XRHealth secures expanded telehealth trial with Bupa in Australia

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Telehealth has emerged on the medical scene as a crucial medium of care for patients throughout the world and now XRHealth is working with Bupa to boost access in Australia

Quick read

➨ Bupa, Australia’s largest health insurer, is trialling the XRHealth platform for physiotherapy needs, with an expanded deployment providing insured patients with access to VR for exercising at home
➨ Patients will work directly with a clinician via XRHealth’s VR telehealth solution to receive a personalised treatment plan
➨ Bupa made the XRHealth platform available to more customers at the beginning of September, with a wider rollout planned for 2021

The story

Israel- and US-based immersive healthcare company XRHealth has secured what could potentially be a lucrative opportunity in Australia after an impressive initial trial.

Bupa, Australia’s largest health insurer, is trialling the XRHealth platform for physiotherapy needs, with an expanded deployment providing insured patients with access to VR for exercising at home.

Patients will work directly with a clinician via XRHealth’s VR telehealth solution to receive a personalised treatment plan that the immersive healthcare company described as “therapeutic, fun, and engaging”.

Microsoft employees give their feedback on the XRHealth telehealth kit for physiotherapy

Participating clinicians will in turn receive data on patient progress so that they can accurately measure treatment outcomes.

According to Bupa’s managing director of health insurance, Emily Amos, the Covid-19 pandemic has made telehealth solutions such as XRHealth crucial for patients who need to access usually in-person physiotherapy sessions.

An earlier trial of telehealth solutions was “overwhelmingly positive, with customers reporting that they enjoyed the XRHealth programme and found it extremely convenient”.

Amos said: “This has the potential to be a truly transformational offering and we are looking forward to seeing results of the expanded trial.”

Bupa made the XRHealth platform available to more customers at the beginning of September, with a wider rollout planned for 2021.

Eran Orr, chief executive officer of XRHealth, said: “We are excited to partner with Australia’s largest health insurer to deliver this innovative model of care to Australia.”

“Covid-19 highlighted telehealth as a crucial component of the healthcare industry that can have profound effects on patient continued care.”

Telehealth has emerged on the medical scene as “a crucial medium of care” for patients throughout the world, according to Orr, who was speaking after his company attracted $7 million in funding from Bridges Israel, Flint Capital, 20/20 HealthCare Partners and other investors earlier this year.

Social isolation brought about by the pandemic and lockdowns have made telehealth solutions much more compelling.

XRHealth, whose platform also offers immersive therapeutic apps for conditions such as anxiety and stress, opened its first telehealth clinic on 1 March in a number of US states.

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Main image: The XHealth telehealth kit in action

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