Monthly Archives: July 2016

Teens with autism practice driving in virtual reality (video)

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“Researchers are designing a virtual reality simulator specifically for teaching teenagers with autism spectrum disorder to drive.

“In the past 15 years, there has been such an emphasis, such an appropriate emphasis, on early identification and early treatment of children with ASD,” says Amy Weitlauf, a psychologist who specializes in autism. “Well, now many of these children are adolescents and adults, so we have started to work on providing them with the support they need to become independent adults.

“And one of those key life skills for independence is, for many people, the ability to drive.”

By David Salisbury at VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY

Read more: http://www.futurity.org/virtual-reality-driving-autism-1211602-2/

Virtual reality transforms how medical students are taught

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“Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has developed the world’s first fully interactive virtual reality medical training simulator, allowing users simulate emergency room management of a patient following a road traffic accident.

The RCSI VR Medical Training Sim app puts medical professionals and trainees in the shoes of the Emergency Department trauma team leader where they must assess the patient, make life or death decisions in real time and perform life-saving operative procedures as a surgeon would in a real emergency room.

RCSI has become the first higher education institution in the world to release a VR surgical training application on the publicly available platform, furthering its commitment to exploring new technologies to enhance education.

This new technology makes simulated training available in a mobile form, making it more accessible and affordable for trainees when access to high-end surgical simulators is not possible.”

Image and text by Newstalk

Read more: http://www.newstalk.com/reader/47.301.343/77987/0/

Infographic: Healthcare uses of VR

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“Virtual reality is a rapidly evolving market, which provides unlimited opportunities, and attracts a lot of newcomers. While the fastest growth in the industry is fed by the demand for video games and entertainment, the second biggest share belongs to healthcare applications.

Virtual and augmented technology has been already employed for diagnostics and treatment planning, training of future surgeons and dentists, treatment of severe conditions such as phobias, PTSD, autism, depression, addictions, and rehabilitation after life threatening diseases.”

Here are some recent use cases:

1. Live streaming surgeries
2. Surgery planning
3. Pain relief
4. Treating mental conditions

BY SCOTT KIM at Hypergridbusiness

Read more: http://www.hypergridbusiness.com/2016/07/infographic-healthcare-uses-of-vr/

Virtual reality for PTSD (incl. video)

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“Members of the military, first-responders and police officers may be more likely than most to struggle with PTSD. Now researchers are testing a new therapy designed to speed recovery.

JoAnn Difede, Ph.D., director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress at Weill Cornell Medicine and New York-Presbyterian is developing a type of exposure therapy using virtual reality.

“The idea of the treatment is to teach the person, their brain, if you will, that those cues aren’t scary anymore. Nothing bad is going to happen,” explained Difede.”

By KSAT/Ivanhoe Newswire

Read more: http://www.ksat.com/health/virtual-reality-for-ptsd

How Virtual Reality Can Improve Patient Experience in Healthcare (Video)

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“In the past year, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center launched a pilot study with devices from Samsung that aimed at easing the stress of patients staying in the hospital.

The purpose of this pilot was to test virtual reality scenarios with Cedars-Sinai patients to determine if they enjoyed VR experiences while waiting for procedures or even throughout their hospital stay as an alternative for pain relief.

Researchers were interested in learning whether these experiences would reduce patients’ pain and anxiety or improve overall satisfaction with care.”

Post on Hitconsultant.net sponsored by Samsung.

Read more: http://hitconsultant.net/2016/06/30/virtual-reality-patient-experience/