Samsung announces the development of VR mental health diagnosis tools

Samsung has announced that it will start developing VR mental health diagnosis programs that take advantage of virtual reality (VR). To achieve this, the company has partnered up with Gangnam Severance Hospital and FNI.

This is an important step towards the digital transformation of diagnosing mental illnesses. Samsung is planning to commercialise the new innovative technology in 2018 for use in schools, dementia centres, and hospitals. Later on, the technology will be expanded to homes.

To make this work, Samsung will combine its Gear VR headset, the hospital’s medical data, and FNI’s contents development technology. According to Samsung, the focus will be on psychological assessment and cognitive behaviour therapies for suicide prevention.

The companies will use the AI technology to help them with the psychological assessments.

Digital transformation is taking place in the healthcare industry all around the world. Last year, for example, Build VR rolled out their Solis VR unit intended for use in Australian care homes. Their Gear VR enables dementia patients to experience positive emotions through video scenarios designed to activate them.

Medibank, an Australian health insurer, has also launched its own VR experience called Google Daydream View intended for use in Australian hospitals. It was developed with the help of neuropsychologists at Melbourne-based Liminal.

The Joy experience, as they called it, was designed in 3D using Google’s Tilt Brush. The virtual experience is meant for long-stay patients with restricted mobility, as well as other patients, allowing them to relieve feelings of isolation and loneliness.