XRHealth integrates XR technology, licensed clinicians, and advanced data analytics on one platform

XRHealth has been an active player in the VR health sector, receiving several noteworthy investment, patents, grants, and formation of numerous partnerships. Here we discuss the company's important milestones achieved to date, and how XRHealth may be on the way to transform the healthcare industry with VR, AR, and XR technologies. 

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Founded in 2016, XRHealth has its headquarters in Israel and Boston, Massachusetts.

XRHealth was previously known as VRHealth. It is now the leading provider of extended reality and therapeutic apps, providing both VR/AR solutions for the medical sector. XRHealth is the only Extended Reality certified medical company in the entire world. They are CE and FDA registered for their Medical Applications. This company offers innovative healthcare technology that allows clinicians to better manage patients' care through specialized extended reality technology solutions as well as data analysis. The VRHealth Platform, a VR solution, collects and analyzes user data using AI and cloud computing algorithms. This allows healthcare providers to provide better healthcare services to their patients and payers. The company offers many patent-pending solutions, including rehabilitation services, cognitive assessment and training, as well as pain management. XRHealth has partnered with a number of renowned U.S. hospitals, rehabilitation centers and healthcare providers.

XRHealth Partnering with Healing Healthcare Systems

In April 2019, XRHealth partnered up with Healing Healthcare Systems, Inc. in order to offer virtual reality relaxation videos to hospitals across the country. Both Healing Healthcare System and XRHealth shared the same goal: to improve patient experience and enhance therapeutic outcomes.

XRHealth provides a range of VR apps for medical facilities, including a VRHealth Platform, which is their flagship product. It includes a variety cognitive assessment and training apps as well as motor function apps, pain management and behavioral apps. VRHealth Platform, which is FDA-registered, allows clinicians to access real-time data from their patients to track their recovery on site or remotely.

Healing HealthCare Systems makes the C.A.R.E. The Channel is now broadcast in more than 1000 hospitals across the country. To extend the therapeutic effectiveness and reach of The C.A.R.E. Channel, C.A.R.E. VRx(r), has been created to harness the therapeutic benefits of virtual reality in order to fully enjoy the well-studied and documented therapeutic effects of natural environments. C.A.R.E. VRx allows patients to escape the confines of hospital beds and experience the beauty of nature. From the tranquility of the woods to the sound of a waterfall, VRx can help reduce stress and anxiety. C.A.R.E. is also included. With Guided-Imagery, soothing narratives are included to aid patients in recovery and relaxation.

XRHealth Partnership with VirZOOM

VirZOOM and XRHealth partnered in June 2019. This partnership transforms the power VR exercise for hospitals rehab centers and patients, allowing them to use this technology at home. Remote access to data allows providers to gain more insight into the patient's use of the joint technology.

VirZOOM's well-reviewed VR Fitness products are sold to thousands of customers worldwide. In partnership with Life Fitness, VirZOOM also sells to commercial customers. VirZOOM's VZfit VR exercise system can now be integrated into the XRHealth platform. This includes remote access for caregivers and medical professionals, analysis of user data, and remote access to other users. To see how exercise has affected a user's healthcare goals.

Eric Janszen, VirZOOM CEO and Co-Founder, stated that VirZOOM's VZfit platform harnesses the immersive power VR to provide unique, fun, and new VR-based exercises that motivate consumers to exercise regularly. The VZfit partnership with XRHealth expands its wellness benefits to medical applications such as rehabilitation, physical therapy, and provides valuable insights into the patient's reactions to VZfit.

VirZOOM was selected as one of Fast Company's 10 Most Innovative Companies 2018. It is a Wellness category. With the addition of sensors and VR exercises for Oculus Go or Quest standalone VR headsets, any stationary bike can be transformed into a VR adventure platform with VZfit VR Fitness. VirZOOM's AAA game development team uses motion controls to create VR activities that are both fun and relaxing. This allows 6DofF to experience large virtual worlds without any discomfort. Customers say that VZfit is fast and easy to use, with a few minutes per hour. Over time, VZfit can provide health benefits such as weight loss, increased energy, and "gain without pain".

