New AI ‘virtual patient’ technology to aid NHS medical training

The Virti technology has been developed since several years but the 2020 pandemic was a real boost in usages sharing. This application was awarded by  TIME’s best inventions of 2020. The “virtual patient” uses Natural Language Processing (NLP), speech recognition and “narrative branching” to simulate realistic patient responses in life-like medical role-plays. The AI impacts the patient’s speech, body language and mannerisms and provides feedback to the user as they interact with the “patient” in…

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Seniors escape isolation of pandemic with the help of virtual reality

A new example of the use of VR to fight loneliness for elder people. As Dr Roger Tabbatt explains, it’s not only a consequence of the actual pandemic but a major change in the care of retired. Recreational therapist Roger Tabbatt began adding virtual reality as a way to not only entertain patients but also lift their spirits. “I understand, I feel how tough it is for them to not be able to go out…

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XRHealth announces Virtual Reality therapy application to help treat ADHD

In this article the XRHealth VR application in presented and all modules are explained. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children and during the pandemic, this VR solution could help many people. XRHealth, a provider of therapeutic extended reality (XR) solutions, has recently announced a new virtual reality (VR) therapy application for people with ADHD. The application is aimed to improve well known ADHD cognitive functioning such as attention,…

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Digital Twins in Healthcare – Insights from Atos Experts

In this very interesting discussion with two experts from ATOS company, you will discover what is a digital twin in the healthcare context and how to use it. To get a better understanding of some of the early use cases for Digital Twins in healthcare, I sat down with Niels Thomsen, VP & Global Head of the Insight (IoT & AI) Practice, and David Sele, Consultant and Business Developer – IoT at Atos.  Along with…

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VR for Seniors: VR Initiatives for Senior Care Residents

In this article, we will find many cases of VR uses in senior living communities. It is not only about physical health because these tools are very adapted to bring “useful” entertainment. Many studies measure benefices of VR tools for elderly people (memory, engagement, physical exercises, feeling of presence, virtuel visits, etc.) The common thread of VR deployments in senior care is fun and engagement. But myriad opportunities to boost strong health might be stronger…

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How VR therapy can cure PTSD, obesity and pain of childbirth

From brain injuries to schizophrenia to dental procedures to end-of-life care, VR has “an uncanny ability to diminish pain, steady nerves, and boost mental health — all without drugs and their unwanted side effects,” he writes. It may sound far-fetched, but Spiegel has successfully used VR on 3,000 patients. He believes that it should be in the arsenal of treatment alongside opioids, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety meds. Big Tech seems to agree: Facebook, Google, HP…

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Researchers use virtual reality to train bystanders to respond to overdoses

This VR simulation helps people to recognize what is a overdose and how to react. This application need only a smartphone and a cardboard. Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a virtual-reality video that trains people to give overdose victims naloxone, the lifesaving opioid-reversal medicine. And a study the researchers conducted shows the virtual training works as effectively as an in-person session. Source: Researchers use virtual reality to train bystanders to respond to overdoses…

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Annenberg creates virtual reality video demonstrating treatment for coronavirus patients

A digital design specialist at the Annenberg School for Communication created a 360-degree virtual reality video demonstrating COVID-19 treatment practices in order to prepare medical staff in remote locations to respond to a possible spike in cases. Through operation on a mannequin, the video depicts a doctor treating a COVID-19 patient suffering from respiratory failure. Kyle Cassidy, from Annenberg School for Communication, in collaboration with Penn Medicine, created a 360° video training to help healthcare…

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4 Examples Of Merging Gaming & Digital Health

In this article, author explain why it’s interesting to “gamify” some parts of health domain and how digitalisation of this sector could benefit of it. From treatment to research, games and games functionalities are powerful tools to help patients. Of course, developers of health apps also made use of gamified features to help users better tend to their health. An excellent example is that of mySugr’s approach for diabetes management. Via its app, the startup…

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NIH awards Baylor Scott & White Research Institute R01 grant for surgical simulator study

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…

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Virtual reality in research and rehabilitation of gait and balance in Parkinson disease

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…

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Introduction Video for Patient Participation in VR Research Studies

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…

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Should AI assist in surgical decision-making?

