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Virtual Reality Game Developed by Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University Finalist for SXSW Interactive Innovation Award

(From the February 2017 issue of Research Now)

A first-of-its-kind virtual reality experience from the hemophila team and design experts at Nationwide Children's Hospital and The Ohio State University, Voxel Bay, is one of only five finalists for the 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards in Health, Med & Biotech.

The advisory board of SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards jurists selected only 65 finalists and named the top five entries launched in 2016 in each of the 13 categories for 2017. The SXSW Interactive Innovation Award in Health, Med & Biotech is bestowed for the new technology that best improves the quality, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care in health and medicine. 

Voxel Bay distracts patients with an immersive environment of penguins, pirates and hermit crabs during infusions and other procedures, and a pilot study is currently testing the feasibility of integrating the virtual reality technology into the clinic setting. The team is also collecting preliminary data on usability and likability from parents, patients and nurses.

Amy Dunn, MD, director of Hematology, Oncology and BMT at Nationwide Children's, asked the Research and Development team in Research Information Solutions and Innovation (RISI) at Nationwide Children's to help her hemophilia team in finding a way to ease the pain and anxiety of her patients who need regular medication infusions. Jeremy Patterson, lead of User Experience Technology Research and Development and head designer for the project at Nationwide Children's, rose to this challenge and his team created a virtual reality environment that is customized specifically for patients with hemophila.

>> Read more in the Pediatrics Nationwide feature on Voxel Bay, the pilot study and its implications for medicine

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