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Welcome to the Empowered Patient Podcast with Karen Jagoda.  This show is a window into the latest innovations in applying generative AI, novel therapeutics and vaccines, and the changing dynamics in the medical and healthcare environment. One focus is on how providers, pharmaceutical companies, and payers are empowering patients.  In addition, conversations are often about how providers, care facilities, pharmaceutical companies, and payers are being empowered by technology to improve patient outcomes and reduce friction across the healthcare landscape.

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Jan 18, 2023

Chris Brickler, CEO and Co-Founder of MyndVR, is looking at VR to disrupt senior living care to promote wellness and engagement. MyndVR has designed lightweight immersive glasses to create a virtual reality experience for seniors, reimagining the traditional VR gaming experience. The MyndVR care tablet drives the glasses and connects to the MyndVR network allowing the senior and caregiver to access one of the largest private catalogs of senior-friendly immersive experiences. In addition to entertainment, the experience has been shown to significantly help achieve a patient's physical, occupational, and speech therapy goals.

Chris elaborates, "We've essentially reimagined virtual reality away from all of the hype around the gaming movement, and really leveraging the tools of virtual reality and gamifying different types of therapies as well. So we're going to be disrupting the way therapy is done with seniors, and that's very exciting."

"One example is that he was perfectly healthy from a cognitive point of view. She was suffering late-stage Alzheimer's. She didn't remember what his name was or what she had for breakfast that day."

"She was attentive enough to have a conversation with me. I asked them, "Where would you like to travel?" He said Paris was where they had their honeymoon and subsequent family vacations. I asked her, "Would you like to go to Paris with this VR headset?" And you hand it to her, and it is very comfortable and calming, and she feels it and then puts it on."

"I took her right to the Eiffel Tower, and literally within 15 seconds, she was completely present. She was talking about her family vacations, and she was talking about the people in her family. She was talking about her husband, her husband's name."

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