App Development

We create medical extended reality (MXR) apps at Cedars-Sinai using an iterative methodology. Our therapeutic software is rigorously developed and validated using a three-phase process, summarized below (read more):

Here is a sample of MXR apps that we are currently developing in our lab at Cedars-Sinai:


The Mobile Artificially Intelligt Ally, also called MAIA, was developed at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles with the goal of offering AI-enabled, self-administered psychotherapy within relaxing virtual reality environments. Working with expert mental health professionals, the Cedars-Sinai research team developed an AI system to produce idealized responses of a compassionate, non-judgmental, and helpful therapist.


Gut conditions affect about nearly 40% of the world's population and undermine physical, emotional and social wellbeing. Although medical treatments can be effective, research shows that mind-body treatments such as meditation, cognitive behavioral therapy, and biofeedback can boost quality of life, reduce visceral anxiety, and promote healthy living for people suffering from gut conditions. Using the latest in virtual reality technology, coupled with the science of mind-body medicine, SynerGI surrounds each user within virtual environments designed to strengthen the brain-gut axis and improve quality of life.

Instead of patients always reporting to the clinic, with SynerGI the clinic comes to the patient. From the comfort of their own home, patients explore a virtual clinic with specialized treatment rooms unlike anything possible in an ordinary clinic.

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Nature VR

Nature VR was designed to distract people from pain and help them relax. Choose to virtually travel to one of eight beautiful and unique scenes, then choose from three different modes: distraction, guided meditation, and breathing exercise. Along with soothing music and tranquil sound effects, unexpected delights keep things interesting and engaging. Watch the video, below, for a montage of scenes from VR Solace. We are currently testing this app in our NIH sponsored study of virtual reality for chronic GI cancer pain (read more).

Here is a video showing real patients using NatureVR at Cedars-Sinai (used with permission):

I don't even have the words to explain it. It's beautiful. It's touching.