(L to R) Dr. Nick Patel, an audience volunteer, and Dr. Robert Louis demonstrate the system (Photo by Jonah Comstock).
February 15, 2019
Dr. Robert Louis, director of the skull base and pituitary tumor program at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute, didn’t set out to use virtual reality as a tool for patient engagement.
Originally, Louis explained during a session at HIMSS19, his department was using the technology — which turns two-dimensional radiology images into a three-dimensional virtual reality flythrough — for surgical...
February 11, 2019
Before we can solve the problems of patient engagement, we have to make sure we’re not the ones creating them. That was one takeaway of Geisinger CIO Karen Murphy’s remarks at the HIMSS Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Orlando this morning.
“We’re trying to innovate because […] patient engagement and patient experience is truly not ideal,” she said. “We have the system arranged so that...
January 30, 2019
Giblib — the maker of a variety of streaming medical education videos that can be viewed the web, on mobile and in virtual reality — has launched a new app on the Oculus Store that features 360-degree VR videos of pre-recorded and live operating room procedures, the company announced yesterday.
The app and its videos are available to any consumers with a subscription to Giblib’s service and an...
January 8, 2019
VRHealth, a tech company focused on virtual reality products for various healthcare implementations, has launched a new set of apps that look to better facilitate remote monitoring and family caregiving.
Developed in collaboration with AARP’s Innovation Lab and announced at CES 2019, the app-based platform employs in-home VR for a range of different use cases and capabilities, according to the...
December 12, 2018
VRHealth has exclusively unveiled to Babyforyou.net.ua a virtual reality product called Luna that was designed to help patients manage hot flashes.
The new VR product, which can be used by patients going through menopause or chemotherapy treatment, employs cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). It also gives users a data analysis of their treatment.
When a user puts on the VR headset, they are...
December 3, 2018
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and LA-based Giblib have teamed up to offer what the organizations say is the first accredited continuing medical education (CME) course delivered entirely via virtual reality.
The course, called Essential GI Surgeries will be available through Giblib's website. It will include 25 hours of real surgeries recorded in 360 VR (as well as in a traditional...
A dual console view of the da Vinci robot with a surgeon performing a robotic assisted surgery at The Royal Marsden Hospital. Photo by: Daniel Leal-Olivas, Getty Images
October 2, 2018
Putting aside sci-fi projections of the ‘rise of the machines’ and romantic visions of near-humanised droids, here we look at the current and future applications of artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) in surgery, and perhaps the most practical current tech application: augmented reality (AR).
In the UK, the Royal College of Surgeons has launched an independent commission to...
September 27, 2018
VRHealth has partnered with Oculus on a range of healthcare-focused virtual reality applications to be delivered via the latter’s hardware, the companies announced yesterday at the Oculus Connect event in San Jose, California.
The two VR companies are planning pain management offerings designed for mothers experiencing pain in labor and for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, as well as...
September 18, 2018
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September 4, 2018
A UK hospital is giving parents-to-be a more immersive look at what introducing labor and birth may entail.
The Hull Women and Children's Hospital project allows future parents to virtually see the experience of a woman using a birthing pool and ‘join’ an operating theatre where a patient is undergoing a caesarean section.
“The [virtual reality] headsets mean people feel like they are in the room...