Virtual reality therapy is coming. One academic’s predictions of how this will transform health care – Skip Rizzo in the Washington Post

Published: March 10, 2016
Category: News

Washington Post article on the expected demand for virtual reality health care applications featured Skip Rizzo.
“What clinical VR provides is the opportunity to put a patient into a world that is different from where they’re sitting — one that is designed to have some therapeutic ingredient built into it,” said Albert “Skip” Rizzo, director for medical virtual reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies.
The story noted that Rizzo has worked on VR applications for post-traumatic stress disorder, autism, physical rehabilitation, emotional coping and even job interview training.
Rizzo said perhaps the most important advantage of VR therapy is that it lowers the barrier of access to mental health care for patients.