XR Healthcare Advisory Group
Educating the public on the clinical uses of immersive technology and working relentlessly to support the XR healthcare sector.
Empowering the XR Healthcare Industry
The XR Healthcare Advisory Group consists of a number of experts working across the healthcare sector, from creating XR software for therapeutics and mental health to training clinicians, this group will provide solutions to difficult challenges within healthcare through a combination of reports, best practises and guidelines.
A core remit of this group is educating the public about the uses of virtual and augmented reality for healthcare. We will publicly distribute our reports and guidelines in order to provide insight into why immersive technology needs to be recognised as a revolutionary development within healthcare. With these initiatives, the group will shine a light on this emerging industry.
The wider remit of the group expands to finding ways to positively shape the future of the XR healthcare sector by first, evaluating the current state of the industry and second, proactively making an impact through reports and white papers. We will also look to guide the discussion on regulation on immersive technology and the knock-on effects this might have on healthcare.
Our Panel Members
Matthew Bramlet CEO, Enduvo – Chairman
Matthew Bramlet, MD is a pediatric cardiologist directing the congenital cardiac MRI program at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.
His success in congenital heart disease surgical planning through 3D printing led to the creation of the Advanced Imaging and Modeling (AIM) Lab within Jump Simulation which offers up free segmentation for programs seeking 3D modeling for pre-surgical planning of complex congenital heart disease.
The AIM lab invented a virtual reality authoring capability to meet the needs of teams needing to rapidly convey complex 3D problems. He founded Enduvo, Inc. to transition the tool from a research model to a scaled solution. His current research at the University of Illinois studies the efficiency and effectiveness of VR educational models as well as 3D segmentation of patient-specific pathologies.
Andreea Ion CojocaruCo-founder & CEO, NUMENA – Vice-Chair
Andreea Ion Cojocaru is an architect, programmer and co-founder at NUMENA GmbH, an award-winning German company that develops interactive virtual applications ranging from medical simulators to training and marketing. Andreea has practiced across the US and Europe and is fluent in a wide range of mediums covering coding, 3D modeling, computer vision, gaming and graphics. She has a deep interest in the social and philosophical implications of XR technologies and is a frequent guest speaker on the impact of virtual reality.
MaryKate Mahoney Global Head, Healthcare VR, HP
Driving innovation at the intersection of industry and technology, MaryKate Mahoney, Global Head of VR for Healthcare at HP Inc. works to enable cutting edge capabilities of virtual reality across the healthcare spectrum. Striving to deliver proven clinically effective solutions for both clinicians and patients, MaryKate drives the strategy, portfolio and Go-to-Market for virtual reality solutions.
This includes identifying key software developers and delivering new experiences that will improve the quality of care worldwide on the best compute platforms. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Kentucky and received her M.B.A. at Washington University in St. Louis.
Bob Dyce Co-Founder and Creative Director, Elara Systems
As the co-founder and creative director of Elara Systems, a strategic creative agency, Bob produces transformative scientific and medical experiences.
Bob works alongside 3-D artists, technical directors, VR/AR real-time experts, and motion graphic artists. Over the last 17 years, Bob has developed crucial relationships with technology vendors through beta testing and vetting emerging technology including 3-D software, enterprise VR platforms and content creation tools, HoloLens, Magic Leap, and Haptics.
As a pioneer of digital content creation, pushing the bounds of enterprise VR, AR and 3-D animation, Bob Dyce is at the forefront of emergent media. Blending artistry and technological advances, Bob’s team excels in developing strategic digital content for a wide range of companies, particularly those in the medical, pharmaceutical and industrial markets.
Chris Ingwalson VP Marketing & Communications, Health Scholars
Chris Ingwalson is the VP of Marketing & Communications for Health Scholars, a clinical education company developing advanced training solutions, including virtual reality simulations. Chris has developed campaigns and technology projects for some of the largest brands in the world including Cisco, DaVita, JCPenney, Lexus, Microsoft and Team USA. An advocate for user driven design, she has run qualitative research, prototype development, and discovery projects to help partners not only uncover how to leverage new technologies for business and marketing initiatives, but create usable and accessible products.
Her passion for utilizing technology to streamline business process, improve communications and better engage users is what led Chris to the healthcare space where she has spent the last five years helping healthcare companies develop AR/VR applications for marketing, education and training purposes. Chris is also a member of Colorado’s American Heart Association executive committee for the Go Red for Women campaign and Bring STEM to Life, an annual conference and mentoring program to encourage local high-school girls from underserved areas to explore STEM outside the classroom and be exposed to female leaders in STEM careers.
