How to prepare for life after transplant : Virtual Transplant Reality is born

Virtual Reality to help healing of transplanted children

Breaking news : Virtual Transplant Reality, winner of the 2018 Digital Prize for Artificial Intelligence awarded by online newspaper El Español.

On September 27th 2018 we presented the project Virtual Transplant Reality (VTR) at a press conference at the University Hospital of La Paz, Madrid.

VTR consists of a first-of-its-kind pioneering technological platform, where Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality become valuable therapeutic tools.

The platform will incorporate experiences in Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality and automate their management through the use of artificial intelligence.

The process of transplantation in a paediatric patient (infants, children and under 18s) has a considerable emotional, social, economic and work impact on both the patient and their family. Through the use of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, VTR aims to alleviate these effects, as well as improve the quality of life and the well-being of both the patient and their environment, before the operation as well as during convalescence and the subsequent treatment.

Each experience will employ gamification, narrative and interactive techniques, as well as immersive worlds, adapted to each issue.

Jump into Reality ® is the technological partner in this pioneering initiative together with a consortium of entities of recognized prestige in their respective sectors such as:

  • University Hospital La Paz (IdiPAZ) Research Institute
  • Spanish Association that helps children with hepatic illness and hepatic transplants (HePA)
  • University centre for Technology and Digital Art (U-tad)

  • Psychologist Erika Guijarro, expert in patient treatment with Virtual Reality

The first tests will be available in the hospital that performs the highest number of paediatric transplants in Spain, University Hospital of La Paz, during the course of 2019.

«Children are subjected to many procedures that separate them from their usual environment and always cause them anguish, pain and suffering. Initiatives like this are very welcome because they fill a very large gap which is the care of these patients that must be holistic», Dr. Manuel López Santamaría, Head of the Paediatric Surgery Unit at University Hospital La Paz, Madrid.