The use of AR/VR technology in healthcare is on the rise, including applications in medical training, pain management, and memory care.
This event is the second installment of a cycle of conferences around the theme of innovation in healthcare and will take place on May 19. Speakers Yan Fossat of Klick Labs and Brandon Birckhead of the Immersive Psychiatry podcast will cover the role of AR and VR in healthcare today and examine the future uses of immersive technologies in the health sector.
This event is jointly presented by Haute École de Santé Vaud (HESAV) and Swissnex in Boston and New York.
11:00 am – Event Start and Introduction
11:05 am – Yan Fossat presentation
11:20 am – Brandon Birckhead presentation
11:35 am – Q&A discussion
12:00 pm – Closing remarks
Yan FossatVice President, Principal Investigator at Klick Labs
Yan Fossat's expertise lies around using evidence-based methodologies with the goal of improving patient outcomes or commercial objectives, and in combining disparate analytical and technological modalities in entirely novel ways. At Klick, Yan developed the first tele-empathy device to capture and transmit Parkinson’s patient tremors to a caregiver, which was validated by a research study and published in a scientific journal. Yan is currently running multiple studies on communication and comprehension between humans and robots or chatbots in the medical context. He has published in Nature Digital Medicine, Future Healthcare Journal, CEUR-WS.org, Cogent Psychology, and the International Journal of Social Robotics. Before joining Klick, Yan co-founded a digital health agency where he spent 17 years honing his focus on digital medicine technologies. After completing early studies in math, physics, and medical imaging, Yan worked in pharmacology and biochemistry research at the Université Côte d'Azur, in Nice, France.
Brandon BirckheadVR project scientist and podcast host
Brandon Birckhead is a physician who has been working on virtual reality clinical studies since 2016. He also is the host of the Immersive Psychiatry Podcast. The first series focused on the intersection of immersive technology and mental health. Birckhead began his work with therapeutic virtual reality by helping providers in head-restricted clinical settings, such as dentistry, use the technology for pain and anxiety relief back in 2016. He then designed a randomized study that was conducted at Mayo Clinic to examine the effect of low-cost VR (google cardboard) on pain using the cold pressor test. In regards to VR education, he has collaborated with radiation oncologists at Moffitt Cancer Center to assess its use in medical education. While at the Medical College of Wisconsin he designed a VR breast cancer education program to help patients understand radiation treatment and why it is of use for their cancer. He then designed a pilot study which has garnered 40K of funding from the NCI. He spent 3 years as a project scientist at Cedars-Sinai in Dr. Brennan Spiegel lab where he worked and helped design large randomized clinical trials exploring the use of at-home self-administered VR therapy for chronic pain. He was also the Co-Director of the Virtual Medicine conference during that time. The virtual medicine conference was the largest VR medical conference in 2019 with over 400 in attendance. He also worked with Dr. Brennan Spiegel and a cohort of international therapeutic VR experts, to create guidelines for future clinical trials within the field. This committee of researchers is called the VR-CORE (Virtual Reality – Clinical Outcomes Research Experts). He is the first author of the paper summarizing the recommendation from the group. Birckhead received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School and is going to be a psychiatry resident at Johns Hopkins Hospital from 2021-2024.