HealthVoyager Boston Childrens

HealthVoyager Takes Patients on a VR Tour of their Bodies

On February 27, 2018, former first lady Michelle Obama took the stage at Klick Health’s MUSE New York. She spoke about the importance of the doctor-patient relationship and making healthcare more approachable and understandable. Here, amid all the fanfare, panels and live entertainment, MUSE attendees got their first look at Klick’s latest innovation, HealthVoyager GI, a new kind of patient education platform developed in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital.

HealthVoyager brings a patient’s test results to life, taking them on a 3D virtual tour of their GI tract, and showing them exactly what their doctor found during the procedure. The platform, now the subject of a clinical study at Boston Children’s, helps patients and their families go beyond the complicated text and medical jargon in a typical medical report, and truly understand what’s going on in the patient’s body.

“Putting myself in a nine-year-old’s shoes, I can see HealthVoyager being a more fun and valuable way to learn about and share complicated information like endoscopic findings,” said Michael Docktor, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist who co-developed the tool and Clinical Director of Innovation at Boston Children’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator. “We hypothesize that the more children and their families can visualize and understand their disease, the more likely they may be to communicate when they have a particular symptom and adhere to their therapies.”

Create. Scan. Learn.

The video above shows how a patient might experience HealthVoyager at Boston’s Children Hospital. Here’s how it works:

  • After a colonoscopy or other type of GI procedure is done, Doctors recreate the findings by dragging and dropping polyps, ulcers and/or bleeding to their correct position on a rendering of the patient’s anatomy. Doctors can even add areas of inflammation the way a paintbrush would.
  • When the doctor is finished, a QR code is generated for the patient.
  • Using the HealthVoyager app, the patient scans the code and is taken to a 3D rendering of their gastrointestinal system on a cartoon-like avatar of their body.
  • Once the rendering is created, they can explore it through virtual reality (VR), using a Google Cardboard viewer.

Best of all, this personal tour is added to the patient’s medical record and is stored according to HIPAA guidelines – which is important for the patient and hospital.

Immersive Health Is Here to Stay

There’s the old adage that knowledge is power. It has the potential to remove fear and uncertainty from a patient’s mind, and replace it with a new-found curiosity. By making a patient’s test results more customized and interactive, Boston Children’s is empowering patients and their caregivers to become better health advocates for themselves and their loved ones, both now, and in the future.

Countless Clinical Applications

Virtual reality is slowly becoming a bigger player in healthcare. But the industry is still scratching the surface of what’s possible. “Hospitals have started using VR in healthcare, most notably, to distract hospital patients as part of pain management,” said Yan Fossat, VP of Klick Labs at Klick Health. “Customizable patient education experiences like HealthVoyager have the potential to directly impact the course of a patient’s illness in a major way.”

Boston Children’s may be using HealthVoyager for pediatric GI patients today, but the technology can be expanded and customized in countless applications.

Visit Voyager.Health for more information, or see it live at this year’s Virtual Medicine Conference at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles from March 28-29.

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