Why HappyMed Video Glasses are better than Virtual Reality

The HappyMed Video Glasses help health practitioners to improve patient experience, patient health and also lower their operational costs at the same time. The results are achieved without the use of pharmacological medications, but instead by using a new form of medicine called audiovisual distraction or audiovisual medicine!

Audiovisual distraction is a tool that can be used to the great advantage of both patients and doctors. As the name suggests it involves complete patient distraction from their surroundings via audio and visual stimuli.

Naturally, we do get asked at times whether there are substitutes or other technologies that will work just the same. Yes, patient distraction can be achieved in the waiting room via ipads, books, puzzles and even virtual reality. However, none of these options are audiovisual distraction, so they don’t produce similar results!

So what is audiovisual distraction?

Audiovisual distraction to reduce anxiety in patients is a well-researched therapy for patients.

To better cope with patient stress and anxiety, researchers suggest moving patients’ attention from the negative surroundings and emotions of the hospital to positive stimuli via psychological methods.

Audiovisual distraction has been proven to save resources in terms of time and money by optimising processes;decreasing the risk of complications, emergence delirium and delayed recovery; and positively impacting patient attitude towards local and regional anesthetic procedures.

Waiting in day-surgery units prior to surgery is known to be one of the main causes of patient anxiety in hospitals. But that’s only for the hospitals who don’t use HappyMed! Audiovisual distraction devices can be a very useful tool for waiting periods at the hospital. At this sensitive time it is very important to occupy patients’ wandering minds.

Audiovisual distraction stands out from other distraction methods when it comes to medical application.

Let’s go through some of the reasons why Virtual Reality is not suitable for patients.


Virtual reality is not suited to the operating theatre

Virtual reality is undoubtedly a cool technology but it is not suited to hospitals or clinics. Otherwise we would be using it at HappyMed!

Virtual reality requires the users to turn their head and sometimes body to get the full experience. This requires energy that many patients do not have and also it requires patients to move around. A patient moving around on the operating table is generally not suitable and in any case, most patients would much prefer to sit still.


Virtual Reality can be overwhelming for the older generation

Let’s face it, the baby boomers are still grappling with technology. However, we can confirm that the majority do love the HappyMed Video Glasses! Virtual reality is one step too far.

Many people within the older age groups will have never experienced virtual reality in their lifetime and are not about to start just before their operation.


Virtual Reality can cause many users to become dizzy!

Another downside to using virtual reality is that is can cause users to become dizzy. The artificial feeling of movement is often met with a queasy feeling, and this is not a symptom that should be risked just prior to surgery.


Virtual Reality is a distraction but it is not audiovisual distraction

If patients are distracted by the video component alone a key aspect of the ‘treatment’ is missing. Watching a programme without audio will fail to completely block out the surroundings and the full distraction effect cannot succeed.


Why are the HappyMed Video Glasses are perfect for your patients? 


HappyMed Video Glasses include headphones and sound

Our Video Glasses don’t only block out the patients’ the view of the hospital surroundings, they block the sound, too! Research shows that audiovisual distraction, not just simply distraction, is an important means to reduce patient stress and anxiety.


HappyMed Video Glasses are medically licensed and easy to set up and to use

HappyMed Video Glasses are not only a great alternative to patient sedation, they are also licensed to be used within your medical facility.

We understand that both patients and doctors do not want to spend a lot of time setting up a new technology. And this is where the HappyMed Video Glasses really excel. The set up is very simple and our support team is only a phone call away if you run into any problems.


HappyMed Video Glasses offer a content programme that is suitable for patients

Within a medical setting, users are looking for a specific type of film or programme to distract them. The latest Netflix series or popular movie is great for a normal situation, but we have seen time and time again that this is not the case for anxious patients.

The HappyMed film programme is always evolving and improving based on feedback and the types of programmes that we can see that patients are watching.

The most popular type of films, are those that allow the user to relax and take their mind somewhere else: travel and nature documentaries, classical music shows, a classic series or film, and cartoons for children.


Are you ready to start making #HappyMedMoments?

Although sedation is meant to improve patient health by relieving stress and anxiety, the medication can have a variety of adverse side effects.

Patient distraction is an important alternative to sedation that has proven it’s worth both in research and in practice. However, to ensure its effectiveness you must also ensure that your clinic is using the correct technology.

HappyMed Video Glasses are a safe alternative to sedatives that the medical community has been waiting for.