VR Technology Introducing New Technologies to help our patients Virtual and Augmented Reality techniques In Romania we have started to introduce virtual and augmented reality techniques. Initially this technology will help our child patients but in the longer term it will be extended to adults as well. VR has been shown to reduce levels of pain and have a stimulating or calming effect on patients – depending on need. VR and AR will be the main focus for our Tech House in Copaceni but we are also using this technology in our hospices. We have introduced virtual reality into the hospice in Bucharest and our children are already benefiting from this ground breaking project. Dr Brennan Spiegel -Dr. Brennan Spiegel, MD, is an Ambassador for the project, using his expertise to support the development of hospice care in Eastern Europe. He directs the Cedars-Sinai Centre for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), a multidisciplinary team that investigates how digital health technologies — including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality and social media — can strengthen the patient-doctor bond, improve outcomes and save money. He has been working with patients in hospital settings using virtual reality techniques. As can be seen from these links VR can reduce anxiety and pain levels in patients which, in turn, can reduce the need for opiate based treatments. We are very grateful for his support and for the support given to us by a team at Stamford University who will provide guidance on the project in the future.