Therapy via virtual reality (VR) can be a reality soon for healthcare providers and payers in eight states and the District of Columbia. Through telehealth clinic healthcare providers can prescribe VR therapy. Patients can sit at home and receive remote patient care via digital health technology.
XRHealth, an Israeli company is offering VR treatments with an office in Massachusetts. It has plans to launch the line of VR clinics in March. The clinics are not actual buildings, but online platforms where patients can receive personalized VR therapy under the guidance of “VR telehealth clinicians” employed by XRHealth.
According to company CEO Eran Orr, the XRHealth clinics represent a new effort to collaborate with care providers and payers who see the value in VR therapy. It can help patients with a variety of concerns including behavioral health issues like stress & anxiety, pain management, cognitive function issues related to traumatic brain injury & stroke, and neurological disorders and neck, shoulder & spinal cord injuries.
Orr says, “We are bringing something new to the table (that care providers) haven’t seen before.” So far, VR, AR (augmented reality) and MR (mixed reality) treatments were being used in health systems like Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai. And they primarily focused on inpatient settings. But with the commercial availability of VR glasses and gaming platforms marketed by Dell, HTC, Oculus, and Samsung are beginning to look beyond the hospital setting to remote patient monitoring.
Last December, XRHealth unveiled the connected health platform that underpinned its new VR clinics. Following is the Orr’s statement from press release:
“With the roll out of 5G throughout the globe, the new technology implications for the telehealth industry are enormous. Patients will be able to use high bandwidth technology like virtual reality or augmented reality anywhere they are located – whether in a rural or urban area. Healthcare will become much more affordable and accessible to anyone while innovation will be endless.”