Like in most hospitals, physicians at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital, a nationally recognized community hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, are always looking for non-pharmacological ways to reduce the anxiety and pain their patients are facing. When strategy and growth officer, Thomas Pianta, read about the use of virtual reality in healthcare for anxiety and pain management, he decided to make this solution available in the newly overhauled emergency department — one of the most challenging areas of any hospital for innovation.
"Over the past few decades, hundreds of studies have shown how VR provides positive clinical outcomes."
— Josh Sackman, CEO, AppliedVR
Inova Mount Vernon Hospital has only had the AppliedVR solution in place for a short period of time, but is already seeing its potential. Key benefits the hospital has seen as a result of implementing the AppliedVR kits include improved health outcomes, an enhanced patient experience, reduced costs and a stronger competitive differentiation in the marketplace.
“It’s almost as simple as putting the goggles over the patients and letting them do it. It’s easy to use, so it hasn’t really been a challenge.”
— Dr. Everett Embrey, chairman of the emergency department, Inova Mount Vernon Hospital