13/jul/2021

SyncVR Medical is proud to announce that we have acquired the ISO2001 and NEN7510 certifications. It should also be noted that we are the first ever VR company to receive these certifications. This shows that we are indeed frontrunners in the VR industry, especially for the medical world. We aim to be frontrunners on multiple aspects, and with these certifications we prove that we continue doing so. 

But what do they actually entail? Both certifications are about our information security management system. In other words: how we deal with personal information of companies and everything that we receive and/or use. By acquiring such a certification, the outside world gets the proof that we value and commit to having a secure information management system when providing our innovative VR experience. This is of course not new for us, but this certification only strengthens our promise.  

There is a small difference between the two certifications. ISO27001 is internationally known as the certification for information security management systems. NEN7510 is very similar, but only for the Dutch market and specifically targeted at healthcare. We are therefore very proud to have also received this certification as our focus is healthcare specific. Both ensure that information is securely and safely dealt with. Something that SyncVR Medical finds incredibly valuable. With our entire platform now ISO and NEN certified, we are taking VR to the next level.


JPJ-VR-bril-tijdens-nierdialyse41-spaarne-sg-1200x775.jpg
09/jun/2021

The functionalities of Virtual Reality (VR) are unlimited. It can be applied in so many instances, especially in the medical world. A procedure for which VR is particularly useful and beneficial is dialysis. This is a long procedure used as a treatment for people with kidney problems and it needs to be repeated quite frequently. To start the dialysis a thicker needle has to be attached to one’s arm. This can be quite a scary and sometimes painful procedure for some. That is where VR comes in. 

VR helps create new and easier ways for the patient to go through dialysis. A patient could wear a VR headset before getting the injection and follow a relaxation exercise or watch a nature scene as a distraction for example. The focus will be shifted from the actual procedure to what they are experiencing in the VR environment. This will lessen the anxiety and distract them from the pain. 

However, VR applications can also take a step further when it comes to dialysis applications. VR can provide the patient with information about the procedure. It has been proven that VR can help with improving the storage and recall of medical information. It creates this heightened form of focus on what is being said as the patient fully emerges in it. Such patient education helps them get acquainted with what is about to happen, which again lessens the fear of the unknown. Such patient education also lessens the infection rates. SyncVR Medical applications that discuss just this are called ‘Dialysis Orientation’ and ‘Weltenmacher Orientation’ and they can be found in the app store. 

Lastly is it also great for the medical personnel to learn how to administer dialysis to patients. It gives them the opportunity to safely practice the procedure without harming any patients. Mistakes can be corrected and perfected until a trainee is set to do the real work. SyncVR Medical has even created an application called ‘HD Zelf Aanprikken’ that teaches patients how to do the dialysis injection themselves. This can be extremely helpful for hemodialysis procedures done at home. All this goes to show that the options are very extensive and very useful.


unnamed.jpg
22/apr/2021

Over the course of recent times, dental education has progressed tremendously. Advanced teaching and learning methods have been developed and refined. This has led to improved precision of skills involving dexterity and hand coordination. This is particularly important in areas such as dentistry. Virtual Reality is a great tool for not just  understanding the patients’ perspective but also plays a part of continuous education of dental professionals.

1. Virtual Reality helps to deal with patient’s anxiety, fear and pain during dental visits

Visiting a dentist can be a daunting experience due to the anxiety and pain associated with it. VR will immerse the patients into other worlds. They can view scenes that will help them feel relaxed and calm during a procedure Patients will be less anxious and fidgety, which will allow you to treat them more efficiently.

2. Less Dependence on Nitrous Oxide

Dentists who have used VR report little or no use of nitrous oxide to relax their patients. They’ve experienced benefits such as lower expenses, administering fewer drugs to patients, showing patients that they’re innovative, and demonstrating that they care about the opioid drug epidemic and are part of the solution.

3. VR will make you stand out as a welcoming office.

VR reflects concern for patient welfare, allows you to treat patients who become more relaxed and calmer, reduces patient anxiety and stress, reduces procedural time and gives the doctor more flexibility. Patients will talk about these practices and recommend their dentists to their friends and families. This will place these dental practices at the top.


