The leading provider of immersive therapeutics specializing in virtual reality-based approach to medicine, AppliedVR, has won a contract for its FDA-authorized RelieVRx solution from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
RelieVRx, formerly EaseVRx, will assist veterans with chronic lower back pain (CLBP). AppliedVR won the contract through the VHA Innovation Ecosystem, a division of the VA responsible for discovering, evaluating, and disseminating mission-driven innovations that progress care delivery for Veterans.
More than 9 million veterans are cared for by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), making it the most extensive integrated healthcare system in the US. According to AppliedVR, persistent pain affects over 50% of veterans seeking care at VHA facilities nationwide. The VHA Innovation Ecosystem and AppliedVR have a shared goal of revolutionizing the treatment of chronic pain in US veterans by expanding access to non-pharmacological, non-invasive therapy options like virtual reality.
As a result of the collaboration, medical professionals at 18 VA facilities will be able to recommend the RelieVRx program to Veterans for use at home. RelieVRx is an immersive VR pain treatment that has received FDA approval and is recommended as a supplemental treatment for CLBP. Clinical studies have shown that the eight-week therapy helps persons with CLBP have less severe pain and less interference from their pain in their daily life.
“Working with the VHA Innovation Ecosystem represents one of the highest honors for our company because US Veterans are heroes, and they deserve the world’s best healthcare that includes the most advanced technology-driven solutions,” said Matthew Stoudt, CEO and co-founder of AppliedVR.
In the past, the two organizations worked together to provide VR-based solutions to comfort veterans in hospice (palliative care) and help them live better lives while dealing with general chronic pain, stress, and anxiety in various healthcare settings.
The amount received for the VHA Innovation Ecosystem contract was not made clear in AppliedVR’s release. However, the company was given a USD $500,000 contract at the end of September this year for medical and surgical instruments, equipment, and supplies.
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