Healthcare Focuses on the Possibilities of Virtual Reality

Healthcare Focuses on the Possibilities of Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality headsets like Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift might seem more suited to the gaming industry, but healthcare providers are finding a use for them as well.

VR headsets are popping up in clinical studies across the globe, in projects ranging from pain control to stress relief to physical and behavioral therapy. Researchers see the technology as a tool to “train the brain” to reinforce good habits and get rid of old ones.

VR “has proven over the past couple of years that it can completely change your … perception of the world,” says David Rhew, MD, Samsung’s chief medical officer and head of healthcare and fitness. “This could be a very interesting and very powerful non-narcotic adjunct” for many different therapies.

At Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, is launching the largest VR-based clinical study to date, focused on applying the technology to in-patient pain management, narcotic use, hospital length of stay and patient satisfaction. He’s working with AppliedVR, a Los Angeles-based mHealth company (Cedars-Sinai is an investor in the company) and one of the leaders in bringing VR technology to healthcare.

Related Offerings

Next Article

Did you find this useful?

Medigy Innovation Network

Connecting innovation decision makers to authoritative information, institutions, people and insights.

Medigy Logo

The latest News, Insights & Events

Medigy accurately delivers healthcare and technology information, news and insight from around the world.

The best products, services & solutions

Medigy surfaces the world's best crowdsourced health tech offerings with social interactions and peer reviews.

© 2022 Netspective Media LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Built on Dec 2, 2022 at 2:33pm