Electronics company Samsung have partnered with The Hospital for Sick Children to create a space within the hospital containing Samsung electronics such as Gear VR headsets to allow patients and their families to relax away from the clinical environment.
The Hospital for Sick Children, also known by the abbreviation SickKids, is one of the largest research hospitals dedicated to children’s health in Canada. The staff at the hospital hope that the new Samsung Space facility will help children and families who are undergoing the often difficult and painful process of treatment.
“We are grateful to Samsung Canada for their generous gift which allowed us to transform the space physically as well as hire staff dedicated to developing programming and managing the Space,” says Karima Karmali, Director, Centre for Innovation & Excellence in Child and Family-Centred Care, SickKids. “We believe in the value of play in our commitment to children’s health and development, and know this inviting, innovative space will help our patients in their healing.”
The technology available in the Samsung Space includes several Gear VR headsets that allow patients to immerse themselves in environments such as the moon or Mars. There is also a huge 75” television, so families can watch videos and play games together, and a Synced Interactive Table, a augmented reality (AR) device that can bring a child’s favourite mobile phone app to life.
“We continue to be inspired by the courageous young patients at SickKids. As part of our continued, meaningful partnership with SickKids, we hope this new Samsung Space can make a difference by providing fun experiences that allow children to be children and help bring them closer to the people, places and moments they miss most,” said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada.
The Samsung Space is located on the 9th Floor of the hospital, and will be open six days a week to patients and their families.
Use of VR and AR technology is becoming increasingly popular in the healthcare industry, as VRFocus has seen with VR being introduced at Stanford Children’s Hospital and VR being used to help patients undergoing chemotherapy.
VRFocus will keep you informed on further developments regarding VR in healthcare.