VR helping to alleviate physical pain

By October 20, 2016
Keywords : e-Health, America, VR
DeepstreamVR

DeepstreamVR provides Virtual Reality content designed to assist patients suffering from major burns, convalescing after illness or operations, or suffering from chronic pain.

According to a recent report by Goldman Sachs, the market for Virtual Reality (VR) apps for the healthcare sector is set to reach a total value of $5.1 billion by 2025.

Some weeks ago L’Atelier reported on a therapy called Bravemind used by Professor Skip Rizzo, Director for Medical Virtual Reality at the Institute for Creative Technologies at the University of Southern California. The therapy draws on VR to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, an anxiety syndrome common among war veterans.

In addition to treating psychological disorders, however, Virtual Reality can also deliver benefits for our physical health. Howard Rose, co-founder and CEO of Palo Alto-based DeepstreamVR – who met with participants on the Learning Expedition on connected health which L'Atelier ran in San Francisco in September – pointed out that “Virtual Reality can bring about a real reduction in pain for serious burn victims, convalescing patients and people suffering from chronic pain. It can also positively impact patient behaviour, educating them through immersive, engaging content.”

Rose’s company, DeepstreamVR, develops VR content for the purpose of alleviating pain in patients, an approach whose effectiveness has been clinically proved. The startup markets its product COOL!  to a range of medical organisations. “The impact of patient immersion can be measured using biosensors, which helps us to adjust the content according to the data we collect, and so we can optimise patient results,” explained Howard Rose. In the longer term, he plans to develop a search engine fed by biosensor data and Artificial Intelligence input, which will be able to recommend personalised therapeutic content to patients.

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