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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 »


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 »


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 »


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 »

Bloomberg Technology

When Deona Duke woke up from a medically-induced coma to begin recovering from burns that covered almost a third of her body, one of her treatments was hurling snowballs at penguins. Read more »

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 »

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 »


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 »


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 »

The Wall Street Journal

In a Los Angeles hospital a short drive from Hollywood, some patients are tapping into virtual reality. But at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, 3D technology is there not for entertainment but pain relief. Read more »

Business Insider

The entire purpose of pain is to make sure it's the main focus of your attention, to make it so you don't focus on anything else. Read more »

CGTN America

You’ve probably heard of "mind over matter." Some doctors believe this could be the key to unleashing your own healing power. Read more »


For patients in severe pain, sometimes even the most powerful medication cannot provide sufficient relief.

But what if doctors could effectively reduce such suffering simply by manipulating a patient’s perception? Through virtual reality, they can. Read more »

HuffPost UK

Virtual reality is able to significantly reduce pain levels by “hijacking” the senses of hospital patients, without the need for drugs, according to new research. Read more »


Digital health is transforming medicine at a breathtaking pace: wearable biosensors, mobile health applications, and electronic health records have revolutionized data collection and processing, allowing low-cost, quick delivery of data from patients directly to healthcare providers, administrators, and analysts. Read more »

Los Angeles Sentinel

Usually spiritual health is foremost in mind when it comes to attending church. However, Pastor Kelvin Sauls takes a holistic approach and wants a physically healthy congregation as well. Read more »

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 »


Prior to his talk at HIMSS17, Dr. Spiegel joined me for an interview to share his thoughts and perspective on digital transformation related to personal connected health. Read more »

MIT Technology Review

Not so far in the future, your doctor might prescribe playing a few games in virtual reality to ease aches and pains, rather than popping a pill. Read more »


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. Read more »

Boston Herald

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. Read more »

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 »


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 »

HIT Consultant

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


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. Read more »

MedPage Today

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.

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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. Read more »

The Medical Futurist

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. Read more »

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 »

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 »

U.S. News

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

Healthcare Tech Outlook

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


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. Read more »


Virtual reality brings people with chronic pain to new places and changes their world. Read more »

The Medical Futurist

The drug sends a message to a caregiver after the patient swallowed it. The doctor prescribes virtual reality treatments for migraines. Do you think it is science fiction? You are mistaken. Just let me familiarize you with the top 10 trends shaping the future of pharma. Read more »


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


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 »

Los Angeles Times

The Rev. Kelvin Sauls believes health and faith are two sides of the same coin.

He brings yoga and Zumba classes to his church in South L.A. because he knows African Americans are particularly vulnerable to diabetes and heart disease. Read more »

Men's Journal

Last November, Erin Martucci became the first woman to deliver a child using nothing but virtual reality to ease her pain. Read more »

Fierce Healthcare

Hospitals may soon be replacing pain medication with a virtual reality headset, following new evidence that the technology can help manage pain. Read more »

Healthcare IT News

Cedars Sinai Medical Center will begin to use virtual reality technology from Applied VR, in hopes of easing patients' pain with without use of drugs. Read more »


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 »


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 »

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 »


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 »

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 »

New York Post

This unusual treatment for pain management is just the beginning of a revolutionary new approach to medicine. Read more »

Creators Syndicate

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. Read more »


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 »