The Baylor Scott & White Research Institute (Dallas, USA) will work on a VR simulator to improve hiatal hernia surgery training. This work is supported by the US National Institutes of Health and should go up to the complete validation of the process. It is lead by Dr Ganesh Sankaranarayanan who has worked on many immersive tools for surgery. The study, titled Development and Validation of a Virtual Laparoscopic Hiatal Hernia Simulator (VLaHHS), will be led by…"NIH awards Baylor Scott & White Research Institute R01 grant for surgical simulator study"
In this review authors show today results of VR uses in Parkinson disease rehabilitation and emphasize the lack of large studies on this topic. They also give advices for future studies and clinical trials. This Review examines the rationale and evidence for using VR in the assessment and rehabilitation of people with PD, makes recommendations for future research and discusses the use of VR in the clinic. In the assessment of people with PD, VR has…"Virtual reality in research and rehabilitation of gait and balance in Parkinson disease"
Jefferson Health (Philadelphia, USA) made a short video to explain as clearly as possible what is VR (and why to use it) to patients, before they enter in a VR research study. It is useful to inform the patient (of course) but also help them to understand better the survey form, and it improve quality results. If you are interested you can contact the Jefferson Health to adapt this video. However, we have often found…"Introduction Video for Patient Participation in VR Research Studies"
In this article authors follow several goals around VR uses in pain treatment. They want in particular to test the possibility for patient to be autonomous in using these technologies and check their engagement. Even if the sample patient is small, results are very encouraging and demonstrate efficiency and real engagement. The VR and audio groups launched a total of 1067 and 1048 sessions, respectively. The majority of VR participants (n=19/25, 76%) reported no nausea…"Self-Administered Skills-Based Virtual Reality Intervention for Chronic Pain: Randomized Controlled Pilot Study"
In this article, Simon Chandler presents some VR software used today to fight stress due to actual pandemic. Both COVID patients and healthcare professionals use AR and VR to do meditation and relaxation. What’s significant about the use of VR and AR for anxiety relief is that both offer a greater sense of reality and immersion than, say, conventional meditation or mindfulness practice. It’s largely for this reason that figures working within the AR/VR industry…"Meet The Companies Using VR To Treat Coronavirus-Related Stress And Anxiety"
Both Flow and RetinaRisk will use a part of this founding to accelerate the international development of their products. Company Flow has also announced that its software will be adapted to individual uses and not only corporate. Iceland Venture Studio, a fund devoted to growing Icelandic tech startups, has announced that it has raised USD $2 million (in addition to its USD $1 million fund from 2019), and has made additional investments into its first…"Icelandic VR Meditation Studio Receives $500K Funding"
In this article Joel Landau (founder of “the Allure Group”) explains the implementation of VT technologies in his company and why he thinks it’s a game changer for the skilled nursing facilities. As VR technology continues to improve, incorporating additional sensory engagement modalities will increase the range to which VR can be applied. I see an opportunity for care facilities to care for and engage residents with cognitive and behavioral deficits through VR. By identifying…"Leveraging Virtual Reality In Skilled Nursing Facilities"
In this article, you will discover how the St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton team continues to train surgeons, even in the COVID-19 crisis. “With virtual reality, you can go back over complicated procedures. In a real operating room, you can’t cut twice,” Dr. Khanna says. “My hypothesis is those who train virtually will be more prepared, confident, and comfortable with surgeries in the real world.” Source: St. Joe’s surgeons in training use virtual reality to sharpen…"St. Joe’s surgeons in training use virtual reality to sharpen skills"
To reduce preventable medical errors, an AI assistance to surgeons is more realistic than a wide spread of robotic surgery. In this article (and the associated paper) authors share some tips to make this assistance real today. The paper’s authors propose AI as an effective augmentation tool to enhance in situ surgical decision making. We’re already seeing the first examples of this come to market. For example, a company called Activ Surgical, a digital surgery company…"Should AI assist in surgical decision-making?"
