Patients of the XRHealth telehealth clinic can initially seek treatment for several conditions, including traumatic brain injury, stress, anxiety and spinal cord injuries
➨ The telehealth clinic opens on 1 March
➨ Initial coverage will be in several US states and jurisdictions, with more planned
➨ Once trained, patients can use their headsets independently while data from the therapy is stored and analysed
XRHealth is opening a telehealth clinic on 1 March—giving patients easy access to therapeutic applications in VR for the first time.
The Boston-based provider of an XR platform of immersive therapeutic apps for conditions such as anxiety and stress is rolling its new service out in the US states and jurisdictions of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Florida, Michigan, Washington DC, Delaware, California, New York and North Carolina, where VR telehealth clinicians providing care are currently certified.
More US states will be in the coming months. The XRHealth telehealth services are covered by Medicare and most major insurance providers. Patients can enroll online.
Through the service, XRHealth VR telehealth clinicians will provide an initial patient assessment, ship a VR headset to patients who do not currently have access to one, train them on how to use the technology, provide ongoing telehealth care and remote monitoring using video call and VR technology, and manage insurance billing for patients.
Benefits for patients include clinical staff being able to control the VR unit remotely and adjust treatment and settings in real time.
Once trained, patients can use their headsets independently while data from the therapy is stored and analysed so that clinicians can monitor status regularly while in compliance with privacy rules. Once a week, a report will be generated to the payer/provider that referred the patient.
Patients of the XRHealth telehealth clinic can initially seek treatment for traumatic brain injury and stroke rehabilitation; stress, anxiety and memory decline; chronic pain, acute pain, pain distraction and pain syndromes; hot flashes and night sweats; and neck, shoulder, spinal cord injuries and neurological disorders.
The new telehealth clinic from XRHealth is a signal that the company is “modernising and revolutionising the way healthcare is operating today”, according to chief executive officer Eran Orr.
He continued: “We are utilising the most advanced forms of technology like virtual reality to provide patients with optimal care in the comfort of their own homes while providing top-notch clinicians with ongoing status of their progress. Patients can now ‘go’ to a virtual clinic without the need to leave their homes at all.”
XRHealth opened its platform to third-party developers last year. Orr told VRWorldTech Magazine earlier this month that it wants to become a “one-stop-shop where everyone can access different types of health-related content”.