Hoag opens dedicated centre for researching, developing and implementing XR - Hoag's VR applications across healthcare

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Hoag is providing an interdisciplinary XR resource for patients and doctors from all specialties

Quick read

➨ The Hoag Center for Advanced Visualization and Immersive Therapeutics is located inside Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute Newport Beach campus
➨  It will house three dedicated spaces for researching, developing and implementing XR
➨ Hoag is particularly interested in XR for advanced surgery, pain and stress management, patient education, and maternal care

The story

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, the medical services provider in Orange County, California, USA, has opened a new centre dedicated to the application of extended reality (XR) technology in healthcare.

The Hoag Center for Advanced Visualization and Immersive Therapeutics, located inside Hoag’s Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute Newport Beach campus, is a testament to the potential of augmented, virtual and mixed reality (AR, VR and MR) technology to deliver treatments for a range of illnesses and conditions.

Hoag is particularly interested in XR for advanced surgery, pain and stress management, patient education, and maternal care, with Dr Robert Louis, chief of neurosurgery and the Empower360 Endowed Chair for Skull Base and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery, leading its work in these areas.

Dr Louis comments: “The future is now at Hoag Hospital. This exceptional technology is transforming care in multiple institutes hospital-wide and requires an equally exceptional dedicated space. We are thrilled to provide an interdisciplinary resource for patients and doctors from all specialties.”

‘Hoag’s commitment to exploring and perfecting innovative treatment options’

Hoag says the new centre will house three dedicated spaces for researching, developing and implementing XR.

The development lab will bring together physicians and engineers to work hand-in-hand to develop the newest XR technology.

A therapy treatment room is available to all Hoag physicians whose patients can benefit from XR and will treat patients with myriad diagnoses, from phobias to pain to post-traumatic stress disorder.

Finally, the experiential theater, featuring comfortable seating for six, will enable ‘virtual fly-through’ experiences for patients and their families to visualise surgical objectives before treatment, as well as provide a setting for nursing education, community engagement, case collaboration, and various other demonstrations.

Robert T Braithwaite, president and chief executive officer of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, says: “As a trusted healthcare leader and the highest ranked hospital in Orange County, the opening of the centre furthers Hoag’s commitment to exploring and perfecting innovative treatment options and elevating our delivery of personalised, compassionate care.”

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Image credits: Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian

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