In 2018, Cedar-Sinai Health Systems in Los Angeles conducted a study involving 120 subjects. “VR significantly reduces pain versus an active control condition in hospitalized patients,” the study found. “VR is most effective for severe pain.” On a scale of one to 10, with 10 being the worst pain, pain can be reduced by five points through the use of VR experiences, Louis said. With such significant reductions in pain, there is less need to use opioids…"SoCal Patients Use Imagination To Control Pain With VR"
As a global leader in medical simulation training, Swiss-based VirtaMed will use the coming months as a unique opportunity to provide courses with their latest surgical simulators in hospitals. From St. Gallen to Geneva, surgical departments will welcome a mobile simulation lab that is kitted out with virtual reality simulators and run by an expert team. Source: Swiss-based VirtaMed provides surgical training in hospitals with mobile simulation lab"Swiss-based VirtaMed provides surgical training in hospitals with mobile simulation lab"
In this article you will discover an US gaming platform, MindMotion Go, used by medical people to help patients in the rehabilitation phase. One the the main advantages of this tool is the ability to use it with a very simple device, even at home. According to Dr. Preeti Raghavan, of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the MindMotion GO gaming platform that the telehealth rehab is using is “a brand-new rehabilitation technology platform on…"How Virtual Reality Video Games Are Helping Patients Regain Mobility"
The REAL System is a portable VR rehabilitation solution for upper-extremity rehabilitation that can be used at the patient’s bedside, in a therapy gym, or in a mobile health location. The three main components of the system include the Vive Focus headset, a set of six sensors, and a tablet with the TherapyView™ app that allows the clinician to administer and monitor the therapy session. The REAL System from Penumbra company combine hardware devices and software…"HTC VIVE Technology used in Penumbra’s REAL System for Stroke Patient Recovery"
Moxi is designed to reduce nurse workloads by handling tasks like collecting supplies, gathering soiled linens, and delivering fresh ones, and it’s coming to market during the COVID-19 crisis, when nurses are in short supply. In addition to tackling mundane aspects of the job, the robot can also help reduce health care professionals’ exposure to disease. The robot Moxi has been used in 3 US hospitals since 3 years. This new fund raising will allow…"Diligent Robotics raises $10 million for nurse assistant robot Moxi"
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Augmedics has closed a new round to secure the commercialization of the xvision Spine System. Augmedics, a pioneer in augmented reality surgical image guidance, has raised $15 million in Series B financing, led by its U.S. staff. In a nearly unprecedented move, the company’s employees formed limited liability company AUG Management LLC to raise $4 million in an effort to secure and successfully launch the company as venture capital (VC) all…"Augmedics Employees Lead $15 Million Series B Financing to Secure and Successfully Launch Company Amid COVID-19 Crisis"
Dr. Walter Greenleaf will discuss his work and vision relative to the state-of-the-art virtual reality (VR) in the field of medicine and wellbeing. His talk will also highlight his insights on how scientific rigger and research is critical to the establishment of viable new knowledge and products for medical use in this time of popular press grabs for attention in applied VR. Source: Translating VR Research into Medical Impact with Walther Greenleaf Ph.D. – Crowdcast"Translating VR Research into Medical Impact with Walther Greenleaf Ph.D., webinar July 1st | 12:00 PM EDT"
Multi-users function is now integrated in the “Precision OS” tools and allows people to learn surgical process together. The enhancement grants multiple users in different locations simultaneous access to the same learning module. The platform runs with the Oculus Quest headset, making it a portable and cost-effective option that could theoretically be used anywhere in the world. “Multiplayer is literally and figuratively adding another dimension to our proficiency focused training platform. Enabling this type of…"Precision OS Launches Multiplayer Tool For VR Surgical Training"
The new version of FundamentalVR tool allows to use stand alone headsets from Oculus and HTC. It’s a major ecolution to decrease devices cost for users. British tech company FundamentalVR has been at the forefront of virtual reality (VR) training in the healthcare system, primarily focused on surgical education via its Fundamental Surgery platform. Today, the company has announced an expansion into standalone headset support for the likes of Oculus Quest and HTC Vive Focus…"FundamentalVR Expands Surgical Training Platform Support to Oculus Quest"
In UK, the creation of the “Ventilator Challenge UK” has request a rapid switch for industrial people. The use of augmented reality to acquire new skills has been crucial. Rather than putting wearers of the headset in a fully computer-generated world, as virtual reality does, HoloLens allows users to place 3D digital models in the room alongside them; users can walk around the objects they create and interact with them using gestures, gaze and voice.…"AMRC produces AR headsets to manufacture medical ventilators"
