PRESS coverage

 of Cedars-Sinai's VR treatment program 

Aug 27, 2020


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. Read more »

Jul 14, 2020


Virtual reality technology, which has always enabled gamers to boldly go where no one has gone before, has in recent years branched out into yet another world: elder care. Read more »

May 29, 2020


Healthcare VR researchers say that certain projects have stalled during the pandemic, but strong demand and emergency reimbursement decisions out of CMS have raised hopes across the industry.. Read more »

Mar 09, 2020


The use cases of virtual reality (VR) expand each day... Here are just some examples of how this immersive medium is being put to good use. Read more »

Feb 12, 2020


A pilot program using VR technology shows promising results for managing pain without medication.  Read more »

Jan 29, 2020

Elemental by Medium

Experiments with virtual reality (VR) in anxiety and pain relief have been performed for over 18 years, and studies are beginning to show how effective VR could be for some types of pain.  Read more »

Oct 23, 2019

CIO Applications

The combination of immersive technology with other innovations will lead to at least an order of magnitude increase in the reach of the healthcare system.  Read more »

Oct 21, 2019


At last week's Connected Health Conference, a panel of VR evangelists turned their eyes toward the bigger hurdles facing VR's potential for success within healthcare.  Read more »

Oct 08, 2019

VR Nation

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.  Read more »

Sep 20, 2019


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.  Read more »

Sep 19, 2019


Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Research at Cedars-Sinai, and Matthew Stoudt, CEO of AppliedVR, joins 'Cheddar Innovates' to discuss the benefits of bringing virtual reality into hospitals.  Watch »

Sep 04, 2019

U.S. News

VR may help ease conditions from pain to phobias to PTSD.  Read more »

Aug 19, 2019


Virtual reality is not new. But, as people search for alternative ways to manage pain — and reduce reliance on pills — VR is attracting renewed attention.  Read more »

Aug 15, 2019

ABC News

For many hospital patients, pain is part of their reality. According to a new study, however, an unreal environment might help.  Virtual reality may help.  Read more »

Aug 15, 2019

HIT Consultant

Cedars-Sinai researchers reveal hospitalized patients on-demand use of virtual reality (VR) resulted in statistically significant improvements in pain .  Read more »

Aug 15, 2019


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.  Read more »

Aug 14, 2019


Playing virtual reality games or relaxing in a virtual nature setting might help ease chronic pain, particularly when symptoms are severe, a new experiment suggests. Read more »

Aug 14, 2019


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.  Read more »

Aug 14, 2019


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. Read more »

Aug 19, 2019

Pain News Network

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.  Read more »

Aug 30, 2019

DocWire News

According to a recent study, the use of virtual reality (VR) may be able to significantly reduce severe pain in hospitalized patients.  Read more »

Aug 14, 2019


Latest Study of Hospitalized Patients Using On-Demand Virtual Reality Reveals a Drop in Pain Scores. Read more »

Aug 14, 2019


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. Read more »

Aug 27, 2019

Healthcare Tech Outlook

Virtual Reality therapies have the power to reduce pain by controlling the brain of a patient from recognizing illness. Read more »

Jun 10, 2019

MedCity News

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. Read more »

Apr 12, 2019

GI & Hepatology News

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. Read more »

Jan 21, 2019


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. Read more »

Nov 19, 2018


Virtual reality is quickly becoming a much-touted tool for providers, and as it uses become better known and tested, it’s likely the healthcare VR market will grow exponentially in the next few years. Read more »

Aug 29, 2018

VOA News

Amanda Greene lives with pain.

"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. Read more »

Jul 23, 2018

Health Technology Podcast

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. Listen »

Jun 25, 2018

Redefining Medicine

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. Watch »

Jun 09, 2018

The Washington Post

Despite being in and out of hospitals since the age of 16, one of Harmon Clarke’s biggest fears is having an intravenous line inserted into his arm. The 34-year-old resident of Los Angeles has had more than 30 surgeries related to his Crohn’s disease, but getting stuck with an IV needle has never gotten less stressful. Read more »

May 30, 2018

Immersive Health

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. Read more »

May 18, 2018


Although it hasn’t yet established its place as a mainstream treatment modality, virtual reality has grown from an interesting diversion into a frequent topic of conversation within digital health. Read more »

May 15, 2018


Opioid addictions have become a dangerous side effect for many that take medications to treat chronic pain. To address this, doctors are exploring alternatives to prescriptions pain medicine. Read more »

Apr 12, 2018


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. Read more »

Apr 12, 2018

iMedical Apps

I recently attended the Virtual Medicine 2018 conference, held in Los Angeles, California, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital. With physicians, technologists, and other healthcare professionals from 13 countries present, this was one of the first medical conferences focused purely on virtual reality (VR). Over the course of two days, I heard from a variety of speakers, both inside and outside of medicine, on advances in VR research and clinical use. Read more »

Apr 06, 2018


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.” Read more »

Apr 05, 2018


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. Read more »

Apr 03, 2018

Digital Health Today

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. Listen »

Mar 13, 2018


Hospitals are rolling out virtual reality to distract patients from painful experiences such as IV placements and dressing changes. Read more »

Feb 12, 2018


A doctor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center explained how virtual reality technology is impacting patients suffering from chronic pain at MD&M West. Read more »

Jan 10, 2018


Opioid abuse is among the most pressing issues in healthcare, so it’s no surprise that the epidemic was a major topic of discussion at CES 2018’s Digital Health Summit. Following a lengthy discussion about the national crisis’ societal factors and specific digital-based interventions, a panel comprised of industry experts and academics repeatedly found themselves in agreement that no one approach will be sufficient in and of itself. Read more »

Jan 03, 2018

Digital Health Today

Tune in to hear how these VR/AR/MxR technologies are solving real challenges and laying the foundation for what's coming next. Listen »

Dec 15, 2017


Venture capitalists and start-ups are betting they can play a crucial role in helping fix one of the country's most vexing problems. Watch »

Nov 29, 2017


Research scientists around the world have been working on new medical treatments that will improve millions of lives. We've chosen 20 of the most fascinating and important to showcase here. Read more »

Nov 12, 2017

Singularity Hub

Arthur C. Clarke, a British science fiction writer, is well known for once writing, “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”

Consumer virtual reality is going through a rough patch as high expectations and hype have deflated somewhat, but when VR does work, it can feel a bit like magic. Read more »

Nov 02, 2017


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. Read more »

Oct 27, 2017

MedCity News

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. Read more »

Oct 25, 2017


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. Read more »