New Product Release from Amelia Virtual Care Designed To Help Enhance Patient Outcomes
Founded in 2013, Amelia Virtual Care – formerly known as Psious VR – is comprehensive virtual reality (VR) software for mental health professionals to use in therapy sessions. With more than 100 virtual environments, Amelia VR software acts as a helpful tool to immerse patients in real-life situations; design therapy independently for support in mental health conditions.
The COVID-19 pandemic ushered in many changes in healthcare. Patients now seek flexibility from their healthcare providers, such as the choice between remote telehealth and in-person visits. Similarly, there are expectations of care between sessions. Fortunately, Amelia boasts the only VR solution in the market for both in-person and remote therapy sessions.
The Latest Feature from Amelia Drives Continuity of Care and Patient Empowerment
At Amelia Virtual Care, we deeply consider our customers’ needs and feedback to create the optimal tool, in which mental health professionals can trust for their everyday sessions with patients.
For that reason, Amelia has released its newest feature to help healthcare professionals improve continuity of care and empower individuals to benefit even more from their therapeutic experience. Patients can now undergo automatic mindfulness and relaxation sessions between their appointment sessions, so their care remains ongoing.
Looking at the wider use of this feature, healthcare professionals could scale their clinics to increase efficiency and reduce the amount of preparation time. The feature can help build therapy groups or create a corner in the clinic where patients can become immersed individually after a therapy session.
Virtual Reality Therapy Evidence in Mental Health
Originally used by military and aviators for their training three decades ago, scientific researchers started recognizing how much potential virtual reality holds when applied to mental health therapy. At that time, VR technology was in an early development stage; virtual environments were far from appearing lifelike. Now, however, thousands of clinicians from around the world are implementing VR as a complementary tool to traditional therapy sessions.
VR environments in mental health were initially designed to help in the treatment of specific phobias. However, its use has also extended to support the treatment of anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), addictions, eating disorders, psychosis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (Krijn et al. 2004).
Many studies have shown how Virtual Reality Exposure Therapy (VRET) is as effective as in vivo exposure with phobias. Indeed, it can be significantly more practical than in vivo exposure (Bouchard et al. 2017). It simplifies how traditional techniques can be applied, such as gradual exposure, systematic desensitization and cognitive restructuring; logistics costs reduced; and confidentiality and control improved (Gutiérrez J. 2002.).
Today, more than 2000 global healthcare professionals take advantage of Amelia VR software to practice gradual exposure, systematic desensitization, cognitive restructuring, and mindfulness and relaxation exercises.
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