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Virtual Reality Patient Healthcare is Not a Game




The fruits of many an unexpected invention accompany us everyday.

The inventions of medical scientists, pioneers and visionaries are responsible for items such as X-Rays, Penciliin, Viagra, Listerine, Propecia, and the Pacemaker to name a few.

It’s a phenomenon not limited to the medical field, take for instance the discovery of Saccharin, Dynamite, Matches, Coca-Cola, and Microwave Ovens.

Indeed technology does not need to be limited to the inventors original intended use for it to become inspiringly useful by enterprising users.

Inventors of the technology often understand that it’s the nascent users and developers who will test, experiment, break and fix things in the process of discovering expanded potential of their invention.

Clinical use of Oculus VR

In a non gaming use of Virtual Reality, the Hospital Perpetuo Soccorro last week took the bold step of publicly trialling this gaming technology to appease operative anxiety for a patient under local anaesthic.

While VR is not a substitute for local anaesthetic, in this scenario the patient was greatly assisted by the calming effect of listening to Mozart while being immersed in a super moon lit beachside paradise, gazing up at distant fireworks.

To underline the commitment to new technology, the hospital – which is also combining Doctor’s access to EHR with wearables such as Google Glass – POV streamed the operation through Google’s infamous wearable smart glasses to YouTube.

All while the doctor conducted a knee arthroscopy in the operating theatre with all the inevitable accompanying local environmental stress that typically entails for a patient.

Contrast the stark physical reality of a classic functional hospital ward where we entrust professionals to attend to our health with the comforts of a typical spa where our wellbeing and feel good factor is of paramount importance.

Virtual Reality can go some way to bringing those worlds together and having a positive clinical benefit to the patient.

Clinical Pain Management

According to Fortune, in a collaboration with Stanford’s Department of Anaesthesia, Jeremy Bailenson, director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, Virtual Reality technology was used to place children with chronic regional pain syndrome (CRPS) — a disease characterized by severe pain, swelling, and changes in the skin – in virtual simulations that divert their brains from unpleasant physical therapy and treatment distracting them from processing pain signals.

Such research is by no means recent. The University of Washington Seattle and U.W Harborview Burn Center have been exploring the immersive virtual reality pain distraction since the early 1990’s.

Droiders last week also launched Glassware for dentists (spanish version), where once again the hands free contextual unobtrusive line of sight information, is proving highly beneficial to dental professionals.

In this instance the Oculus VR was not featured for the patient as there are practical issues, however other researchers have shown recently that other Virtual Reality headsets can have a clinical advantage in dentistry.

When technology breaks out of from it’s crowdsourced origins it frequently attracts critiscm from many quarters as witnessed with the recent acquisition of Oculus.


Facebook recently acquired Oculus VR for $2billion – will healthcare feature in future plans?


However the promise for VR in healthcare and indeed beyond it’s gaming roots is a compelling one.

After all, rules that are stretched and technology that gains use beyond it’s intended usage is potent.

And yet for all last week’s #notagame I was struck by comments received in private by tech editors in relation to this announcement, declining to cover it.

I’m unsure if that’s Valley nimbyism, a friday sub optimal announcement timing, the fog of football, or if tech reporting decidingly lapses to potato salad level of reporting in some quarters.

Read coverage of Patient Healthcare with Virtual Reality from MD+DI and The Guardian. En español, lea la cobertura de la noticia en El Confidencial, Las Provincias, Real o Virtual.

The world first implantology through Google Glass: Avinent for Glass




Avinent for Glass is the latest application that we have developed in the Glass device for the leader in the field of dentistry, AVINENT.

With Avinent Glass app, the implantology dentist will receive precise instructions to perform the surgical protocol for dental implant placement through Glass.

This new tool is very useful to help the dental professional in their daily work. It improves their workflow as well as ensuring greater efficiency with the patient.

The Glassware consists of a preoperative checklist, which provides the clinical assistant checklist with everything you need and should take into account prior to the intervention. For example, surgical cassette, radiographic patient sample, implant, etc.

The next phase is the identification of the implant labeled with a QR code. Before a surgery, the doctor identifies the implant through the Glass device. It automatically recognize the label and show the characteristics of the implant diameter, reference, batch, etc.

Next, it’s time to start the surgery. At this point, the dentist can follow the protocol of surgery, which the Glass will inform the necessary actions and instrumentation for the operation.

The Clinical Application of Google Glass in Hospital Perpetuo Socorro




Today, Droiders presented the world’s first clinical application of Google Glass to the Hospital Perpetuo Socorro in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The application is fully integrated with the management system of the hospital, and allows doctors to view his patient’s record on the device. In this way, it could improve the quality of care, faster response to the request of the patient and effectively access references.

Doctor can easily access medical information by scanning a QR code that printed on a bracelet worn by the patient. It is a very efficient way for a doctor to carry out their duties without carrying paperwork and wasting time to access a desktop computer. Use of the application allows for a direct doctor to patient interaction improving the doctor & patient relationship.

The accessible information can be divided into six tabs:

  • Risk factors: after showing the personal information (name, age, date of birth, date of admission and patient number) the doctor may consult the risk factors of the patient, for example, allergies and family history.
  • Medical history: The doctor can read which treatment has been applied to the patient and the follow up treatment.
  • The medication : they can check whether the patient has been administered and medicated as well as basic information about patient condition, such as: congestion, stress and temperature.
  • Test requests: the application can show all the records that were requested by the doctor.
  • Treatments: Indicates the patient drug prescription, their quantity and frequency.
  • Documents: The doctor can access the results of the analysis, electrocardiogram, and all the tests that the patient has had since they were admitted.

Today, this technology is implemented in the hospital environment to improve patient healthcare.

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