XRHealth opens platform to third-party developers

July 2019 saw XRHealth announce that their platform is now open to third-party developers. This allows them to offer robust VR healthcare experiences. Healium, which allows patients to use their emotions to power VR technology and visualize it through their emotions, is a notable partnership that was formed through the open platform.

Stress-related issues account for approximately 75% to 90% percent of doctor visits. Healium has developed a biometrically controlled solution to help reduce stress and anxiety. The solution is actually powered by the user’s positive and calm memories via their wearables. Users can view their emotions and heal their worlds virtualy. Frontiers in Psychology found that the Healium solution changed EEG brain patterns associated anxiety into more relaxed states in four minutes.

Sarah Hill, CEO & Chief Storyteller of Healium's parent company StoryUP, stated that they applaud the outstanding work XRHealth does to bring therapeutic media to more people. Stress is responsible for 60% of all illness and disease so Healium's biometrically-powered stories are a natural complement to XRHealth's existing library.

StoryUP's Healium is the first VR/AR platform that uses the user's brain patterns, heart rate and wearables. These data-driven stories are powered by proprietary technology and the user's positive memories. Healium was shown to reduce anxiety and improve feelings of optimism in two peer-reviewed journals. Healium is a stress management platform that allows users to monitor their emotions and create virtual worlds. Healium was founded by an ex-TV reporter who suffered from panic attacks. It is now used in stress areas around the world. Healium sales help fund a virtual tour program that allows elderly Veterans to visit their Washington DC memorials. Healium's content and kits have enabled thousands of Veterans to visit their memorials virtually.

Healium allows users to power a magical snow globe using their mind's positive energy, float through fractal animations, and alter the seasons from winter into spring by changing their brain patterns that are associated with calm.

XRHealth Collaboration With Magic Leap Headset

In September 2019, XRHealth and Magic Leap announced a collaboration that aims to bring XRHealth's health and wellness solutions directly to Magic Leap devices, a new ARHealth platform.

Magic Leap and XRHealth have teamed up to offer XRHealth wellness and health solutions to doctors. ARHealth's therapeutic platform provides spatial computing applications that can be used to aid in rehabilitation, cognitive training and psychological assessment. It also allows for distraction from pain. These non-invasive medical tools improve the patient's treatment experience by allowing them to track their progress and analyze their results.

The ARHealth platform is designed for doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. It provides data analysis and tracking tools that are highly accurate and can be used in hospitals and other medical facilities. This comprehensive solution uses AI and cloud computing algorithms to instantly upload quantified data to a web-based portal. Medical professionals can control the session remotely via tablet control. This includes setting session characteristics and choosing content, duration, and other settings. Remote monitoring is possible with the system.

Each session is recorded in detail. This allows for adjustments to the AR experience of the patient as necessary.

XRHealth Joins Qualcomm XR Enterprise Program

In September 2019, XRHealth joined Qualcomm's XR Enterprise Program. This program connects XR solution providers with Qualcomm Technologies' hardware ecosystem providers and resources to speed XR collaboration, innovation and industry growth.

All types of XR solution providers based on Qualcomm(r) Snapdragon XR Platform are welcome to join the program. They come from every industry, including manufacturing, healthcare, education, and aerospace. XRHealth contributes their expertise in the area of XR technology and patient healthcare. XRHealth gives doctors real-time analytics which can be used to measure the impact of XR technologies on patient care.

XRHealth Partners With Allscripts to Offer Integrated VR/AR Platforms

XRHealth partnered up with Allscripts in September 2019 to offer an integrated VR/AR platform that leverages Allscripts Open APIs. Allscripts Developer Program Partnership allows medical professionals to prescribe VR/AR treatments and track their progress on patient health.

