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Design Reality - PDX's Immersive Tech Community - Changing Lives with Immersive Technology in Healthcare

111 SW 5th Ave #2700, Portland, OR 97204
Portland, OR 97204, us (map)



How is immersive technology changing lives within Healthcare? From treating pain in burn victims, helping paralyzed individuals gain sensations, to changing patterns in the brain, immersive technology has only just begun to show us its potential uses in the healthcare industry. Come out of an engaging evening of community networking, food, demos, and three presentation exploring the future of healthcare.

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This month we are going to continue the new format of talks beginning at 6:30, with an additional 30 minutes of networking at the end of the event. Be prepared for talks to begin at 6:30pm!


5:30pm - Doors Open / Food / Drinks / Demos / Networking
6:30pm - Event/Talks Begin!
8:00pm - Networking
8:30pm - Event Ends and After Party at Portland City Grill

Raina Tamakawa & Darren Connor - Providence Health

Can Virtual Reality improve pain for post-surgery cancer patients?

The epidemic of opioid addiction is a well-documented consequence of our approach to treating pain. As part of Providence Health & Services’ work in the research and development of alternatives to opioids, a team set out to test the effectiveness of Virtual Reality as a pain treatment for gastrointestinal malignancy​ surgery patients.

Daren is a Product Manager with Ambulatory Services at Providence Health & Services in Portland where he collaborates with clinical experts in sleep disorders, sports medicine, diabetes, physical therapy and chronic pain to develop new offerings and improve existing services.​

Raina is a clinical research supervisor at Providence Cancer Institute. She has a BS in Chemistry from Pacific University and an MS in Pharmaceutical Science from the University of British Columbia.​

Frances Ayalasomayajula - HP - Applications of Virtual Reality in Healthcare

With advances in computer technology and software sophistication, the robustness and
pervasiveness of VR solutions continues to progress. Healthcare-minded technologist are producing more impactful experiences for users and more clinically relevant applications. In this session, Fran Ayalasomayajula, HP’s Global Healthcare Lead for Population Health Information Technology and Innovations will take us on an exploration of virtual reality in healthcare, beginning with an overview of the technology by market segment, including medical education and training, patient education, surgical planning and digital therapeutics.

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Thank you to our sponsors for helping make these events possible:

New Relic provides the real-time insights that software-driven businesses need to innovate faster. We're hiring for a variety of positions in our Portland Headquarters, browse our open jobs and join us!

Perkins Coie represents market leaders in AR and VR technology, products, services and content. We assist our clients in raising capital for new ventures, protecting intellectual property, distribution, licensing, regulatory compliance and a wide variety of other legal services.

The Khronos Group was founded in 2000 to provide a structure for key industry players to cooperate in the creation of open standards that deliver on the promise of cross-platform technology. Today, Khronos is a not for profit, member-funded consortium dedicated to the creation of royalty-free open standards for graphics, parallel computing, vision processing, and dynamic media. www.Khronos.org

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