Forget Opioids, Virtual Reality Could Be the Future of Pain Management
It's hard to overstate just how painful a process treating burn victims is – for burn victims, air itself is excruciatingly painful. They have to undergo weeks of undressing wounds, cleaning the tender skin of debris, slathering the area with ointment, and redressing it with new bandages, and it is considered one of the most physically painful treatments in medicine. To combat this, most patients rely on consistent and heavy opioid usage. But in 2008, University of Washington researchers published the first study of its kind using virtual reality (VR) to mitigate the use of the highly-addictive drugs. The researchers replaced the clinical hospital setting with a computer-generated snowtopia where patients could throw snowballs with penguins and snowmen through a VR headset as doctors washed the treatment area. It worked, and the study concluded that VR could replace part of an opioid dose.
The game-changing potential of digital therapeutics with Dr. Brennan Spiegel
No longer just a gaming technology, virtual reality is starting to make inroads in healthcare settings. Abi Millar speaks to author Dr. Brennan Spiegel about how virtual therapeutics may help people manage their conditions more effectively than traditional drug-based approaches.
How This Gaming Tech Can Heal Your Brain
Over the past 30 years, virtual reality in the healthcare space has evolved from a radical research topic to a powerful clinical tool. Proponents contend VR can help doctors and mental health professionals reach under-served populations while providing assessments and interventions that weren't previously possible. VR is already proving invaluable as a therapeutic strategy for people coping with issues ranging from PTSD to chronic pain.
How Is VR Used In Medicine?
Virtual reality (VR) can reduce pain, treat mental diseases and support the training of medical professionals. But how does it work? In a 12-minute video, you will discover the science behind VR therapies. The interview features Dr. Brennan Spiegel, author of the book “VRx: How virtual therapeutics will revolutionize medicine”, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Virtual Reality in Medicine
Therapeutic virtual reality (VR), the use of the immersive, computer-generated technology in medicine, is on the fast track to widespread use. In some hospitals and clinics, your doctor can already prescribe a visit to a VR world to ease your pain or anxiety or to explain a complex medical procedure or condition.
Virtual reality goggles for medical healing
Fox 11 News Feature by Hal Eisner with Dr. Brennan Spiegel and Dr. Omer Liran
It’s no game: Virtual reality could be health care’s next big thing
Tom Norris and Brennan Spiegel join Michal Lev-Ram and Brian O’Keefe, the hosts of Fortune Brainstorm, a podcast that explores how technology is reshaping our world, to talk about uses of virtual reality in health care.
The newest way to administer medication? Through a screen. An emerging class of techceuticals is pressing play on the future of health management.
Meet Virtual Reality, Your New Physical Therapist
While use of the gaming technology for improving physical ailments is still in the early stages, it shows promise — and it’s fun.
Author of VRx Dr. Brennan Spiegel: Virtual Reality in Gastroenterology
Praveen Suthrum interviews Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, Director of Health Services Research, Cedars-Sinai Health System and Author of VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine
Technology and Its Impact on the Patient Experience: An Interview with Dr. Brennan Spiegel
In this fascinating interview hosted by Milli Long, Dr. Spiegel discusses the newest uses of technology in medicine including telemedicine.
The ER enters VR — Getting healthy via virtual reality
WellWell recently caught up with Dr. Spiegel to talk all things VR and how itâ€™s being used in hospitals and as medicine.
Virtual Reality as a Digital Therapeutic
Virtual reality has shown the ability to decrease pain, reduce opioid dependence, and boost mental health. How is this digital therapeutic changing the treatment landscape for gastroenterology?
Virtual reality is being harnessed by medicine to treat everything from pain to phobias
A new book by Dr. Brennan Spiegel, a physician in the US, makes the argument for a therapy that acknowledges the mind-body connection.
Virtual Reality Augmenting Therapy in Gastroenterology and Beyond
In gastroenterology and beyond, virtual reality (VR) is beginning to augment traditional therapies, including those intended to alleviate pain and anxiety.
“VRx”: A Medgadget Book Interview with Author Dr. Brennan Spiegel
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.
An Innovator's "VRx"
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."
8 Science Books to Read (or Gift) This Winter
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.
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.
How virtual reality therapy can cure PTSD, obesity and even the pain of childbirth
This unusual treatment for pain management is just the beginning of a revolutionary new approach to medicine.
ugmented reality in healthcare will be revolutionary
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.
Find Out How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine with Author Dr. Brennan Spiegel
Dr. Brennan Spiegel, author of VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics Will Revolutionize Medicine is the guest for this episode of Cool Science Radio.
COVID-19 and Therapeutic VR with Dr. Brennan Spiegel
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.
Leveraging Virtual Reality In Skilled Nursing Facilities
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
In-depth: Despite some hiccups, COVID-19 is VR's time to shine
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.
Virtual Reality For Good Use Cases: From Educating On Racial Bias To Pain Relief During Childbirth
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.
Doctors are using virtual reality to help patients deal with pain
A pilot program using VR technology shows promising results for managing pain without medication.
Virtual Reality Has Real Promise For Pain Relief
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.
New Study Confirms Virtual Reality is a Painkiller
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.
Therapeutic VR's efficacy is established — time to tackle practical implementation, scaling, payment
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.
Virtual Reality: The Miracle Drug of the Future?
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.
How VR Can be Used as a Treatment for Pain Management
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.
The case for course of Virtual Reality
VR may help ease conditions from pain to phobias to PTSD.
Study Finds Virtual Reality (VR) to Be Effective in Treating Severe Pain
According to a recent study, the use of virtual reality (VR) may be able to significantly reduce severe pain in hospitalized patients.
