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How Emerging Technologies are Improving the Pediatric Patient Experience

January 22, 2019 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
3373 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304 - Room: Breezeway

Free Admission ▪ Complimentary Beverages and Cookies

How Emerging Technologies are Improving the Pediatric Patient Experience with Luke Wilson, Maria Menéndez, MD, and Molly Pearson, CCLS. Together Luke, Maria, and Molly have been working for the Stanford CHARIOT Program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH) to help treat patients using emerging technologies like virtual reality, augmented reality and interactive projectors.

Over the past two years, the Stanford CHARIOT Program at LPCH has helped treat thousands of patients using emerging technologies. The tools they develop are used to reduce pain and anxiety in clinical settings, assist in physical therapy and pain rehab, offer new alternatives to anesthesia and opiates, and provide much needed moments of joy and comfort. In this talk, key members of the CHARIOT team will discuss the many ways in which their technologies are improving patient care throughout LPCH.

Luke Wilson

Luke Wilson founded Mighty Immersion with the intention of using immersive technologies to improve patient care. Partnering with the Stanford CHARIOT Program at LPCH, Luke has developed VR distraction games, mindfulness experiences, and physical therapy tools. He also works with the Starlight Children’s Foundation, using VR to bring moments of joy to hospitalized kids across the country. Luke studied computer science at Stanford University, and currently lives in New York City where he’s experiencing his first winter.

Maria Menéndez, MD

Maria is a passionate and enthusiastic MD driven to improve the quality of life of pediatric patients with disabling diseases. After relocating with her family from Spain, Maria began working with the CHARIOT program at LPCH as their Virtual Reality Program Coordinator. In this role, Maria manages all of the CHARIOT program’s technology (VR, AR, projectors), implements the tools in new units, trains providers on how to use these tools, and of course, uses the emerging technologies with the children at the hospital.“There is something genuinely magical about helping kids and their families, and I cannot imagine myself working elsewhere.”

Molly Pearson, CCLS

Molly is a Certified Child Life Specialist at LPCH working in perioperative services. Her role is to help patients and families cope in the hospital environment. She prepares patients for their hospital experience by creating individualized coping plans that help them through the things they are most worried about. Each patient is unique, so Molly uses a variety of coping methods, including teaching patients about their procedure, providing distraction through tools like VR, normalizing medical equipment and environment, and providing animal therapy with her facility dog, Donatella.

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