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…

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Diligent Robotics raises $10 million for nurse assistant robot Moxi

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…

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AMRC produces AR headsets to manufacture medical ventilators

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.…

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Surgical Superpowers: When Virtual Reality Becomes Real

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…

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A Quality of Experience assessment of haptic and augmented reality feedback modalities in a gait analysis system

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…

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R.I. Hospital utilizes 3D, Augmented, Virtual Reality

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…

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How VR Is Helping Visually Impaired Patients Regain Close To Normal Levels Of Sight

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…

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Virtual Patient Project Aims To Develop Smarter Medical Students

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…

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Virtual realities: research reveals promising intervention in cancer treatment

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…

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How artificial intelligence can transform psychiatry

We know that VR can help student in psychiatry to better listen patients during their training period. But now, with machine learning algorithms, doctors can better understand patients during their consultation and they less miss important facts. In this article, Peter Foltz (Institute of Cognitive Science of CU Boulder) explains how it is possible and what we can wait for next years. “The mystery around AI does not nurture trustworthiness, which is critical when applying…

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George Washington University Hospital doctors among first to use virtual reality tech for surgeries

At George Washington University Hospital, surgeons use augmented reality tools to prepare surgical operations. With pictures from CT scan for example, they look directly “on the patient” to prepare as accurately as possible future gestures. As explained, this is a great tool to save time before a operation. Rather than just relying on 2D imaging, surgeons can take a CT scan and create a 360-degree virtual reality platform with it, Dr. Keith Mortman, a thoracic…

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Virtual reality, augmented reality can improve surgeons’ training

In this article Justin Barad (CEO of Osso VR) summarizes benefits of AR and VR in the surgeon’s training. He lists, of course, many useful (and up-to-date) examples but you can find also inside the text an interesting reflexion about the future of these technologies. As author explains, immersive technologies in healthcare are more en more complex and it will become a real challenge to explain to surgeons how to use it in the close…

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Augmented reality glasses may help people with low vision better navigate their environment

A research team of USC (University of Southern California) have made a system to help people with low vision to better see obstacles. The principle is quite simple : object around the user is scanned and overlapped with distinct colors through Hololens glasses. Results are very impressive despite severe limitations due to hardware. In a new study of patients with retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited degenerative eye disease that results in poor vision, Keck School of…

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VR in the Classroom: The Future of Immersive Education with AR/VR

Even if this article is not really related to healthcare sector, it presents the use of VR (and AR) for education and how to use it effectively in a classroom. Immersive technologies have a ability to help students to be concentrated on their tasks. It’s useful for young people and it’s even more useful for people with autistic syndromes, who struggle with soft skills. It’s a new example of amazing possibilities of VR in these…

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How smart glasses will transform surgery

In this short video, we will see how AR glasses is used by a team of Munich’s Technical University in surgery. Researchers at Munich’s Technical University are developing smart surgical glasses for operating theaters. Allowing for a 3D visual representation of the patient, Augmented Reality is set to revolutionize surgery. Source: How smart glasses will transform surgery | Tomorrow Today – The Science Magazine | DW | 27.07.2019

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Enabling health care with artificial intelligence in Australia

In this short article from Dhannu Daniel, managing director at Accenture, you will discover that “93% of health executives have AI projects on their agenda” in Australia! The author explains four big areas where these technologies could be useful, mainly by augmenting people possibilities. A healthcare executive survey showed that an impressive 72% of Australian healthcare leaders are either piloting or planning AI adoption.1 Furthermore, 93% of health executives have AI projects on their agenda,…

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AI Application in Dentistry and its Benefits

In this short article you will learn how AI is going to transform dentistry in many ways. Of course, this technology will help dentist to find problems on bitewing radiographies (like in many other kind of pictures analysing) but it can also help to design prosthetics and even optimizing operations scheduling! Digitization has not only increased the efficiency but also improved the predictability of procedures. Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have a significant impact on dental…

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Is Virtual Reality the ultimate empathy machine for racism?

In this article Jeremy Bailenson, co-producer of 1,000 Cut Journey movie talks about the real action of VR on people behavior, especially if they are “as though they are in the body of someone else”. The Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University and the Cogburn Research Group at Columbia University shown that is possible to increase empathy for others with the use of virtual reality. The most important factor to get best results is the…

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Virtual reality makes real-world difference for high school student with autism

In this short article, you will find how library of Churchill County High School use virtual reality to help students to understand sciences and technologies. And you will discover an unforeseen benefit  with Evan, a 18-year-old autistic student. When Worthy learned the high school library had joined a group of early adopters in a virtual reality program — offered through the Nevada State Library — he brought Evans down to give it a try. Something…

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How Osso VR is Reshaping the Surgical Training Process

