This Program Uses Immersive Virtual Reality to Lift Cancer Patients' Moods

By: Rahul Kalvapallé - Oct 4, 2016
References: newswise
The Virtual Reality Patient Initiative is an innovative new pilot program that is designed to make use of virtual reality immersion to reduce patient anxiety and discomfort among people suffering from cancer.

Part of a collaboration between the University of Southern California's Norris Comprehensive Cancer Care Center and non-profit technology and media company Springbok Cares, the Virtual Reality Patient Initiative allows patients to access a whole library of virtual reality experiences that cater to people of different age groups. These VR experiences embrace the ethos of escapist entertainment, and help reduce patient anxiety and discomfort by allowing them to be distracted by a range of entertaining, educational and mood-lifting virtual reality immersions.

While most people associate virtual reality headsets with things like video gaming and sports broadcasting, the Virtual Reality Patient Initiative is setting out to prove the efficacy of VR experiences in helping improve the quality of life of people suffering from serious diseases.