BOSTON & NEW YORK – Klick Health’s HealthVoyager tool is helping pediatric patients at Boston Children’s Hospital understand their gastrointestinal conditions through an immersive, 3D environment.
“We hypothesize that the more children and their families can visualize and understand their disease, the more likely they may be to communicate when they have a particular symptom and adhere to their therapies,” said Dr. Michael Docktor, a pediatric gastroenterologist who co-developed the HealthVoyager tool and clinical director of innovation at Boston Children’s Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator.
Boston Children’s Hospital and Klick Health are studying the HealthVoyagermedical education and patient experience platform on pediatric gastrointestinal patients to validate its effect on patient and family understanding, engagement and satisfaction.
The technology allows a physician to recreate a patient’s actual endoscopic procedure and enables children to virtually tour their own bodies through a smartphone app and clip-on VR glasses.
“Patients don’t necessarily understand what the doctor tells them about their condition,” said Yan Fossat, vice president of Klick Labs at Klick Health and project lead. “VR is a more dense medium and can pack a lot of information in a small amount of time.”
With HealthVoyager, a physician inputs the clinical findings of a patient’s procedure onto a web interface that customizes the upper and lower GI tract and creates a 3D anatomical virtual reality experience. It automatically generates a report with a unique patient quick response (QR) code for the patient and family, who use their smartphone to access their personalized HealthVoyage. Using the VR clip-on glasses, the patient can tour the inside of their GI digestive tract to see an accurate representation of what their doctor saw during their procedure.
The study is currently working with about 40 patients. Fossat said the plan moving forward is to continue the research for another two to three months, analyze the data results and plot the next steps.
“We hope to expand use of the platform to other areas in clinics or in the home—places where there is an obvious gap in comprehension on the patient end,” he said.