VR: Promises and Challenges in 2021 (Rafael Grossman, Jennifer Esposito, Aaron Gani)

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VR: Promises and Challenges in 2021 (Rafael Grossman, Jennifer Esposito, Aaron Gani)

December 16, 2021

VR: Promises and Challenges in 2021 (Rafael Grossman, Jennifer Esposito, Aaron Gani)

A lot has been done in the VR for healthcare space today, especially in the US. The therapeutic potential is undeniable. Over 5000 studies have shown the efficacy of VR for pain management, PTSD, eating disorders, mental health, even helping manage pain during childbirth. In 2020 the FDA gave VR ​​a special designation for virtual reality as a breakthrough device for managing pain. In November 2021 the FDA a prescription-use immersive virtual reality (VR) system that uses cognitive behavioral therapy and other behavioral methods to help with pain reduction in patients 18 years. The regulators are on board with VR, progress is happening on the software and hardware side, so where is VR at the moment in terms of development, challenges and accessibility? 

In this episode, three experts answer these questions. 


  • Jennifer Esposito is currently Vice President and General Manager, Health Business Unit at Magic Leap, which is pioneering an augmented reality platform to amplify enterprise productivity.

  • Aaron Gani – CEO of BehaVR which cultivates community with the country’s leading researchers, advocates and clinical domain experts to co-develop solutions

  • Rafael Grossman – Surgeon, Educator, speaker and one of the leading voice in medical extended reality space.

US clinicians: Reflect on how this Podcast applies to your day-to-day and earn AMA PRA Category 1 CMEs here:

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