Could virtual reality be effective as a treatment for chronic pain? Or as therapy for PTSD? As a way to combat phobias? Or even as a means of preventive medicine? According to Dr. Brennan Spiegel’s new book, VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine, the answer is, “very possibly”. It may also be, “very soon.”
Virtual reality is being harnessed by medicine to treat everything from pain to phobias
The opioid epidemic has been raging in the US for more than two decades with no end in sight, but VRx, a new book by Brennan Spiegel, points to an unlikely high-tech solution to this devastating problem: virtual reality.
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In his recently released book, VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine, Dr. Brennan Spiegel, a gastroenterologist and Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, goes into detail about how virtual reality is playing an increasing role in therapeutic medicine.
Virtual Reality and the COVID Mental Health Crisis
I am being challenged daily. As a frontline doctor, I find that the COVID-19 pandemic has not only tested my clinical abilities but also strained my capacity to bear witness to grievous suffering. This suffering extends well beyond the physical distress of hospitalized patients battling the virus.
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After putting on VR goggles, patients leave reality and enter a breathtaking, unreal world. The distraction is so enormous that brain seems not to able process other sensations, like pain for example. A new study shows that hospitalised patients using VR report a drop in pain scores.
Study Finds Virtual Reality Can Help Reduce Severe Pain
Virtual reality (VR) is quickly transforming the healthcare industry, changing the way patients and doctors receive and give care. Some pregnant women are experimenting with VR headsets to ease the pains of childbirth. And in 2017, burn victims started using VR gaming to lessen the excruciating pain of having their bandages changed.
Cedars-Sinai study on inpatient VR pain management offers glimpse at real-world outcomes
Therapeutic virtual reality is not only an effective approach for hospital inpatients experiencing a wide variety of pain, but likely retains its impact when provided over multiple days under real-world circumstances, according to a new Cedars-Sinai clinical study published today in PLoS One.
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A fascinating conversation with Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System. Listen as he and Dr. Kvedar dig into his research in Virtual Reality and its applications in several areas of medicine, conduct an exploration of cognitive and physiologic immersion and discuss the groundbreaking Virtual Medicine Conference.
Virtual reality may mean real pain relief for hospitalized patients
Brennan Spiegel, director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, joins host Jonah Comstock and MobiHealthNews' Dave Muoio to discuss COVID-19's effect on virtual medicine and the future of therapeutic VR.
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Virtual reality has evolved from being a technological novelty to a legitimate clinical tool in areas like chronic pain management and neurological rehab, leading experts to think through how best to integrate VR into healthcare.
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The body of evidence to support virtual reality (VR) as a therapeutic modality will increasingly involve the GI tract, according to evidence summarized at the 2019 AGA Tech Summit, sponsored by the AGA Center for GI Innovation and Technology.
There's some technology that has to be seen to be believed. Dr. Brennan Spiegel, director of health services research at Cedar-Sinai Hospital, puts virtual reality technology in that category. And that can make it hard to sell doctors on the idea, at least at first.
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While virtual reality is being put to use to help reduce stress for young patients, Boston Children’s Hospital and other hospitals around the country are eyeing the technology – and others like it – as a key part of the future of medicine.
At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, doctors are studying how using VR could reduce pain, running a series of clinical trials.
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A team of researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has published a review of randomized trials studying the use of virtual reality in inpatient settings. The research team included Dr. Brennan Spiegel, who heads up a team that uses virtual reality for pain reduction at Cedars-Sinai.
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center recently published the results of the use of virtual reality (VR) on their inpatient service in a large feasibility study that we previously covered. Cedars has followed up on this study by publishing a second VR study – this time a systematic review of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on inpatient virtual reality use.
Cedars-Sinai learns from what does - and doesn't - work in therapeutic VR
At the Digital and Personal Connected Health Event at HIMSS in Orlando, Cedars-Sinai Director of Health Services Research Brennan Spiegel spoke some more about his experiences using virtual reality to help alleviate patients’ pain and allow them to virtually escape the confines of the hospital during their recovery.
Gene-edited human embryo. Self-driving trucks. Practical quantum computers. 2017 has been an exciting year for science, technology – and digital health! It’s that time of the year again when it’s worth looking back at the past months; and list the inventions, methods and milestone events in healthcare to get a clearer picture what will shape medicine for the years to come.
Therapeutic virtual reality (VR) may finally be on the verge of going mainstream. For the first time, research has shown that VR can help relieve a variety of pain conditions and is most effective for severe chronic pain.
Our guest this week is Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA. Dr. Spiegel joins us on the program for this first part in our series around Virtual Reality in Healthcare.
