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VR in Healthcare Reduces Patient Fears, Ups Care Experience

July 26, 2017 - In a hematology clinic at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Amy Dunn, MD, can administer an intravenous treatment to one of her pediatric patients with hemophilia, completely fear-free. This care experience is thanks to virtual reality (VR) in healthcare, which can make needle sticks in children less stressful and maybe even – dare we say it – fun. VR has not only helped enhance...


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