tracking to assess ability to focus as an indicator of concussion damage, has launched the next generation of its FDA-cleared EYE-SYNC platform. “Concussion is the most underreported, underdiagnosed, and underestimated type of brain trauma,” CEO Ernest Santin said in a statement. “There is no universally accepted, evidence-based definition of...