XRHealth provides virtual reality and augmented realities solutions for hospitals, healthcare facilities and patients. It offers an engaging, therapeutic experience that helps relieve pain, improve motor function and assess cognitive functioning and promotes overall health and wellness. The ARHealth and VRHealth portals provide real-time analytics that allow healthcare professionals to evaluate patient progress and gain clear insight into patient data.

Eran Orr is the CEO of XRHealth. He stated that doctors will have one place to view all patient information through Allscripts and XRHealth. Medical professionals will have access to all patient data and records in one place so they can see how treatments are affecting their patients. They can also make adjustments as needed. This partnership is the first to include VR/AR apps in an EHR platform.

Allscripts Developer Program (ADP), which offers both FHIR(r), and proprietary APIs, allows you to connect third-party apps, devices, and other innovative healthcare technology with Allscripts products. Allscripts supports API integration since 2007. It is responsible for enabling more than a billion data transfers each year. This is the largest documented use of APIs in the healthcare industry.

Sheba Medical Center is the first fully VR-based hospital in the world to use XRHealth Technology

XRHealth entered into a partnership with Sheba Medical Center in November 2019. Sheba Medical Center was ranked as the 10th most prestigious hospital in the world. They created the first VR-based hospital using XRHealth technology. The medical center's commitment to digital health and innovation includes the integration of VR technology.

Sheba Medical Center has strategically transformed the hospital into an innovation center that fosters a startup culture. This will encourage the hospital's transformation to digital healthcare. Innovation ARC is the strategy that guides the hospital. It stands for Accelerate, Redesign, and Collaborate. This strategy focuses on investing in digital healthcare, collaborating with key partners, and inspiring innovation. Sheba has partnered with XRHealth in order to utilize their VR platform for cognitive and physical therapy as well as pain relief.

Amitai Ziv, director of Sheba’s Rehabilitation Hospital, stated that she believes Sheba Medical Center can provide better training and better personalized care to patients by partnering with XRHealth.

American International College Research finds that XRHealth's VR therapy is more reliable than standard goniometric methods

American International College's November 2019 research found that XRHealth VR Therapy was more reliable than the goniometric method. This is the industry standard. VR Therapy had a statistically significant result with a confidence level of 99% that was more reliable in measuring cervical motion.

American International College's research evaluated the reliability of both the methods and the time required to measure the cervical and shoulder ranges of motion (AROM), as well as whether patients were open to using either of the options. This was a single-blinded, randomized controlled study that involved 40 healthy subjects who were tested twice. The results showed that VR had statistically significant differences from standard goniometer methods, with high confidence levels of 99% in rotation, lateralflexion, and extension.

Patrick Carley from American International College stated that the research results show that physical therapy can be more accurate in determining patients' true capabilities using new technology. Virtual reality therapy is reliable, and 75% of subjects preferred having neck movements recorded using VR to aid their diagnosis.

XRHealth Opens First Virtual Reality Telehealth Clinic

XRHealth has opened the first virtual reality telehealth facility that offers VR therapy to patients in February 2020. The current certified VR telehealth providers are in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Florida. They also have certifications in New York, California, Delaware, Washington D.C. and North Carolina. Medicare and major insurance companies cover XRHealth telehealth services.

The XRHealth VR telehealth clinicians provide an initial patient assessment and ship a VR headset for patients who don't have one. They also train patients on how to use it, monitor them via video and VR technology, and handle the insurance billing. The XRHealth VR technology can be used for therapeutic treatments. Remotely, the clinician can monitor the patient's progress and adjust settings. The patient can use the headset on their own after the training session. Data from therapy can be stored and analysed in real time so that clinicians can keep track of patient status while complying with HIPAA privacy rules. A report will be sent to the payer/provider who referred the patient once a week.

VR therapy can be sought by patients who want to receive treatment from the XRHealth telehealth clinic for the following conditions.