In this article you will discover some of the top Seattle startups which work in immersive healthcare technologies like Pyrus Medical or Exonicus. There are not enough patients at every hospital to support the skills needed to do these kind of [complicated surgical] procedures,” Seslar says. “And so I think we need to find another way of getting the care there. And remote robotics [enabled via virtual reality technology], I think provides that opportunity, if…"Surgical Superpowers: When Virtual Reality Becomes Real"
Dr. Keith Mortman (George Washington University) and Surgical Theater have show a way to see lungs CT scan pictures thanks to virtual reality. They shown interesting facts in the effects of this disease. One discovery that’s particularly concerning is the fact that COVID-19 survivors may wind up with major, lasting lung damage if the inflammation doesn’t subside over time. At that point, “it becomes essentially scarring in the lungs,” Mortman explained, and “could impact somebody’s…"GWU uses VR to take you inside a coronavirus-damaged lung"
In this article, authors present new vascular simulations with VR visualisation. We thus developed Harvis, a software platform with a flexible GUI for performing vascular simulations and a VR-capable interface for geometry modification and flow visualization. The aim of Harvis is to streamline and integrate this process for research use and future clinical applications. Source: Harvis: an interactive virtual reality tool for hemodynamic modification and simulation – ScienceDirect"Harvis: an interactive virtual reality tool for hemodynamic modification and simulation"
Pixee Medical, a France-based medical company, has received CE marking certification for Knee+, the first orthopedic navigation system using augmented reality smart glasses for total knee arthroplasty. Pixee Medical has got a CE marking certification for Knee+, a navigation system that help surgeons in total knee arthroplasty. The system use a Vuzix’ M400 Smart Glasses for visualization. This certification is a condition to the opening of the European Union market. The next step for the company…"Vuzix announces the World’s First Orthopedic Navigation System Using Augmented Reality Smart Glasses developed by Pixee Medical"
In this article, authors compare several Ki‐67 scoring methods to those which use a augmented reality microscope. Conclusions discuss balance between rapidity and accuracy. The Ki‐67 index is important for grading neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) in cytology. However, different counting methods exist. Recently, augmented reality microscopy (ARM) has enabled real‐time image analysis using glass slides. The objective of the current study was to compare different traditional Ki‐67 scoring methods in cell block material with newer methods…"Ki‐67 proliferation index in neuroendocrine tumors: Can augmented reality microscopy with image analysis improve scoring"
In this article, authors present a method of 3D measure in order to diagnosis BCRL. Breast cancer related lymphedema (BCRL) is a detrimental condition characterized by fluid accumulation in the upper limb in breast cancer patients subjected to axillary surgery and/or radiations. Its etiology is multifactorial and include also tumor-specific pathological features, such as lymphovascular invasion (LVI) and extranodal extension (ENE). To date, no widely employed guidelines for the early diagnosis of BCRL are available.…"Integrating augmented reality tools in breast cancer related lymphedema prognostication and diagnosis"
In this webinar, Dr. Amar Patel (Chief Learning Officer at CAE Healthcareyou) presents current uses of new technologies in healthcare, and especially of medical simulation training programs Artificial intelligence (AI), mixed reality (MR), and augmented mixed reality (AMR), have become a hot topic across multiple industries worldwide. Yet, educational programs are still grappling with how to integrate and utilize it, and educators are faced with creating and distributing content in a unique and relational format. Source:…"Recorded Webinar: Using AI and Augmented Mixed Reality to Enhance Training Experiences"
The findings show statistically significant higher QoE ratings for AR feedback. Also, the number of knee misalignments was reduced after users experienced AR feedback (35% improvement with AR feedback relative to baseline when compared to haptic). Gender analysis showed significant differences in performance for number of misalignments and time to correct valgus misalignment (for males when they experienced AR feedback). The female group self-reported higher utility and QoE ratings for AR when compared to m…"A Quality of Experience assessment of haptic and augmented reality feedback modalities in a gait analysis system"
In this article, authors explain a system to improve precision for the localisation of frontal sinus before surgery. This method use holographic reconstruction from CT scans images and Magic Leap AR goggles for visualization. Our team developed an AR system to create a 3‐dimensional (3D) hologram of key anatomical structures, based on CT scans images. Using Magic Leap AR goggles for visualization, the frontal sinus hologram was aligned to the surface anatomy in 6 fresh…"Application of holographic augmented reality for external approaches to the frontal sinus"
Les applications de XRHealth couvrent de nombreux champs thérapeutiques et elles sont prescrites par des médecins qui peuvent également suivre les évolutions de leurs patients. La start-up américaine XRHealth a levé 7 millions de dollars pour développer ses applications thérapeutiques en réalité augmentée. Les séances sont prescrites par un professionnel de santé et intégralement remboursées par le système d’assurance. Une plate-forme permet de compiler les données médicales pour voir la progression des utilisateurs. Source: XRHealth…"XRHealth lève 7 millions de dollars pour développer ses applications thérapeutiques immersives"
