January 31, 2022By Lance Baily

25% Off VR Healthcare Symposium Next Month from International Virtual Reality in Healthcare Association (IVRHA)

Virtual Reality (VR) has been a game-changer across healthcare simulation learning and education. This has helped lead to the founding of the International Virtual Reality Healthcare Association (IVRHA), a member-driven organization of entities throughout the healthcare ecosystem, including technology companies, teaching hospitals, and universities. Headquartered in Washington D.C., the organization also includes healthcare providers and insurance companies. IVRHA’s mission is to facilitate and support the growth of the virtual reality and healthcare simulation industries as this new computing platform impact healthcare practitioners and patients around the world. Learn more about the organization, its upcoming event and a special HealthySimulation .com registration discount code!

Decades of research show that virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies can address the most difficult problems in healthcare. Ranging from mood disorders such as anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, autism, cognitive aging, as well as neuro and physical rehabilitation.

VR/AR technology will continue to have an impact by enabling objective clinical assessments as well as providing for improved skill training and procedure planning. Personal health and wellness can also be improved by using immersive systems to promote better nutrition, engender healthier lifestyles and reduce personal stress and anxiety. Further, as the cost of healthcare rises, VR and AR can serve as an effective telemedicine platform to reduce the costs of care delivery and improve clinical efficiency in both urban and rural settings.


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Upcoming IVRHA Webinar

HealthySimulation.com will host an introductory, one-hour webinar titled “Presenting the International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association (IVRHA)” tomorrow Tuesday, February 1st, at 9 AM PST. Presented by Robert Fine, ABD, MS, this webinar provides an overview of IVRHA, including the company’s mission, members, research, resources, and more. Learning objectives of this webinar include:

  • Learn about the mission and vision of the IVRHA.
  • Consider how Virtual Reality innovations will improve healthcare education and training.
  • Review the latest research associated with virtual reality in medicine and healthcare.

6th Annual Virtual Reality and Healthcare Global Symposium

The 6th Annual Virtual Reality and Healthcare Global Symposium will take place on March 3 and March 4, 2022, in Nashville, Tennessee at Vanderbilt University. The event will be held in Vanderbilt University’s Student Life Center, located at 310 25th Ave. South, Nashville, TN 37240. The conference will follow local guidelines as stipulated by the City of Nashville, Tennessee, and Vanderbilt University as it relates to the management of COVID-19.


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Separating this healthcare simulation event from others, the global symposium places a strong focus on providing unique content and perspectives from across the healthcare spectrum. There is also a strong focus on providing new emerging voices from across the ecosystem: care, technology, research, policy. Register for this event today!

As part of the organization’s partnership with HealthySimulation.com, readers can receive 25% off 2-Day and 1-Day conference passes using the promo code “healthysim.”

Founding Member Organizations

In 2018, IVRHA was founded with 40 member organizations, including FundamentalVR, which HealthySimulation.com also recently joined. Other founding members included eight Universities, five research institutions, and 27 technology companies, such as Health Scholars, Polhemus, the Center for Brain Health, Paracosma, IKONA Health, the Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation, and more! The purpose of such partnerships was to play a critical role in coordinating the design, development, and promulgation of industry standards and best practices for the use of VR/AR technology as part of the next generation of digital medical systems.

“We know from decades of research that virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) technologies can address the most difficult problems in healthcare. Ranging from mood disorders such as anxiety and depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addiction, autism, cognitive aging, as well as neuro and physical rehabilitation,” said Dr. Walter Greenleaf of the Virtual Human Interaction Lab at Stanford University and the Association’s Founding Advisory Board Chair.

“We look forward to further collaborating with the immersive healthcare community to shape how XR healthcare solutions are effectively and ethically designed and delivered,” added Carrie Shaw, Founder, and CEO of Embodied Labs. “Our organization, Embodied Labs, is proud to be a founding member of the IVRHA.”



More About Bob Fine

Robert Fine is the executive director and founder of IVRHA (International Virtual Reality and Healthcare Association). In 2009, Robert started Cool Blue Media by organizing the first social media conference on the east coast of the United States, leading to the publication of the textbook, “The Big Book of Social Media Case Studies, Stories and Perspectives” and shortly thereafter the only printed magazine covering social media, The Social Media Monthly.

In May 2016, he launched VRVoice.co, a content vertical exploring virtual reality in the enterprise. In 2017, Robert started the largest annual conference on virtual reality and healthcare with events taking place both in the US and Europe.

Prior to 2009, Robert was the Senior Director of Global Strategy and Development of IT at Conservation International (CI). Robert joined CI in 2000 to take responsibility for connecting all of CI’s forty field offices to the Internet with broadband connectivity. During his 10 year tenure, he built an international staff of 25 IT professionals.

Robert has over ten years of additional work experience as a system and sales engineer with various companies including CMGI, Hughes Network Systems, ioWave, and Raytheon. Robert has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University, a master’s degree in environmental science and public policy from Johns Hopkins University, and is ABD at George Mason University. Disclosures: Bob is employed by the IVRHA.

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