  • Rehabilitation for stroke and trauma brain injury
  • Stress, anxiety, and memory decline
  • Acute pain, chronic pain, pain distraction, and pain syndromes
  • Night sweats and hot flashes
  • Spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders, and neck, shoulder pains

XRHealth raises $7 million USD to expand its Telehealth Platform

XRHealth secured $7M funding in April 2020 to expand its telehealth platform and support more patients and clinicians for virtual/augmented realities therapy. Bridges Israel, Flint Capital and 20/20 HealthCare Partners led the round. This comes at a crucial time when millions of people are being isolated by COVID-19. Telehealth solutions are needed to provide high-quality care and allow patients to follow self-distancing precautions.

Pico Partnership

Pico Interactive and XRHealth partnered in April 2020 to offer VR headsets to meet the growing tele-health market demand. This partnership was made possible by COVID-19 self-distancing precautions. Patients in Australia, Europe and the United States will be able to access "VR Telehealth Kits" which include Pico headsets and pre-installed VR therapy. This allows XRHealth professionals to remotely treat and monitor their patients.

Pico headsets are easy to use and do not require any additional equipment. Pico headsets can be used in a wide range of industries, including healthcare. They include replaceable PU face inserts which are easy to clean and hygienic. You can purchase the "VR Telehealth Kits" via the XRHealth website or via various resellers.

Receiving $450,000 Grant to Fight COVID-19

XRHealth was awarded a $450,000 grant by the Israeli Innovation Authority in May 2020 to combat COVID-19. XRHealth VR therapy offers tele-health services for hospitals in Israel to treat general health problems, mental health conditions, and rehabilitation related to the coronavirus.

XRHealth was among the 35 companies selected from 750 applicants for the IIA grant. XRHealth will bring similar telehealth VR clinics and support group launched in April in the United States to Israel with the new grant. They will also create custom apps for Israeli medical facilities and integrate their solution in the Israeli healthcare system. XRHealth was also deployed in government hospitals to support telehealth rehabilitation and mental healthcare treatment. This remote support eliminates the need to have patients visit healthcare centers. XRHealth's virtual therapy gives clinicians data in real-time, allowing them to monitor and control patient care.

The growing trend in healthcare to embrace telemedicine is illustrated by VR therapy. The Trump administration announced a dramatic expansion of telehealth services to help patients avoid trips to the doctor and reduce the risk of contracting this virus.

Patent granted to XRHealth for incorporating Biofeedback into VR/AR Therapy

XRHealth was granted a patent in September 2020 for biofeedback techniques.

U.S. Patent No. U.S. Patent No. 16/067480 was issued September 15, 2020. It is entitled "A Therapy And Physical Training Device."

These innovative approaches allow VR/AR therapy for pain management to be based on biofeedback. This includes EEG, heart rate variability, galvanic and galvanic skin responses, as well as other important responses that patients receive while using VR/AR devices. Biofeedback allows for customized patient treatment and provides clinicians with better information about how patients respond to therapy.

XRHealth will integrate their VR/AR therapy with Apple Watch. This is due to the advanced features of the Apple Watch such as a medical-grade, FDA-cleared Electrocardiogram (EKG), which measures heartbeat. XRHealth will use data from the Apple Watch to detect pain. This will allow them to modify their VR/AR therapy treatments based on how they feel during sessions.

XRHealth Release VR Therapy Application for ADHD

XRHealth has released a VR therapy app for ADHD in September 2020. This application is designed to improve ADHD cognitive functioning, such as attention and impulsivity. It also targets higher-level thinking functions like initiating, organizing and planning daily tasks. VR technology closely tracks user progress, based on the ability to focus and not be distracted.

A new FDA policy allows clinicians to prescribe VR therapy to patients with ADHD as an adjunct to outpatient care. The VR training solution is based upon the brain plasticity principle. This is the brain's ability for reorganization to overcome current challenges. This application relies on well-researched cognitive principles that have been proven to be effective in this regard. The application also allows clinicians to monitor and adjust each step of the training process, thereby increasing its effectiveness.

