Virtual Reality is a Cost-Effective Tool to Decrease Patient’s Pre-procedural Anxiety

Stress is an inhibiting factor in medical procedures, it increases blood pressure levels, reduces patient compliance levels, demands the attention of the medical personnel, incurs unnecessary costs on the medial system, and so on and so forth. The main instruments that have been in use thus far for dealing with a patient’s stress levels are Anesthesia and Sedation. These methods are highly effective, however not without unwanted consequences: usually long and discomforting recovery processes, significant procedural costs (mostly due to the need for an Anesthesiologist present during the procedure), decreased real-time level of assurance in the procedure’s success, etc.

The advent of technology has led to the invention and commercialization of new types of “medical assistive technologies”. These technologies, such as Virtual and Augmented Reality, were shown to have successfully reduce perceived pain levels (24% decrease), treat different conditions, and most

relevant – due to the immersive nature, to distract the patient’s attention almost entirely, reducing the anxiety levels significantly. These reduced stress levels have helped in many different applications, from inserting IV and drawing blood with pediatric patients where it has been shown that VR can reduce pain perception vs standard of care (waiting for talia to help with the findings), coping with fear of General Anesthesia that 73.7% of patients experience (fear of intraoperative
awareness) and which can be effectively reduced using VR, to improving chances of a successful IVF through reduction in pre-fertility-treatment anxiety levels, etc.

XRHealth and VRHealth Portal suite of apps are proven tools to aid any one of the scenarios mentioned above. They empower both the patient and physician with a cost-effective way to decrease anxiety levels, with Relaxation app for e.g., while improving the success rates of different procedure.

Feel free to contact us to get more information on how we can help with reducing stress levels and improve patient’s health. 

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