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VR Healthcare Best Practices

Virtual reality (VR) technology has improved significantly in the last few years. With these advancements, the use of VR in the clinical setting is increasing. There are a lot of cited uses and benefits, including rehabilitation, pain management, and reduced feelings of anxiety, depression, and isolation. However, it is important to avoid unsubstantiated claims, establish […]

Virtual Reality, the Opioid Crisis, and Pain

Virtual Reality, the Opioid Crisis, and Pain Watch on YouTube Howard Rose, Firsthand CEO On a recent trip to Portland I got to spend time with Dr. Robert Lazzara, producer of the Medical News Minute series. Dr. Lazzara is a cardiologist, with a drive to innovate better care and transform medicine with technology. Our discussion […]

Pain Relief and Wellness Through VR

Pain Relief and Wellness Through VR Watch on YouTube Howard Rose, Firsthand CEO at SIGGRAPH 2017 with partners, Intel and HP: Learn how Firsthand Technology is using VR to help reduce pain, relieve stress, and build resilience for hospital patients.  

Can VR Help People Manage Pain?

TIME Magazine: Health Section – 9.5.2016   by Howard Rose, Firsthand CEO It’s not everyday that a TIME reporter calls for an interview, but it’s very nice when they do. I had that pleasure, speaking with TIME health writer, Alexandra Sifferlin, who served up very insightful, probing questions on the use of VR for pain. Her […]

Focus Forward: In Your Head

Can virtual reality control chronic pain? Dr. Diane Gromala and DeepStream VR are mixing virtual reality with biofeedback and mindful meditation to deliver a powerful cocktail alternative to opioids – called the human mind.

Wounded Soldier Uses VR To Ease Pain

Watch Lt. Sam Brown’s Inspirational Story After being severely injured in Afghanistan by an IED, Lt. Samuel Brown found himself in a Texas hospital facing a long, painful recovery.  But things started to change when Sam began using the virtual reality game, SnowWorld, developed by Dr. Hunter Hoffman and Firsthand’s founders. SnowWorld helped Sam escape the pain of […]

COOL! VR Goes to Kabale Hospital, Uganda

Torin Lucas, Firsthand Advisor (UK) May, 2017 Read: Howard’s Comments (LinkedIn) The invitation to collaborate with an African University really came out of the blue. Like most us in the West, Africa paints a picture for me. It conjures up a leafy jungle imagery interrupted by fantastic hopscotch steps over crocodile heads bobbing like foot […]

The Biggest and Boldest at Fortune Brainstorm Health

“Entrepreneur Arianna Huffington took a trip inside virtual reality and learned how the immersive tech can help ease physical pain. Howard Rose, CEO of DeepStream VR, had Huffington place her left hand into an ice bucket; the minute-long bath proved a painful experience. But when she dipped her hand again in the chilly water, this […]