IMG_20190821_200752.jpg
08/apr/2021

Many individuals worldwide suffer from some form of drug addiction or substance use disorder (SUD). Due to the cyclical nature of withdrawal and relapses, eg. alcohol use disorder (AUD), the difficulty rooted in managing such brain diseases can dishearten those who most want to cease drug misuse and lead healthier lives. Virtual reality methods can also have a large impact on those seeking treatment and play a significant role in countering their feelings of defeatism and self-doubt. By rejecting their addiction repeatedly in a virtual scenario, individuals foster the confidence to do so in the real world and maintain that belief in their own abilities across other treatment options.

Benefits of using VR for Addiction Treatment

Scholars at the  Virtual Reality Clinical Research Lab at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work are pioneers of using VR technology for treatment purposes. The researchers have achieved success using virtual reality therapy to help smokers refuse the temptation of cigarettes.

virtual-reality-therapy-for-treating-alcohol-or-drug-addiction

The benefits of virtual reality can apply no matter what stage of the process they are in.

1. Detoxification

To help during the  process of detoxifying from drug addiction , virtual reality techniques can be used to distract the individual from the discomfort of withdrawal and detox. While immersed in this alternate reality, many find it easier to cope with their symptoms and stay committed to their sobriety.

2. Fighting Cravings

VR is an active experience, with the user diving completely into a different reality. Specific sounds, smells, situations, and visual stimuli play a vital role in their desire to use drugs, and by engaging regularly with these specific triggers, addicts can practice overcoming them through repeat exposure.

3. Learning to say No.

With virtual reality, clients can practice these scenarios over and over again without having to worry about what happens if they cannot say no. Recovery is a daily commitment, but it can be easier to do if you know you have succeeded in the past. By saying successfully no to addiction in a virtual setting, addicts can feel more confident saying no once they leave treatment.

4. Personalized Therapy

As much as VR can help addicts fight off outside triggers, it can also help therapists identify the internal contributions fostering an addiction. Self-doubt, childhood trauma, a family history of addiction, and countless other factors could be building a roadblock to recovery. By exploring these scenarios customized therapies can be designed to determine the root cause of addiction.

5. Relaxation

Soothing scenes, when combined with relaxing music, can help reduce agitation, stress, paranoia, and anger and provide a quiet place for self-reflection. This technology can also provide an escape if cravings become overwhelming.


VRDSC_7039-1024x683.jpg
12/mrt/2021

Virtual reality (VR) opens up so many opportunities, giving users the ability to do everything from swimming in the ocean to flying through outer space with ease. The technology’s fun options are endless — but how does it fit into childbirth ?. VR magnifies the mind-body connection & influences our brain on how it perceives the sensation of pain. Recently virtual reality is being used by doctors during labor to distract & calm women until its time to push.

Virtual reality offers patients a medication-free option to help them cope with the anxieties and pain of birth. There is a research that is focused on women in labor, involving a half-hour test that displayed certain relaxing sequences via a VR headset. The experiment involved women who hadn’t been given pain drugs and were going into labor for the first time. According to Reuters, the study participants who wore the VR headsets over a 30-minute period had an average 0.52 point drop on the self-reported pain scale (which goes from 1 to 10) compared with the control group that experienced a nearly identical rise  in pain.

Using VR for women in labor has additional benefits such as:

  • Lower Costs.
  • Few side effects.
  • Less risk to the mother & the baby.
  • A medication free option
  • Effective pain relief.
  • Also offers reliefs during post-birth procedures like stitches for tears or incisions.

Virtual reality could also help those who may have an active or past substance use disorder. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s  clinical guide on treating pregnant people with opioid use disorder explains that those with the disorder can have a diminished response to opioid medication. This means they often require higher doses to find relief. During labor, it’s possible that VR could offer a way to augment or replace medication to help manage pain for those with a substance use disorder.

During labor, VR offers a way to augment or replace medication to help manage pain effectively may also increase the body’s own levels of endorphins and other pain-blocking mechanisms.


nl_NLNederlands