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Children’s Hospital Pioneers Use of VR for 'Patient Care, Education and Experience'Virtual reality is just what the doctor ordered, particularly the pediatric cardiologists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

The docs on call are “taking inspiration from the video-game and consumer technology industries” in their work. How so? By leveraging virtual reality as a “vital tool” for both providers and patients.

According to the official word from the healthcare organization, The Virtual Reality Program at the Children’s Heart Center is “going beyond gaming with three VR projects that are already improving patients’ education, health, and hospital experience and helping physicians treat cardiac patients more effectively.”

“Because we are situated in Silicon Valley, we are in an ideal position to be a vanguard in this space and to partner with the companies that are on the cutting edge of this technology,” says Stephen Roth, MD, MPH, chief of pediatric cardiology and director of the Children’s Heart Center.

Those in charge cite multiple ways in which care teams can effectively utilize virtual reality. Three projects are discussed in detail this week in the hospital’s media release on the deployment of virtual reality. To review the full announcement, click here.


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