Since 1995, Intuitive has advanced minimally invasive care through advanced robotic systems, end-to-end learning, and value-added services. As one of the pioneers of robotic-assisted surgery, our da Vinci surgical system is used today by surgeons to deliver a less invasive approach to many types of surgery. Through more than 10 million surgeries, Intuitive has become a leader in surgical robotics, increasing the adoption of minimally invasive surgery. XR has been a core technology for Intuitive from the beginning and is continuously innovating to further enhance minimally invasive care. Surgical robotics means more than technology in an OR. Education and training for surgeons and staff are critical for delivering quality surgical care.
This talk will discuss Intuitive augmented reality and virtual reality products that helped customers in 69 countries provide minimally invasive care, improve patient outcomes by extending and improving surgical skills, enhance skill development, and an intuitive experience through a human-centered approach.
Virtual Reality has been called an “Empathy Machine” by Chris Milk.
From working with Palliative patients, we have observed that it is so much more – it is a device for delivering Awe. When one is facing a terminal illness, VR can be an intervention, breaking the cycle of depression, fear, hopelessness, and even a crisis of faith.
“Awe is a category of emotion within the spectrum of self-transcendent experiences” **
Whether a patient is immersed underwater within a pod of dolphins or transported within a shower of light, it can cause patients to focus on something entirely different than their diagnosis. And by experiencing Awe, profound transformation can occur.
Awe is defined by Dacher Keitner, psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley as “the feeling of being in the presence of something vast that transcends your understanding of the world”. For someone confined to their bed, VR therapy can deliver an experience that reduces anxiety, relieves pain, and enhances quality of life by evoking awe and wonder. VR can even transform a patient’s relationship to their mortality.
This talk will focus on the power of VR to create transformative experiences for cancer patients in the Steward Center for Palliative Care, Joseph Candler Hospital of Savannah Georgia through case studies, observations, our current I.R.B. research, success stories, and the opportunities of content creation and implementation for this population.
In this session, leaders from Floreo, a VR system for teaching skills to neurodiverse children, and Cortica, the leading provider of whole-child value-based autism care, will describe their strategy and partnership as Floreo seeks FDA approval as a medical device. In 2023 after concluding a pilot study together, Floreo gained FDA Breakthrough Device Designation on the basis of the outcomes data generated. In this session, the trial design and regulatory strategy of both the pilot study and upcoming pivotal trial will be detailed, including tips specific to XR applications based on FDA guidance.
For veterans, readjusting to life after service comes with challenges including finding/returning to a job, accessing mental and healthcare services, and reconnecting with their communities. A U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation found that 53% of veterans are unemployed for 4 months or longer after leaving the military, citing a lack of resources and skills needed for the workforce. Immersive technologies are already being employed in some cases, including with the Veteran Affairs Office, as a solution to several of these challenges. In fact, the VAO has been one of the leading industry adopters in virtual and augmented reality for a variety of use cases.
In this fireside chat, discover how AI-driven XR is helping veterans overcome some of the challenges of returning to civilian life. From upskilling to pain management and mental health services, XR is helping those who sacrifice so much to keep our country safe.