In the North Lincolnshire, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) could now use a “VR kit” to help them in the rehabilitation phase. The software part of the kit is developed by Concept Health Technologies. The program is supported by NHS England after a pilote phase with impressive results. GP practices in the region are offering patients living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD) a kit consisting of a VR headset, wearable sensor and…"North Lincolnshire lung patients first in UK to be offered ‘virtual rehab’"
Healthcare professionals are well aware of the importance of hand hygiene – and this is part of their training,” said Professor Didier Pittet, Director, Infection Prevention and Control Program at the University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine Geneva, Switzerland. “The exciting thing about this innovative training in virtual reality is that it allows professionals to test their knowledge in a safe simulation of a patient environment and to receive direct feedback – and…"Tork offers virtual reality hand hygiene training"
onning the VR headset, Steinberg was able to enlarge the heart to see the degree of blockage and its location in the vessel. He could see the hole in the septum and its proximity to vessels and, importantly, to the mechanical aortic valve implanted in Cronk in 2011. “When you’re implanting devices with a catheter, you don’t want to fix one problem only to create another,” Steinberg said. “The VR perspective gave us landmarks and…"VR helps cardiologist detect patient’s injury and repair a broken heart"
The “VR Telehealth Clinic” of XRHealth was lauched last month in 8 US states. The goal is to help patients to be well at home and, at the same time, constantly monitored by a physician. The system is covered by major US insurance providers. Patients will be given an assessment by one of XRHealth’s telehealth clinicians. Following this assessment, patients will then get a VR headset in the mail, if they do not already have…"XRHealth launches VR telehealth clinic"
Are games good to train physicians and medical professionals ? The startup Level Ex thinks yes and offers many applications to illustrate this principle! Level Ex is one of several companies reimagining ongoing medical education for doctors. There are a bevy of technologies entering this space, including virtual reality, augmented reality, video games like those from Level Ex, and advanced robots. All are a piece of the broader medical simulation market, an industry that is…"The future of doctor training is video games and robots"
A research team from the University of Malta uses VR to help people to “forget” pain by distraction. Alexiei Dingli, a professor at the Department of Artificial Intelligence, and his team are developing an application named Morpheus, which will help reduce pain in patients without the use of medication. The app will be downloadable on smartphones and will work in tandem with a VR (virtual reality) set and a smartwatch to distract the user from…"Managing pain through distraction"
The updated version developed by Augmentiqs, a startup founded in 2016, is an electro-optic device combining software and hardware that integrates within existing microscopes, connecting them to a PC and transforming them into smart and connected instruments. In this article, Augmentiqs presents his technology to augment optical microscope. This device allows pathologists to tag information directly on “live” pictures and to share it in real time with colleagues. It eases collaborative analysis. Source: Microscopes go…"Microscopes go high-tech thanks to startup Augmentiqs"
A team from Rhode Island Hospital uses Hololens glasses to improve health education. With the help of the university’s library they also build a free repository of scientific ressources. The team focused on creating an augmented reality representation — a holoimage — of patient anatomy. These holoimage representations are hologram-like projections that are fixed in space, said Owen Leary ’18 MD ’24, one of the student creators of the project and a current clinical research…"R.I. Hospital utilizes 3D, Augmented, Virtual Reality"
Building hospitals and, in particular, operating rooms is very complex. The cost could increase dramatically if a little mistake is done during the design process. In this article authors explain how 3D modeling (not only virtual reality) simplifies this collaborative task and helps people to imagine new solutions. It allows for immediate experiences and on-demand reconfigurations at significantly lower costs than building physical mock-ups does. This freedom in the virtual world offers several benefits in testing…"Evolving healthcare design with virtual reality technology"
In they new devices, Neofect has implemented augmented reality effects to stimulate patients and made rehabilitation process more fun. Smart Balance aims to turn what can be a monotonous process into fun and engaging exercise. It features 16 rehabilitation games that emphasize core strength, restabilization and balance, all with the goal of helping patients walk unassisted. Source: Augmented Reality puts fun into Neofect’s latest therapy device – Products – McKnight’s Long Term Care News"Augmented Reality puts fun into Neofect’s latest therapy device"
The “HealthStream Resuscitation Innovation Lab” is a pilot program from Community Health Systems to train medical to face code blue emergencies (cardiac arrests). The goal is to improve leadership capabilities thanks to virtual environments. Participants wearing VR headsets will be tasked with leading a virtual clinical team through the process of resuscitating a cardiac arrest patient, answering questions from the program as they go along; the system currently comprises three separate resuscitation patient cases. Source:…"CHS pilots VR program to improve clinical leadership"