Osso VR is a young Boston company which offer a VR solution to train orthopedic surgeons. In this article, Dr. Justin Barad, (CEO) explains how VR could also be use beyond initial training, to measure quantitatily skills for exemple. Training tests has been done and results are really impressive. Dr. Justin Barad hopes to extend perimeter of Osso VR simulations in the next few months to heart surgery. With Osso VR, those who are learning…

"How Osso VR is Reshaping the Surgical Training Process"

Augmented Reality Positioned to Disrupt Children’s Health

Stayhealthy, a Californian company, has chosen to use AR to help children to better know their own body and health. With the application “Color Quest: an Art Adventure” they allow allow children to understand many things by gaming! The company has spent the last twenty years aggressively pursuing science-based research to define the best way to use advanced technologies to give people a better understanding of their own personal healthcare. With a new generation of…

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Physiological Monitoring During Augmented Reality Exercise Confirms Advantages to Health and Well-Being

In this very interesting study about the use of AR as a way to encourage physical exercices, authors demonstrate that results are clear and mesured. AR helps the gamification of exercices and increase the implication of users. The immersion helps also to make exercices for a longer time. This study successfully showed that inexpensive easy-to-use AR systems can effectively contribute to exercise programs. Future game design recommendations, including feedback, mixed reality, and stress tracking, are…

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How Virtual Reality Can Help Fight Dementia

In this article you will discover “Look Back”, a therapy program from the healthcare startup Virtue. Thanks to Virtual Reality, the program help elder people with dementia syndromes to remember their past. Their memories are a a excellent way to remember who they are and where they come from. Some works also show that reminiscent old memories help to improve cognitive functions. Rehman and Gorman are co-founders of the UK-based healthcare startup Virtue, which is focused…

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Augmented reality game helps stroke victims recover faster

Strokes are not always fatal but victims have to endure hard rehabilitation to recover forgotten abilities. Regan David Petrie, Victoria University masters of design and innovation student, created a AR game (NZ Fauna AR) to help patients for stroke rehabilitation. The classical game elements like rewards and progressive increasing of difficulty are completed by augmented reality to engage even more users. As mentioned in article, preliminary results of a little cohort of stroke victims are…

"Augmented reality game helps stroke victims recover faster"

10 Promising AI Applications in Health Care

Even if IA is not the Holy Graal of diagnostic in healthcare, it can help medical staff in many way. This article list 10 promising domains where IA will generate revenues in next 5 years. It’s interesting to see that administrative tasks take 51% of nurse’s time and (16%) of physician time. AI should drastically reduce it. AI should also be used as a 24/24 and 7/7 health assistant, responding to patients questions about their health and treatments. Another area…

"10 Promising AI Applications in Health Care"

ARveo microscope from Leica Microsystems : a single field of view with all data

Leica Microsystems presents a new microscope dedicated to neurosurgery. This device gives all visual information in a single field of you in front of surgeon. With the help of augmented reality, he can view fluorescence images directly on the patient and go to different pictures without interruption. Cutting edge view of ARveo digital augmented reality microscope marks a new generation of integrated rich information instruments Source: News Details: Leica Microsystems

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Virtual Reality Can Help Women Get Through Childbirth With Less Pain

In this article Dr. Anderson explains how VR can help mothers to deliver child with less painkillers. Even if it is not a solution for everyone and it should be used with other methods, it permits decrease drugs needs.   He said that although he already helped more than forty mothers deliver their kids with VR, Martucci’s case was the most successful. She had the VR device on for the longest time, and she could go…

"Virtual Reality Can Help Women Get Through Childbirth With Less Pain"

How AR and Computer Mapping are Leading to Safer Medical Procedures

A very simple way to use smartphone AR to help doctors in information visualization ! At the University of Twente in the Netherlands, a research team is developing an economical smartphone technology based on the Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) technology, along with augmented reality (AR). The device allows doctors to reconstruct 3D body sections by directing the smartphone to the areas of interest. The smartphone will display AR layers of the 3D skin surface…

"How AR and Computer Mapping are Leading to Safer Medical Procedures"

How augmented reality gives one doctor surgical ‘superpowers’

In this article, you will discover how Dr. Joshua Bederson and his team in Mount Sinai Hospital (NYC) use immersive technologies to prepare ans operate complex brain surgeries. The use of “Surgical Theater” software gives surgeons a 360° vision of the patient and is linked to a Occulus VR helmet to see “inside” the brain. It’s a way to limit the workload for the surgeon. The new technology includes a program called Surgical Theater, which…

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