Immersive technologies are now used widely in a variety of medical applications with virtual reality being at the vanguard of emerging innovations that are successfully being deployed in the health sector to deliver efficiency and improve patient outcomes.
One of the startups at the forefront of the immersive revolution in the health sector is XRHealth. This is a Boston-based digital health startup that widely utilizes extended reality and therapeutic applications to deliver a virtual reality and augmented reality platform for the medical industry. Formerly known as VRHealth, XRHealth has now opened its virtual reality platform to third-party developers.
The health startup aims to provide a toolkit that will assist providers, payers and pharmas and which will also be a one-stop-shop for virtual reality products for the medical industry. XRHealth has been very active in this sector and has developed numerous virtual reality health apps to address diverse health needs ranging from care-giving to hot flashes.
Over the past three years of its presence in the health sector, XRHealth has grown its product from a single app in the beginning to a suite of apps designed to address wide-ranging needs. In the past three years, VRHealth/XRHealth has been busy developing the backend analysis and remote monitoring capabilities while also building its own suite of apps. In pursuit of scalability, XRHealth eventually decided to open its platform to third-party developers so as to offer developers the toolbox and suite of apps that would help them expedite app development for the healthcare market. This will in turn save developers lots of time and money that would have been spent on working on single apps.
This development is also coming at a time when Healium, a platform capable of tracking the brainwaves and heart rate of a user and then transferring these patterns to a visual mindfulness in order to relieve stress, is also making a move to integrate with the XRHealth platform. Healium specializes in creating virtual reality experiences that users can grow with biometric feedback through the use of their Apple Watch. The Healium system can teach a person’s body how to handle stress and allows them to experience changes in their moods in virtual reality.
Stress is currently one of the biggest health challenges globally. It leads to various kinds of illnesses including lifestyle diseases and damps productivity at the workplace. The Healium stress solution is therefore an important addition to the existing remedies and coping strategies which are already in place. The solution is biometrically-controlled and has been designed to leverage VR to reduce both stress and anxiety.
Through the use of normal consumer wearables such as watches, Fitbit and the heart rate monitors that have been built into the EEG headbands, it is possible to take users on story-driven escapades that are controllable through the user’s emotions.
Healium goes way beyond what is available on virtual reality relaxation apps such as the Guided Meditation VR by immersing the user into a tranquil environment while empowering them with the ability to interact with the stress-relieving experiences or solutions in the app.
This way, the XRHealth solution brings therapeutic media access to more people who might need it. The biometrically-powered stories by Healium will go along way in addressing the numerous illnesses resulting from stress, making it a perfect complement for XRHealth’s growing library of virtual reality content.
Apart from Healium, there are other companies that are already working with XRHealth such as VirZOOM and Healing Healthcare Systems. The VirZOOM platform is a fitness portal which originally began as a Bluetooth-connected cycling machine.
The XRHealth solution also performs data monitoring which gives useful insights to doctors, patients and caregivers on how every solution is impacting the patient’s health. This also allows the caregivers or doctors to remotely control the patient’s virtual reality experiences to achieve the desired outcomes.
Why this is Important
Virtual reality is still a relatively new niche in the healthcare scene. However, it is a use-case that is growing rapidly both in terms of popularity and validation by health professionals and regulators. Currently, virtual reality is seeing some successes in its deployment to improve patient education, minimize pain in pediatric applications and in helping individuals overcome phobias. Ther e are numerous other use-cases that are proving quite invaluable for the healthcare sector.
The opening up of the XRHealth platform will make it a one-stop portal for various kinds of virtual reality products and experiences that could be developed and deployed for the sector. It will certainly expand the scope and scale of applications to be developed while speeding up the time and minimizing the costs associated with VR development and deployment in the healthcare sector.
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