Hoag Expands its Experiential Reality Offering with New Center

Hoag Expands its Experiential Reality Offering with New Center

Healthcare Tech Outlook | Tuesday, October 26, 2021

All Hoag practitioners whose patients can benefit from XR can use the Therapy Treatment Room, which will treat patients with various diseases ranging from phobias to pain to post-traumatic stress disorder.

FREMONT, CA: In the view of researching, creating, and utilizing Experiential Reality (XR), Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, already a leader in XR technology, recently established a new Hoag Center for Advanced Visualization and Immersive Therapeutics on the Pickup Family Neurosciences Institute Newport Beach campus.

"The future is now at Hoag Hospital," Dr. Louis said. "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." 

Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR) are all forms of XR that allow clinicians and patients to see parts of human anatomy, physiology, and pathology in vivid, never-before-seen detail. Hoag has created a reputation in XR for advanced surgery, pain and stress management, patient education, and maternal care under the leadership of Dr. Robert Louis, Chief of Neurosurgery and the Empower360 Endowed Chair for Skull Base and Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery.

"As a trusted health care leader and the highest ranked hospital in Orange County, the opening of the Center furthers Hoag's commitment to exploring and perfecting innovative treatment options and elevating our delivery of personalized, compassionate care," said Robert T. Braithwaite, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

Three specialized spaces will be available at the Center. The Development Lab will bring together doctors and engineers to collaborate on the next generation of XR technology. All Hoag practitioners whose patients can benefit from XR can use the Therapy Treatment Room, which will treat patients with various diseases ranging from phobias to pain to post-traumatic stress disorder. The Experiential Theater will provide a platform for nursing education, community participation, case collaboration, and various other demonstrations, as well as virtual fly-through experiences for patients and their families to envisage surgical objectives before treatment.

Hoag hosted the 2nd Annual Hoag Advances in Clinical Virtual Reality Symposium on October 2, 2021. This educational conference was focused on the latest applications in clinical VR and was designed for physicians, allied health workers, nurses, and community members. Virtual and AR professionals from across the world spoke about how technology is affecting healthcare. The seminar also included a sneak peek of the new Hoag Center for Advanced Visualization and Immersive Therapeutics.

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