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Christiana Care’s VR Therapy wins 2018 Magnet Award

11/24/2018

(Technically Delaware) – During one of many insightful DIW18 Dev Talks, we heard about Christiana Care’s Virtual Reality Distraction Therapy for chemotherapy patients – a mental health procedure that takes patients away from the chemo suite and immerses them in a more soothing environment.

John DiGiovanni, Innovation Architect at Christiana Care, said that the experimental VR therapy, aimed at helping users cope with the stress of undergoing treatment, was so helpful for some cancer patients that they looked forward to chemo days.

The innovative therapy has not gone unnoticed by the greater medical community. On Nov. 14, Christiana Care Health System announced that it won the prestigious 2018 Magnet Prize from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) for using virtual reality technology to improve patients’ experience during chemotherapy at Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center & Research Institute.

“Our objective was to offer our patients a positive, relaxing distraction, an escape from the confinement of the infusion suite and the boredom, anxiety or discomfort they may associate with their chemotherapy,” said Cancer Program Clinical Director Cindy Waddington, in a statement. “Nurses worked together as a team with all of our partners to bring this technology to patients.”

Learn more about virtual reality in the chemotherapy suites in this video:

Read the full story at technical.ly


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