We have already talked about Sheba Medical Center’s plan to use telehealth for the treatment of coronavirus patients. That, apparently, was just a first step — with the next one involving virtual reality.
XRHealth is Sheba’s “partner in crime” and it will be providing VR telehealth services to help treat coronavirus-exposed patients quarantined at Sheba Medical Center and, eventually, to monitor them after they return home.
Specifically, XRHealth is “chipping in” with VR headsets preloaded with its specialized apps and data analysis capabilities. These will also enable patients to take virtual tours of numerous geographical destinations all over the world.
“The ability to put on a headset, lay back, relax and virtually visit amazing places will help patients cope with feelings of isolation while being in quarantine,” Eran Orr, CEO of XRHealth, said in a statement. “Our VR treatment platform also has therapeutic programs to assist with stress and anxiety, which are also prominent concerns for those being treated for Coronavirus.”
The Sheba Medical Center will be using telemedicine as the primary means of interacting and treating those who have had exposure with the COVID-19 virus, while they remain in a specialized quarantine area on campus. Utilizing multiple technologies, including the VR headsets, Sheba staff will be able to continuously monitor those quarantined while maintaining very limited physical contact.
XRHealth recently became the first company to set up virtual reality telehealth clinics in the United States. Starting March 15, XRHealth’s certified VR telehealth clinicians will provide care in ten states with additional states coming on board in the coming months.