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Preventive and Consultative Heart Center of Excellence Quarterly Meeting
Sept. 27

Annual Meeting of the Medical Staff
Oct. 16

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Symposium: Getting Real About Virtual Reality

Registration has opened for a symposium and hands-on workshop March 28-29 at Cedars-Sinai that will focus on how to integrate virtual reality technology into patient care. Target audiences include clinicians, patients, hospital staff, industry leaders, researchers, investors and journalists.

The symposium, "Virtual Medicine: Best Practices in Medical Virtual Reality," was developed by the virtual reality clinical research team at Cedars-Sinai through the Division of Health Services Research. "This meeting will convene top experts to discuss the rapid advances in delivering low-cost, portable, high-quality virtual reality experiences to patients," said Brennan Spiegel, MD, director of Cedars-Sinai Health Services Research and the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education.

Virtual reality technology, which has been studied in various medical settings, offers immersive, multisensory environments that can improve patients' mental states by transporting them away from their immediate physical setting. It has been studied in various medical settings. In one such study, Spiegel, a professor of Medicine, and his team demonstrated that viewing scenic videos through virtual reality goggles helped decrease pain by 24 percent in hospitalized patients.

Symposium participants will:

  • Review evidence supporting the efficacy of medical virtual reality
  • Learn best practices and pragmatic tips for implementing virtual reality into clinical workflows
  • Discuss the cost-effectiveness of such programs
  • Hear from patients who have received virtual reality therapeutics
  • Study patient vignettes, in which virtual reality worked and didn't work, to learn how to improve outcomes

The keynote speeches will be presented by David Rhew, MD, MSHS, chief medical officer at Samsung Electronics America; and Daniel Kraft, MD, chair of Medicine and Neuroscience at the Singularity University think tank. Other symposium speakers will include Spiegel; Itai Danovitch, MD, MBA, chair of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry; Kim Bullock, MD, director of the Neurobehavioral and Virtual Reality clinics at Stanford University; and Jeffrey Gold, PhD, director of the Pediatric Pain Management Clinic at the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

Registration fees range from $99 to $499, depending on the category of participant and date of registration. Cedars-Sinai employees are eligible for discounted fees. For the lowest prices, register by Sept. 30.

To register or for more information, visit the Virtual Medicine website.