Innovations: IKONA Health VR and Online Platform
Forget video gaming; Virtual Reality has an entirely new function: allowing patients to experience medical procedures they have yet to undergo. I learned more about this prospect when I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Lyfebulb Patient Entrepreneur and IKONA Health Co-founder and CEO, Tim Fitzpatrick.
Simply put, a patient can experience a full surgical procedure by donning a headset that walks them through all the steps in the process, even being accompanied by a nurse and an experienced patient who can talk the patient through the nitty-gritty details. Unlike with a text or video-based approach, the patient learns through an immersive experience, resulting in greater patient confidence and less anxiety.
To date, IKONA focuses on the kidney disease community, but their setup and features are readily adaptable to the needs of the IBD community. Fitzpatrick assures me that someday soon, IKONA Health’s VR options and follow-up online platform will also be available to us.
How willing would YOU be to use this type of VR technology?