Can VR Help People Manage Pain?

Virtual Reality, the Opioid Crisis, and Pain

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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 went quickly to the divide between the doctor’s experience of providing care and the patient’s experience of their own journey through the health system. Our discussion turned into an extended on-camera interview in three parts. Part 1 deals with the opioid crisis and how VR provides a powerful new tool to engage patients more in their own recovery.