A user-adaptive mechanism backed by eye tracking technology is used in every training session to allow clinicians to adjust task difficulty levels to suit the patient's abilities. This is a mechanism that challenges patients and motivates them to improve their performance.

Clinicians who use the XRHealth VR training system will determine the appropriate number and duration of VR therapy sessions to be given to each ADHD patient. The application has many core benefits, including:

Motor activation: ADHD patients often have problems with motor and cognitive abilities. The XRHealth app is one of few digital cognitive training programs that integrates motor and cognitive activity in a digitally monitored training program.

To improve motor movement, the visual and auditory experiences mimic real-life activity.

Clinical monitoring is easier: The app provides clinicians with detailed, precise and comprehensive information about each patient's performance and improvement.

Eye tracking technology integrated: This technology gives objective, quantifiable, and unbiased data that can be used to better assess, train, and monitor patients.

$9 million in investment from Discount Tech

XRHealth received $9M in venture financing from Discount Tech in June 2021. These funds will be used for expanding sales and marketing initiatives in order to bring VR/AR therapy into the hands of patients across the U.S., AU, and Israel.

Patients of XRHealth and Reducept offer virtual reality therapy for pain management

XRHealth and Reducept have announced a collaboration to increase their virtual reality pain management therapy offerings to patients. Virtual reality technology offers exercises to help people with chronic pain learn how to manage their pain. This could reduce the need for medication.

Individuals with chronic pain are best served by the XRHealth/Reducept partnership. Reducept VR Game teaches the brain how to create pain medication through digital psychological pain treatment. Through a gamified narrative, the pain management app offers immersive visual experiences and education. It also provides targeted behavioral experiments and uses evidence-based techniques such as acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and 3D virtualization to the body.

XRHealth receives a Rehabilitation Patent to Measure Neck, Shoulder Protraction, and Retraction Motions With AR/VR Technology

XRHealth was granted a patent in July 2021 to measure neck and shoulder protraction with AR/VR technology. These movements are commonly used in occupational and physical therapy rehabilitation.

U.S. Patent No. 16/506,404 entitled "Systems And Methods for Guiding and Measuring Neck, Shoulder Protraction, and Retraction Motions in Virtual/ Augmented Reality", was published on July 26th.

XRHealth invented the measurement method that uses AR/VR technology, which was previously unavailable to measure and guide these specific movements. Physicians will be able to measure the initial agility of patients using this new technology and then compare it with the results after treatment to get clear results.

After years of experimentation in the field neck and shoulder rehabilitation, this technique was created. XRHealth discovered that there was no way to guide and measure this motion. This is crucial for rehabilitation. XRHealth has a unique 3D element made up of multiple pistons that move along a track in 3D space. This allows for precise measurement. Whiplash, frozen shoulder and herniated disc are all common causes of protraction retraction problems in patients. According to the Spine Research Institute of San Diego (SRI), 3 million Americans experience whiplash each year.

XRHealth receives patent to measure and conduct fall risk assessments in virtual reality and Augmented Reality Therapy

XRHealth was granted a patent in November 2021 to measure sway and perform a fall risk assessment with virtual reality and augmented realities therapy. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 falls causes serious injuries such as broken bones and head injury. XRHealth now has the ability to assess elderly patients' risk of falling and can potentially prevent a serious injury.

The patent is called "Assessing postural sway in virtual reality or Augmented Reality." The VR/AR platform measures sway using positional data collected from a headset and hand sensors. The center of mass is determined by the position data. The virtual/augmented reality environment simulates an unbalanced user when the patient enters it. To determine whether the patient is at risk of falling, the server receives data about position and center mass.

Every year, three million seniors are admitted to the emergency room to receive treatment for injuries sustained from falling. 95% of hip fractures occur as a result. Eran Orr points out that the accuracy of measuring sway in AR/VR therapy can help prevent falls in elderly patients. This can lead to long-term disabilities. Patients can use XR to measure their sway in routine extended reality therapy.

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