VRHealth launches first telehealth-VR health data platform
Partnership with AARP influences new VR Medical Platform
— by Kristi Hansen Onkka
This week I met with the founder and CEO of VRHealth, Eran Orr, to take a look at this ground breaking VRHealth telehealth-VR platform. We met at the AARP Innovation Lab booth located within the vastly growing healthcare section of the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show.
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It was here at CES 2019 that VRHealth launched it’s telehealth-VR platform. VRHealth is not just a typical healthcare + virtual reality application, it’s a combination of immersive virtual reality healthcare activities and health data capture. As a user interacts with the content such as games that assess and train cognitive skills, activities that mitigate hot flashes, and meditation for providing pain relief, health data is captured to provide real-time feedback to clinicians, caregivers and the patients themselves. This allows for ongoing monitoring and management of health conditions over time.
VRHealth is powerful virtual reality healthcare
Out of all the VRHealth telehealth-VR applications, I personally really liked Luna, the VRHealth virtual reality experience that promises to combat hot flashes. If anyone has ever been to CES, they know that it can get super hot on the show floor with all the people, backpacks, lights and technology. By the time I made it to the AARP Innovation Lab booth, I was ready to cool down. Eran put the OculusGo on me and directed me to the application that would give me relief. Once launched, an artificial intelligence (AI) therapist guided me through a series of breathing exercises while immersing me in a winter wonderland of visually-cold white snow.,
The serenity of the animated landscape allowed my brain to adjust to the stimuli and I started to physically feel cooler. I followed the instructions to yawn and manage my breathing. The whole experience was easy and intuitive. After, Eran was able to show me a bit about what health data was captured which is accessed via a patient data web portal. Readers of healthiAR.com know that there have been other companies that have attempted to reduce pain or heat sensation through visual stimuli and virtual reality. But VRHealth is the first to add the artificial intelligent therapist as a guide and, more importantly, the health data reporting feature. They are also the first to be registered with the FDA for such use.
VRHealth has made a name for itself as a revolutionary medical device company that uses analytics and virtual reality to improve patient experiences. VRHealth’s Eran Orr explained to me that they are the first certified virtual reality medical company in the world and all its medical applications are FDA registered. Their mission is to provide clinically relevant virtual reality healthcare products that focus on motor cognitive, physical, psychological, postural ability and pain assessment and treatment.
Users control who has access to health data
VRHealth’s new application recognizes the benefits of telehealth by allowing patients control over their health data and who it is shared with.
Patients can grant data access to their family members, caregivers, and physicians, allowing them to become active participants in medical decisions.
Our VRHealth telehealth-VR platform is a crucial step in the healthcare process because it enables patients to engage in a healthcare routine in the comfort of their own home while providing access to their health data directly to their doctors. Any adjustments that need to be made to a patient healthcare regime can be adjusted based on the data in the platform.
Partnering with AARP
AARP has a long history as a driving force behind products that are focused on the healthcare needs of today’s aging society, namely those over the age of 50. Since 2015, AARP has been working with startups via their Innovation Lab program. AARP Innovation Labs allows startups to collaborate with AARP to create solutions that improve the health and lives of aging citizens.
As a resident at AARP Innovation Lab, VRHealth and Eran Orr was able to bring their virtual reality-based telehealth solution to the “Health and Wellness” section of Alcove VR, a virtual reality application that connects families from different generations and socioeconomic backgrounds inside an immersive experience in the virtual world regardless of location.
In addition to remote health monitoring and real time health data, VRHealth’s platform will continue to expand its immersive health virtual reality environment including brain health applications, memory span and cognitive skills, neck exercises, and pain management techniques.
For those who don’t have access to Alcove VR, the VRHealth’s health platform is also available through the Oculus store.
For more information about VRHealth and its products, visit their website: https://www.xr.health/.
About Kristi Hansen Onkka
Kristi is the founder of healthiAR and is an expert on the impact immersive technology is having on healthcare. Visit her at getkristi.com.
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