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VRHealth, Oculus to use VR to enhance patient healthcare

The company is using Oculus Go and Rift to provide VR solutions for a variety of health challenges, from pain management to alleviating patient anxiety.

VRHealth, Oculus to use VR to enhance patient healthcare

VRHealth is working with Oculus to deliver their newest health and wellness solutions using Oculus products. The company sees the potential of virtual reality solutions to be transformative for the healthcare industry since the immersive experience and ability to monitor progress has enormous potential benefits for patients, doctors, and healthcare facilities.

Specifically, VRHealth is using Oculus Go and Rift to provide VR technology solutions for a variety of health challenges, from pain management for birthing mothers and cancer patients during chemotherapy to alleviating patient anxiety before and after surgery. Virtual reality transports patients to an environment where they can view and experience treatment in a more positive light.

The company's offering includes ground-breaking cognitive testing, pain management, and psychological assessment solutions. VRHealth's non-invasive medical tools are provided via VR content while utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) and cloud-computing algorithms to deliver advanced data analytics. VRHealth uses highly-accurate tracking tools and provides data analysis for use in a hospital, medical facilities or in a remote environment, and are already seeing early success in medical facilities and hospitals — including Stanford Sports Medicine, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Hoag Hospital Network, and Mass General Hospital's Sports Medicine Center.

The patient data is quantified and updated to a data portal in real-time, providing healthcare professionals with information that can be used to personalize a patient's treatment plan. Providers, payers and users can receive the data as well and become more active participants in the healing process.

"Virtual reality has the power to ease the pain of chemotherapy treatment, create a seamless environment for physical therapy exercises, and train children with ADHD to focus their attention," VRHealth CEO Eran Orr said in a statement. "It used to be that when people thought of virtual reality – entertainment and games were the first application that came to mind but we see that applying the effects of VR to the healthcare industry has the potential to improve many lives and aid doctors in providing personalized and comfortable experiences for their patients."

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