What do you get when you cross virtual reality experiences and artificial intelligence (AI) analytics with individual biometrics, behavior, and interactions? You get Cross Reality (XR). We’ve seen VRPhysio‘s virtual reality platform used to gamify physical therapy rehabilitation exercises to increase patient compliance. We wrote about Embodied Labs’ We Are Alfred which employs virtual reality to expose physicians to simulated senior experiences as part of their medical training. XR takes virtual experience at least one giant step further. 

VRHealth, co-located in Boston and Israel, creates medical and therapeutic applications based on XR technology. According to a statement by VRHealth Founder and CEO Eran Orr on the company’s website, “VRHealth is the first certified Virtual Reality (VR) medical company in the world and all its medical applications are FDA registered. Our products focus on motor cognitive, physical, psychological, postural ability and pain assessment and treatment.”  Current VRHealth applications require Oculus Go or Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. 

The newest XR application in VicHealth’s catalog is Luna, a virtual reality AI therapist for people who experience hot flashes associated with menopause or chemotherapy. Luna is compatible with Oculus Go, and engages patients in VR experiences designed to reduce the symptoms of hot flashes. Luna’s extra level of intervention — the element that elevates it from VR to XR — involves real-time tracking that feeds data to VRHealth’s cloud-based AI algorithms. Doctors and clinicians can use Luna’s patient analytics reports to customize further treatment. 

XR goes full circle, from patient to doctor to virtual reality to AI to doctor and finally back to the patient. With this XR application, VR doesn’t replace doctors or other medical professionals but helps them design personalized treatment plans.