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AURA: Reducing Relapse through MR Powered Treatment Tools

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The opioid crisis has caused a 600 percent increase in admissions to mental care facilities. Here in the US and on a global scale, the gap between the need for treatment and its provision is extremely wide due to inefficiencies in healthcare. The complexities associated with psychological disordersmean that successful treatments often require regular access to mental health care professionals and various support systems. More importantly, considering the country’s colossal relapse rate, patients also need to develop better coping skills to avoid relapse after leaving a care facility. AURA, a digital health startup, brings a system of tools for mental health care providers in clinical settings to do just that. The tools are designed to increase accessibility, reduce relapse, and fasten the recovery process. “Mathew Kiang from the Stanford University Center stated that ‘it shouldn’t be harder to find help than to find heroin’ and unfortunately I can attest that this is absolutely true—not just in in the US but it’s a global crisis. Our mission is to scale accessibility to health care and reduce the rate of relapse.” says Lima Jevremović, founder and CEO of AURA.

The company brings a location-based virtual reality system and a continued care mobile application to prevent relapse and enhance treatment. The VR system puts the patients in specific triggering environments virtually and enables the therapist to manipulate and control those environments to check their response. With that, patients learn the coping skills necessary to prevent relapse when they leave the care facility and start a normal life. As AURA integrates virtual reality with therapy in a safe environment, therapists can teach patients the grounding exercises required to overcome their fight-or-flight response. “When patients are exposed to environmental triggers in the real world, they can use those coping skills to prevent relapse,” mentions Lima. More importantly, AURA’s VR system helps patients overcome relapse without depending too much on therapists. As they focus on the mental health of the veteran community and patients with eating disorders, the company uses a variety of virtual testing environments, including bars, party events, grocery stores, and more.

Once a patient is released from residential care and starts a normal life in recovery, he or she can use AURA’s telehealth application to monitor their day-to-day treatment progress.


Mathew Kiang from the Stanford University Center stated that ‘it shouldn’t be harder to find help than to find heroin’ and unfortunately I can attest that this is absolutely true—not just in in the US but it’s a global crisis. Our mission is to scale accessibility to health care and reduce the rate of relapse

The mobile application allows the therapist to connect with the patients virtually after they leave the treatment center. The application also checks-in on the patient daily and enables them to use an alert button to call 911 in emergencies. The company leverages patient data by integrating virtual reality and augmented reality with the therapy and offers precision treatments. In addition, AURA performs voice analysis of patients to understand their distress levels during the therapy session. They also leverage a combination of data generated from self-reporting assessments and biofeedback to provide enhanced treatment options. They also record patients’ responses to triggering environments and calming environments by performing various tasks and routines. Using such data, they determine an effective treatment plan for eachpatients. Moreover, therapists get an in-depth view of the patient’s feelings throughout the session. AURA also uses a proprietary risk analysis system that alerts the therapist if the patient is at high risk for relapse or self-harm.

As AURA takes serious note of their patient’s data, the company strictly adheres to the privacy guidelines, including HIPAA, mandated by various agencies. Although the company is running a pilot program to further study the extent of effectiveness of its tools, therapists have widely accepted AURA’s solutions. One of the therapists who used AURA’s wellness tools said, “I can see the patient’s feelings, and I have the data to help them.” Moving ahead, AURA plans to onboard new clients and scale its business globally. The company also plans to build a lighter version of the telehealth application for the general public and those who wish to access the tool.

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AURA

Company
AURA

Headquarters
Bainbridge Island, WA

Management
Lima Jevremović, Founder, and CEO, AURA

Description
AURA, a digital health startup, brings a system of tools for mental health care providers in clinical setting. The tools are designed to increase accessibility, reduce relapse, and fasten the recovery process. The company brings a location-based virtual reality system and a continued care mobile application to prevent relapse and thereby enhance treatment. The VR system puts the patients in certain triggering environments, virtually, and enable the therapist to manipulate and control those environments to check their response. With that, patients learn the coping skills to prevent relapse when they leave the care facility and start a normal life