Aaron Gani Founder and CEO, BehaVR
Aaron Gani is the founder and CEO of BehaVR, LLC, creating digital therapeutics for behavioral health through the unmatched psychological power of Virtual Reality. Gani has been creating applications and experiences with technology throughout his career in healthcare and financial services, up to and including serving as Chief Technology Officer of Humana, a Fortune 50 managed care organization.
After a decade+ in healthcare leading technology development of population health, utilization management, disease management programs, pharmacy, primary care, urgent care, Health IT, and clinical analytics, and constantly working on ways to improve and empower consumer health with technology, data and analytics, Gani identified the crucial gap between knowledge, tools, and activation of healthy behavior, and believes Virtual Reality experiences can close that gap.
Gani is a founding member of the Strategic Advisory Board of the Digital Medicine (DiMe) Society, and a founding advisory board member of the International Virtual Reality Healthcare Association (IVRHA). Gani holds a Master’s in Predictive Analytics from Northwestern University, an MBA, General Management and Health Sector Management from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and a BS in Management/CIS from the University of Louisville.
Dr Alexander Young Founder and CEO, Virti
Dr Alexander Young is a trauma and orthopaedic surgeon by training and founder and CEO of a few health and education companies.
He grew his first two companies using self-taught coding skills and is passionate about creating new IPs that solve real world problems using technology.
Dr Young is the founder and CEO of Virti, an award-winning immersive, enterprise learning solution for healthcare and beyond. Virti allows for creation and cross-platform distribution of interactive, immersive (VR, AR and MR) educational content and provides analytics that intelligently predict how a user will perform under pressure before entering a real environment.
Eren Orr CEO, XR Health
Eran is the founder of the XRHealth and the CEO of XRHealth USA Inc. He is an Ex IAF Executive Officer and holds a BA in Business Management, Government, and Politics, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Eran Founded XRHealth after experiencing long rehabilitation processes and he believes that the XR technology (VR/AR/MR) will change healthcare as we know it.
XRHealth creates an XR Platform combining Medical applications with advanced data analytics, providing a comprehensive solution for clinicians and patients. The VRHealth Platform collects and analyzes patient interactions with virtual objects in virtual environments. AI cloud computing algorithms let us deliver an enhanced experience and real-time data analytics that can be used in clinics and in the home. With our technology, patients can analyze and quantify their own performance and track their own improvement over time.
Jason Freeman Chief Treatment Design Officer, Oxford VR
Jason is co-founder and Chief Treatment Design Officer (CTDO) of Oxford VR. For more than a decade he has worked with Daniel Freeman to make knowledge of the best psychological research and treatments for mental health problems available to the general public.
Jason is the co-author of nine books on psychological topics and his work has appeared in various national newspapers and magazines, including the Guardian, the Times, the Independent, and Psychologies. An experienced manager, editor, and communications professional, Jason holds degrees from the University of Cambridge and from Sussex University.
Arfa Rehman CEO & Co-Founder, Virtue Health
Arfa is the CEO and co-founder of Virtue Health, a digital health company developing therapeutics for healthy aging and longevity.
Virtue developed the first immersive tech-based digital therapeutic for Alzheimer’s Disease, which is part of the landmark study with NHS Walsall and was recognized with an Innovation of the Year nomination by Alzheimer’s Society. Arfa is the recipient of an EIT Health Innovation Award and was named one of the top female entrepreneurs in the UK by the Mayor of London and UKBAA. Prior to Virtue, Arfa was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford where she completed an MSc and MBA.
Daniel Cheetham CEO, Happy Finish
Amy Hedrick CEO, Cleanbox Technology
Amy Hedrick is CEO and Co-Founder of Cleanbox Technology, and a thought leader providing insights into high tech innovation for the next century. Having led multiple teams from project inception and execution through profitable completion, she has proven herself an effective leader over the past decade.
Most recently, Amy was Manager of Content and Digital Media for the think tank division of a leading global consumer goods sourcing and manufacturing company. Her expertise includes conducting bespoke research and C-level reports within technology, retail, and cross-genre applications.
During her time as a content developer and film producer, Amy successfully managed teams in the United States and internationally, overseeing budgeting, logistics, project management and process implementation
Amy spent her early career working with international aid organizations, managing multiple teams of 50-150 healthcare and emergency intervention professionals, and overseeing direct-aid projects.
Amy has worked in fundraising in profit and non-profit sectors.
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