Eye-tracking Technology Now Available in Telehealth Platform
XRHealth, a virtual reality clinic that provides treatments in patients’ homes, has integrated Tobii‘s eye-tracking technology into its platform, which will let clinicians treat patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions.
“We are excited to partner with Tobii — the leader in eye tracking — which will significantly improve patient treatment with accurate neurological measurements to provide markers for success,” Eran Orr, founder and CEO of at XRHealth, said in a press release.
MS and other neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, are characterized by progressive damage to nerve cells. This damage also affects the neuronal circuits in the eye, leading to eye movement abnormalities and eye problems.
Detecting subtle changes in eye movement can help diagnose these diseases at an early stage, as well as assess disease progression and response to treatment. Tobii‘s eye-tracking technology is able to detect those changes in real time, providing data and insights to clinicians during therapy sessions.
This immediate feedback can be used to tailor treatment and assess its outcomes promptly. Eye tracking can also be used therapeutically to treat symptoms of autism, such as poor attention span and eye contact.
“At Tobii, our mission is to create a better future for everyone through innovative technology,” said Johan Hellqvist, vice president of extended reality at Tobii.
The eye-tracking technology will be incorporated in Pico Neo 3 Pro Eye, a portable virtual reality headset that provides an immersive experience to users.
“XRHealth’s eye-tracking integration to their [virtual reality] platform proves once again that our technology positively impacts people’s health and lives. As a company, we are committed to catalyzing the commercialization of healthcare innovations and working with partners to address challenges,” Hellqvist said.
XRHealth was the first company to create virtual reality clinics to provide remote healthcare to people living in the United States. Its platform uses technology that supports long-distance healthcare, such as talking to a doctor via video rather than physically going to a hospital.
This kind of technology is particularly useful for patients with limited mobility or during pandemic situations, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, as it allows people to receive care while in their homes. The resource is covered by most health insurers, as well as Medicare.
“We are equipping our patients with the latest virtual reality technology so that they have access to the best healthcare experience available today,” Orr said.