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XRHealth and Allscripts Partner to Bring VR Solutions to EHRs


The partnership could extend access to VR and AR technologies.


A new partnership between XRHealth and Allscripts will extend virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) solutions to electronic health records (EHRs), the companies announced today.

“The bottom line is that any Allscripts customer can now very easily have VR/AR application integration directly into their EHR,” Eran Orr, MBA, CEO of XRHealth, told Inside Digital Health™.

XRHealth, formerly known as VRHealth, offers solutions to hospitals, healthcare facilities and patients which help alleviate pain, improve motor function, assess cognitive function and encourage overall wellness.

“We believe that because the EHR is such an integral part of the physician’s day-to-day activity, if we want to really implement VR/AR as a medical device, it must be plugged into their workflow,” Orr said.

Allscripts, a healthcare information technology company, has an app store and through its Developer Program, outsources different digital and medical applications and devices to work with, he said. Through the partnership, if an Allscripts customer wants to use VR, they would reach out to XRHealth through the program and get access to the platform.

The technology can even be used remotely, he said, so providers can remotely monitor patients. The data from the platform are collected and sent right to the EHR.

The VR and AR market in healthcare looks poised to continue growing, as early use cases have found the technology to reduce pain and even help identify Alzheimer’s disease.

Three reasons health systems should consider implementing such technologies: Fully immersive psychological aspects, the tech is a closed-loop system in a computer-generated environment and location is meaningless, Orr said.

The partnership could make it less difficult for health systems to benefit and use such equipment, he added.

“We’re looking forward to bringing their innovative VR and AR applications to market for our clients through the Allscripts Developer Program,” said Tina Joros, J.D., vice president and general manager at Allscripts.

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