VRHealth, a medical technology company focusing on virtual reality (VR) products and data analysis, has recently announced it will be offering a system that alleviates hot flashes. Luna, the new VR artificial intelligence (AI) therapist, will be available on the VRHealth platform starting in January of 2019. With many patients going through menopause or chemotherapy treatments being affected negatively by hot flashes, VRHealth is offering an innovative remedy for these individuals’ symptoms.
This AI-powered therapist has been programmed with psychological procedures and supports users with these evidence-based strategies. These programs that have been used to ‘train’ the AI therapist utilize immersive VR experiences that reduce one’s physical and mental symptoms associated with hot flashes.
Roughly three-quarters of all women over the age of 51 experience symptoms associated with menopause, including depression, anxiety, migraines, and of course hot flashes. VRHealth’s innovative Luna system aims to tackle the latter of these symptoms with a non-pharmaceutical approach that yields impactful results.
“Our goal is to provide a therapy-based virtual reality experience in all areas of healthcare,” said Eran Orr, CEO of VRHealth. “A variety of conditions can cause hot flashes such as menopause and various cancer conditions, incorporating the AI-therapist into our solution will provide relief, both at home and in a medical facility, to those experiencing them.”
When the patient uses the VR headset, they encounter Luna, who uses AI-embedded algorithms to guide the user through cognitive behavioral therapy and various other coping methods, allowing the user to travel through various scenarios.
Orr described the system interface, saying: “That trainer you can take to different places. One part of the app is called practice breathing in an environment. It [let’s you] see how you breath. Users can actually see the environment and go into a lake or waterfall.”
The Luna technology will first only be available to patients in the clinical setting, however Orr claimed that VRHealth’s overarching goal is to offer a system that patients can bring into their own homes.
“Patients will be introduced to it during chemotherapy or treatment in the hospital and will take [the] headset back home,” said Orr. “It is an AI that is basically a trainer that follows improvement and can be adjusted automatically.”
This announcement comes just months after VRHealth announced a partnership with the VR-tech giant Oculus. The two have plans to use VRHealth’s technology with both the Oculus Rift and newer Oculus Go to offer patients pain relief with top-of-the-line VR apparatus.
VRHealth already has medical applications approved by the FDA and focuses mainly on collecting and analyzing patient data via AI. Ultimately, their innovative approach to therapeutic intervention helps physicians give their patients specialized care.
The concept of Luna arose from a VRHealth employee after their own experience with battling breast cancer and undergoing chemotherapy. The hot flashes this employee faced were profound enough to spark this innovative idea that integrates VR and AI into a novel therapy.
— Dominique Godefroy (@dgodefroyfr) December 13, 2018