Israel-based Sheba Medical Center, in partnership with XRHealth (formerly VRHealth), has become what is reportedly the first fully virtual reality (VR)-based hospital in the world, it announces in a media release.
The hospital, ranked by Newsweek as reportedly the tenth best in the world, is utilizing XRHealth’s flagship product, the VRHealth Platform, for cognitive therapy, physical therapy, pain relief, and many other applications, as part of its complete transformation to digital health.
The hospital is guided by a strategy named Innovation ARC that stands for accelerate, redesign, and collaborate with a focus on investing in digital health, collaborating with key partners and inspiring innovation, per the release.
“With XRHealth, Sheba Medical Center believes we will be able to provide improved training for our facility, along with better and more personalized care for our patients,” says Professor Amitai Ziv, Director of Sheba’s Rehabilitation Hospital.
Dr Eyal Zimlichman, Sheba’s Chief Medical and Chief Innovation Officer, adds, “We’ve identified medical virtualization as one of the technologies that will transform healthcare. Within this realm, we aim to be a leader in developing new health services based on VR.”
XRHealth’s VRHealth Platform is offered to healthcare facilities and provides them with VR medical apps, including cognitive assessment and training apps, motor function apps, pain management apps, and behavioral apps. The VRHealth and ARHealth platforms are particularly useful for medical professionals since they can analyze patient data in real-time to track their recovery both on site and remotely.
“It is monumental in both the medical and technology industries that Sheba Medical Center has become the first fully VR-based hospital,” states Eran Orr, CEO of XRHealth, headquartered in Israel and Boston.
“Sheba Medical Center is leading the transformation that the medical industry is now undergoing, moving to a vision of innovation that will ultimately drive more innovation.”