NEXT GEN TECH
WITH REAL LIFE IMPACT
VR IS CHANGING EVERYTHING
OUR VIRTUAL REALITY PROGRAM IS BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS.
GameChanger provides a cutting-edge experience in Virtual-Reality (VR) and Augmented-Reality (AR) for children in hospitals around the world in order to enhance their general quality of life.WATCH VIDEO
WHY VIRTUAL REALITY?
WE USE VR TO BREAK DOWN BARRIERS
At GameChanger we believe that VR and AR technologies can play a powerful role in the healing process by providing access to a world beyond the hospital room. Patients are able to create and explore new frontiers, regardless of their physical condition. Our goal is to advocate and encourage adoption of these tools within the hospital environment.
HOW WE WORK
WE WORK HAND IN HAND WITH CHILD LIFE
Adhering to HIPPA compliance requirements, the GameChanger team is provided with a list of rooms to visit as recommended by the resident Child Life professional on that floor. We’re no strangers to delivering some cheer upon a parent or nurse request, but patient comfort and preference is priority #1.
WE BUILD PATIENT RAPPORT
Taking just a few minutes to get to know the patient can work wonders on morale by itself. This is also a great opportunity to know how to provide the best Virtual Reality experience possible for each individual.
WE FOLLOW CONTACT PRECAUTIONS
Contact precautions are any steps visitors need to take in order to protect the patient from outside contamination or vice-versa. Each hospital has their own training process for new volunteers, but it’s important to know what kind of signs to look for in case the patient has any contact precautions you should be aware of.
WE ALWAYS ASK PATIENT PERMISSION
We always give a few knocks before cracking open the door to a patient’s room. This step grants the patient the opportunity to either accept or decline the VR visit. It’s difficult to know how the patient is feeling beforehand, so we don’t want to assume each one will be up for it.
If the patient declines, we encourage them to notify their nurse if they’d like us to come back later or visit on a different day.
WE EXPLAIN WHAT A VR VISIT ENTAILS
When visiting a new patient we haven’t met before, we like to advise that — pending their comfort and availability — a VR visit can last anywhere between thirty minutes to an hour long.
WE HAVE A LIGHT FOOTPRINT
We adopted the policy of stepping out of the room whenever a doctor or nurse comes in to speak with a patient. Sometimes the staff has asked us to stay and continue working with the patient if they are wary of needles or another procedure taking place. In any case, it’s important to let the patient know to expect a short break if their attention is needed.
OUR RECOMMENDED VR PLATFORMS
Having access to the right tools for a variety of patient needs allows us to be nimble and flexible in the hospital environment. The platforms we use and recommend are: Playstation 4 VR, the Oculus Rift, and HTC Vive. DONATE GEARDONATE GEAR