An article and video from Bloomberg outlines the way hospitals are testing VR as a way of relieving pain and lowering anxiety. VR Digest publisher Studio Transcendent is development partner to AppliedVR, a startup dedicated to helping put these applications in the hands of doctors.
“Virtual Reality has a way of effecting people physically, emotionally and, to some degree, even socially. … In the 18 years that I’ve been practicing medicine, I can’t think of anything that I’ve done that has been more effective, and you can physically see [the patients’] body language change. … They often will look straight ahead like they’re looking at a still image; the minute they turn their head...that’s sort of the magical moment.”
“We need a virtual reality pharmacy, a shelf, so to speak, of VR content that’s evidence based, that I can reach off the shelf and map to my patients’ needs. … This is not about Silicon Valley entrepreneurism; it’s about when and whether we should interact technology with the compelling human experience of being a patient. It’s not a computing science. It’s not an engineering science. It’s a social science.”
--Brennan Spiegel, MD, a gastroenterologist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center