Oncomfort is a Belgian DTx (digital therapy) that combines virtual reality and hypnosis to allow the distraction or digital sedation of patients during medical or surgical procedures. The Sedakit™ solution includes a smartphone, virtual reality goggles and a headset. A series of clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Oncomfort in various fields such as oncology or gastroenterology for example. The company continues to extend its product portfolio by offering new environments and modules. Oncomfort aims to expand at the European level and then internationally in the near future (starting in 2021).
Hypnosis is considered as a very interesting alternative to drug sedation. It prevents the potential side effects of pharmacological sedation and therefore reduces the risks associated with general anesthesia. Few patients can benefit from hypnosis during surgery or medical intervention due to the limited number of specialists in the field. This prevents the widespread deployment of this technique in the health care system.
Oncomfort offers a solution that democratizes hypnosis as an alternative to pharmacological sedation. The availability of the application in several languages further enhances the potential scope and adoption attractiveness of the system.Read more...
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Dr. Bosteels is an anesthesiologist at the Saint-Jean Clinic, a medium-sized Belgian hospital with 558 beds spread over three sites. He first considered the solution as a way to reduce his patients' anxiety before surgery but later became aware of a broader potential for the tool.
The literature in the field of anesthesia addresses the issue of hypnosis, the benefits of which are recognized. On its website, the Saint-Jean clinic indicates that surveys have shown that 60 to 80% of patients experience a great deal of stress and anxiety before or during medical treatment. Besides, the higher the anxiety, the greater the pain felt.
Virtual reality and hypnosis are known and used practices, but they are still not very widespread. However, patients could benefit more widely from hypnosis techniques.Read more...