How virtual reality is helping patients alleviate their pain
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New Study Shows Value of Virtual Reality for Pain Management
While pregnant with her second child, Erin Martucci decided early on against having an epidural to help manage the pain. But during labour, as her contractions progressed and became increasingly unbearable, she started to reconsider her decision.
From depression, anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to migraines, chronic pain management and Alzheimer’s disease, virtual reality (VR) is really starting to show great promise as a potential treatment for a range of mental health issues.
Virtual Reality may be real deal in preventative health care
Sandra Goldsmith, 74, a member of the congregation at South Los Angeles' Holman Unified Methodist Church, clips a glasses-like device onto a smartphone and peers in. Instantly she sees herself standing in the middle of a kitchen. On the counter before her sits a range of food products – from black beans to salmon to gumbo to lasagna to fruit smoothies.
Simply saying VR is good for healthcare is too broad a statement. As we all know, there are thousands of different strands of subjects that fall under that umbrella, and identifying which ones VR is well-suited for is a little trickier. But an upcoming conference aims to unify these various strands, providing a VR medical conference that charts the future of technology's impact on the health sector.
"If I don't have nerve pain, I might have joint pain. If I'm not having joint pain, I might have headaches," Greene said.
The unrelenting pain is a symptom of lupus, an autoimmune disease in which a patient's immune system attacks the body. Greene has tried acupuncture, massage and opioids, but realized she was allergic to the addictive pain medicine.
VR Offers Patients a Virtual Distraction from Pain
Virtual reality isn't just for games anymore. These days, healthcare professionals are using the technology for patient care, from enabling doctors to explore congenital heart defects in 3D to dampening pain signals for patients suffering from burns or chronic conditions.
Virtual reality is reshaping medical training and treatment
Therapeutic virtual reality can be used to reduce severe pain in hospitalized patients, according to a study published August 14, 2019 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Brennan Spiegel of Cedars-Sinai Health System, USA, and colleagues.
Virtual reality experiences can help ease severe pain, study says
When someone walks or rolls into the emergency department at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles with food stuck in their throat, the ER staff calls someone like Brennan Spiegel. As a gastroenterologist, food-pulling-out is something he’s uniquely equipped to do.
Augmented reality in healthcare will be revolutionary
Today's episode of Redefining Medicine spotlights Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS. Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, Dr. Spiegel also heads the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education: a multidisciplinary team that investigates the impacts of digital health technologies & innovations, health analytics, and health economics.
Skip Rizzo, associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, has been working with the U.S. Army on ways to use Virtual Reality (VR) to treat soldiers' Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder for over a decade.
New virtual reality pain management study unites all aspects of healthcare
In recent months, with the opioid crisis on the rise, virtual reality has emerged as a potential drug-free tool for pain management. In a partnership that connects giants from nearly every aspect of the healthcare industry, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Samsung, Travelers Insurance, Bayer and AppliedVR have teamed up in a new 16-month study to evaluate VR for pain reduction and therapeutic purposes.
Brennan Spiegel’s (Director & Founder, Virtual Medicine) opening remarks were poignant, “we are sitting in a building where 900 people are suffering, patients who are socially isolated. We have to be careful about what we promise our patients in terms of what VR technology can achieve. We have to understand the patient’s point of view. How do we enable patients to escape their four walls? We have to be able to evaluate what happens when patients do escape. The key is to talk to patients to find out what works and what does not work. If VR is a therapy then we need a VR pharmacy.”
If you follow the work being done in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) – you probably have already seen the work being done by today's guest: Dr. Brennan Spiegel. In this episode, Brennan gets real about the applications for virtual reality in healthcare, and what is needed to drive adoption throughout the healthcare system and around the world.
Freethink: Can virtual reality help fight the opioid crisis?
We were honored to be featured as part of the the Freethink original series called Superhuman, which highlights new advances in medical innovation. Hear from real patients at Cedars-Sinai hospital who used VR to manage their pain during their hospital visits.
Therapeutic VR's efficacy is established — time to tackle practical implementation, scaling, payment
The hype around virtual reality hasn’t seemed to die down. Stakeholders in the healthcare realm are leveraging the technology for a variety of purposes, as outlined by three panelists at the Connected Health Conference in Boston this week.
Virtual Reality For Good Use Cases: From Educating On Racial Bias To Pain Relief During Childbirth
Virtual reality may not have lived up to the consumer hype once vested upon it, but a study has provided further evidence that it may be an effective non-pharmacological option to help ease pain in hospital patients.
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