“Technology now offers many ways of assisting or enhancing care, changing the way in which we support people.
Tricuro [a social care provider owned by Dorset CC, Bournmeouth BC and the Borough of Poole have had] over 100 clients taken through virtual reality experiences across residential and day services … to conduct trials in pain management, wellbeing and structured reminiscence.
Keeping [people] happier and healthier for longer is the goal, and virtual reality and other emerging tech gives new tools to explore new and alternative ways of achieving this.”
“Hospitals can be intimidating and stressful places. But imagine instead of sitting in a waiting room, you’re on vacation at an exotic beach. Instead of focusing on post-surgery pain, your mind takes you to a lush forest in the soothing rain.
That’s what Glen Ellyn, IL-based Cubicle Ninjas wants you to do with Guided Meditation VR, a virtual reality app for the Oculus Rift. It’s exhibiting the technology this week in Chicago at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).
Using an Oculus Rift, patients can choose from VR locations including a beach, forest, canyon, or ancient Japanese dojo to help improve their overall wellbeing. Cubicle Ninjas, a creative design agency, says hospitals can use virtual reality to reduce stress and anxiety before procedures, reduce pain after surgery, and make an extended stay in the hospital more exciting.”
“Techniques like virtual reality exposure therapy, employed to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, alcoholism, as well as various phobias and anxiety disorders by immersing patients in various simulated environments, have been in development among medical professionals since the early ’90s. And a wave of VR experiments in meditation are emerging: A selection of calm-inducing environments are ready for download via the Guided Mediation VR portal, and Babson College student Nina Vir, a competitor in last October’s HackingArts hackathon at MIT, presented a similar VR meditation concept called NiVRana.”