VISIT YOUR DOCTOR THROUGH VR
XR Health is set to introduce new technology that will be the first virtual reality telehealth clinic in the U.S. This technology will go “into the patient’s home by combining therapeutic software, telehealth support and a VR headset to deliver remote rehabilitation services” for conditions like anxiety, stress, chronic pain and strokes—as well as spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries. Qualified patients will receive a VR headset via mail, and initial sessions will be conducted by clinical staff who can control and adjust what patients see. Patients will eventually be able to run their own therapy sessions, with clinicians regularly monitoring and adjusting the sessions.
GET ACCESS TO WELL-BEING RESOURCES ON SNAPCHAT
SnapChat is the latest technology company to enter into the health and wellness space with the recent launch of Here for You, a “wellbeing search tool which streamlines access to a wealth of resources on issues such as depression, suicide and anxiety.” The effort is a first step to addressing findings from a 2017 Royal Society for Public Health study that found social media platforms such as SnapChat have a negative mental health impact on 14–25-year-olds, especially when it comes to sleep loss and “fear of missing out.”
HEAR ADVICE FROM YOUR OBGYN ON TIKTOK
Board-certified OBGYN Dr. Danielle Jones “is considered a pioneer in the current trend of doctors” who are using social media to distribute health and medical information. Dr. Jones uses TikTok, which allows 15-second videos, to share women’s medical info with her followers. TikTok skews to a younger demographic, so Dr. Jones’s content tends to lean toward sexual health help. One of her videos received over 480,000 likes and around 4,000 comments. Dr. Jones explained, “I don’t think social media replaces talking to your physician, but at the same time it’s disillusioned to think that people aren’t going to go online for health information”; she added that medical professionals should be there as credible resources.