SightPlus, a product from GiveVision , allows patients with sight loss to significantly improve their sight. A study from Moorfields Eye Hospital shows impressive results with more than ” 98% of patients saw their vision improve by an average of six lines on a sight test chart when they used the device.” We founded GiveVision in 2014 with the aim of developing an advanced, flexible, and wearable low vision aid which could transform the lives…"How VR Is Helping Visually Impaired Patients Regain Close To Normal Levels Of Sight"
Oxford VR, founded in 2017 offers services in VR therapy against fear of heights and social anxiety. The company, which span out of Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry in 2017, raised the money in a Series A round of funding led by Optum Ventures. According to a press release, the new funds will “enable Oxford VR to accelerate US expansion of its evidence-based and scalable automated VR therapy solution and to continue to expand its treatment pipeline.”Oxford…"Oxford VR Therapy Platform Lands £10 Million In Investment"
Look at this travel in the close future for healthcare, done by authors from the “NHS Long Term Plan” (UK). Revolutions? By 2030, artificial intelligence (AI) will be used to help clinicians in applying best practice and supporting patients in managing their health and condition. Predictive techniques will be used to support local health systems to plan care for populations. When ill, people will be increasingly cared for in their own home, with the option…"The digital future of the healthcare industry"
In this article, author lists many connected devices presented at the last CES. Always between health and wellness, these products will easy everyday life (we hope!) but also highlight the problem of personal data. CES is back again with scores of new consumer tech products in tow, and digital health is no exception. Players big and small to Las Vegas each year to unveil and promote devices, whether they be focused on health monitoring, restful sleeping, fitness,…"The devices, software and other health tech headlines of CES 2020"
Alcove is an application available for free on Oculus Go. It’s not exactly a health application but it’s easy to imagine uses for wellness, meditation or simply encourage relationship between different people, for example for link with elders ones. Enter your family corner in VR, and bring your dear ones – young and old inside a virtual world filled with immersive experiences across entertainment, family, travel, health and wellness. Imagine swimming with dolphins in the…"Alcove on Oculus Go"
With this new round of fundraising , Health Scholars wants to improve quality and quantity of training modules. They also will be able to increase the number of hospital partnerships. Health Scholars, known for their VR simulations and cloud-based training platform utilized for management, delivery, and analysis of clinical training, is excited to announce the successful completion of a $17M round of fundraising with investments from Arboretum Ventures, Venture Investors, Capital Midwest Fund, OSF HealthCare, as…"Health Scholars, the Virtual Reality Healthcare Training Platform, Raises $17M in Series B funding"
British startup Touch Surgery has borrowed $70 million to fund its training technology for doctors, according to the Telegraph.The newspaper reported that Touch Surgery arranged the loan in October last year, after having previously raised $19.5 million from the Silicon Valley venture capital fund 8VC. Source: Medical training startup Touch Surgery secures $70m in debt funding | MobiHealthNews US medical technology provider Medtronic has announced the acquisition of Digital Surgery, a UK-based company specialising in surgical…"Medical training startup Touch Surgery secures $70m in debt funding just before acquisition by Medtronic"
This is a very exiting project, leaded by a research team from University of Texas at Dallas and support by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It’s about the use of virtual interactions to improve medical students communication skills. The team develops a virtual patient, called Walter with a a degree of emotional interactions. “Augmented reality means you’re taking reality and adding something virtual to it,” said Marjorie Zielke PhD’07, research professor and…"Virtual Patient Project Aims To Develop Smarter Medical Students"
In the Journal of Cellular Physiology, a team of Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine presented a study where VR is very efficient for stress prevention. The study was done on almost 100 women and results show significant decrease of anxiety level. Innovative research led by Temple College of Science and Technology’s Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine suggests that interventions using virtual reality (VR) during chemotherapy have significant potential to improve…"Virtual realities: research reveals promising intervention in cancer treatment"
MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) test VR training solutions to validate future uses in industries. These solutions will be used to train people in sterilisation and GMP setting. It will be also useful to better understand the purpose of MHRA inspection. It is very interesting to see these technologie validated by the regulator and we can imagine a fast spreading! The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has joined with US-based Quality…"UK drugs regulator uses VR to train staff on GMP standards"