A Virtual dip through the VR technology will melt pain
Virtual Reality therapies have the power to reduce pain by controlling the brain of a patient from recognizing illness.
Got Pain? A Virtual Swim With Dolphins May Help Melt It Away
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.
Study: Virtual Reality can relieve severe chronic pain
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.
Virtual reality may help ease severe pain, study shows
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.
Cedars-Sinai Research: Patients Using On-Demand VR Reduces Pain Scores
Cedars-Sinai researchers reveal hospitalized patients on-demand use of virtual reality (VR) resulted in statistically significant improvements in pain.
Virtual reality may mean real pain relief for hospitalized patients
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.
Virtual reality experiences can help ease severe pain, study says
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.
Virtual reality experiences may help treat severe pain
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.
New Study Shows Value of Virtual Reality for Pain Management
Latest Study of Hospitalized Patients Using On-Demand Virtual Reality Reveals a Drop in Pain Scores.
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.
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.
A new reality: How VR is poised to make real-world clinical impact
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.
Virtual reality emerges as a therapeutic tool in gastroenterology
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.
VR in healthcare is changing the patient care game
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.
VR Offers Patients a Virtual Distraction from Pain
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.
Virtual Reality: Digital Medicine to Combat Pain
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.
Well / Connected with Dr. Joe Kvedar and Dr. Brennan Spiegel
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.
Redefining medicine with special guest Dr. Brennan Spiegel
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.
Virtual reality is being used by hospitals to help people cope with pain
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.
In-Depth: Therapeutic VR in 2018 is no longer just a distraction (therapy)
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.
Can virtual reality help fight the opioid crisis?
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.
VR has proven it can ease the pains of childbirth – next, the opioid crisis
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.
5 Takeaways from the 2018 Virtual Medicine Conference
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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.”
Virtual Reality Pain Management Study Unites All Aspects of Care
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 gets real about virtual reality
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.
VR could be your next painkiller
Hospitals are rolling out virtual reality to distract patients from painful experiences such as IV placements and dressing changes.
Doctor uses 21st century technique to tackle high blood pressure
Doctor uses 21st century technique to tackle high blood pressure
How One Top Hospital Is Using Virtual Reality
A doctor at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center explained how virtual reality technology is impacting patients suffering from chronic pain at MD&M West.
Solving opioid abuse will require more than well-designed digital interventions
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.
The growth and success of VR/AR/MxR in health
Tune in to hear how these VR/AR/MxR technologies are solving real challenges and laying the foundation for what's coming next.
Here’s how new technologies are tackling the opioid crisis
Venture capitalists and start-ups are betting they can play a crucial role in helping fix one of the country's most vexing problems.
The 10 most exciting digital health stories of 2017
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.
The 20 Most Life-Changing Medical Breakthroughs Of 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.
Virtual Reality Is Reshaping Medical Training and Treatment
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.
Opioids haven't solved chronic pain. Maybe virtual reality can.
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.
VR can aid seniors and chronic disease patients, but don’t overhype its capabilities
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.
VR Brings Dramatic Change To Mental Health Care
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.
Here's how virtual reality is being used to manage pain
Here's how virtual reality is being used to manage pain.
VR For Good: How The Virtual Medicine Conference Wants To Better VR Healthcare
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.
Opioid crisis and virtual reality
Opioid crisis and virtual reality
Interview with Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS
Interview with Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS
Enlisting Virtual Reality to Ease Real Pain
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
People are now replacing pain meds with virtual reality
People are now replacing pain meds with virtual reality.
The Top 10 Trends Shaping the Future of Pharma
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.
Virtual Reality May Be Real Deal in Preventative Health Car
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.
Winner of 2017 People's Voice Webby Award for Best Technology on the Internet
Watch - Winner of 2017 People's Voice Webby Award for Best Technology on the Internet
How virtual reality is helping patients alleviate their pain
Virtual reality brings people with chronic pain to new places and changes their world.
More medical uses of VR
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.
Encouraging good health – Holman UMC teams with Cedars Sinai to reduce blood pressure among parishioners
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.
Virtual reality for inpatient use
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.
Battling Addiction, Pain, and PTSD With Virtual Reality
Last November, Erin Martucci became the first woman to deliver a child using nothing but virtual reality to ease her pain.
Study: Virtual reality reduced pain scores by 24%
Hospitals may soon be replacing pain medication with a virtual reality headset, following new evidence that the technology can help manage pain.
Can virtual reality reduce high blood pressure at a church in South L.A.?
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.
Virtual Reality Is Being Used To Decrease Pain In Hospital Patients
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.
Review of VR studies shows promise for the technology
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.
Innovation Rising Episode 20: Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Director of Health Services Research at Cedars-Sinai
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.
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.
Virtual Reality Adds a New Dimension to Pain Management
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.
Cedars Sinai research director talks lessons learned as a "hospital virtualist"
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.
CES lecture about therapeutic VR
CES lecture about therapeutic VR
CES interview about therapeutic VR
CES interview about therapeutics VR
One of the best ways to treat excruciating pain is to change people's reality so they forget it exists
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.
The unique challenges of applying digital innovation to the medical field
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.
Virtual reality: A new dimension in medicine
You’ve probably heard of "mind over matter." Some doctors believe this could be the key to unleashing your own healing power.
How doctors are using virtual reality to manage pain
How doctors are using virtual reality to manage pain
Hospitals Try Giving Patients a Dose of VR
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.
Wellness Wednesday: HIV Testing, Virtual Reality to Combat Pain, and Summer Nutrition Advice
Wellness Wednesday: HIV testing, virtual reality to combat pain, and summer nutrition advice
Better than opioids? Virtual reality could be your next painkiller
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.
Cedars Sinai launches virtual reality pilots to curb patient pain without drugs
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.