The leading digital healthcare company, Provata Health, has announced the launch of Provata VR, a virtual reality guided meditation application (VR) available on the App Store. The application represents the goal of the new Portland company to be a pioneer in a new category of digital health: Preventive Care for Virtual Reality.
With ProvaR VR, users escape to a variety of breathtaking locations around the world, such as tropical waterfalls, secluded beaches, dazzling Aurora Borealis and even undersea coral reefs. By selecting from a collection of guided meditation exercises, users train their minds to positively influence their productivity and mood in immersive and idyllic environments.
The application also introduces the biofeedback of meditation, a patent pending system that leverages advances in physiological monitoring to enhance the meditation experience. Users can synchronize popular handheld devices, such as Apple Watch, to visualize the effects of their meditation sessions on their heart rate. Through intelligent feedback, Provata VR helps users better understand which meditation exercises, places and times of the day have the greatest impact on your heart rate.
"Virtual reality presents an opportunity to expand digital health to new frontiers," said Alex Goldberg, CEO of Provata Health. "The typical guided meditation approach, which consists of an audio recording instructing you on how to meditate, has not advanced much technologically in decades. The combination of VR with mindfulness meditation and biofeedback monitoring allows users to move into relaxation environments while tracking their progress smoothly, bringing new dimensions to the meditation experience ".
While mindfulness meditation grows in popularity, scientific research reveals that its benefits are pervasive, as it includes increased productivity, less stress, as well as improved concentration, cognitive abilities and memory. The effects extend to physiological measures as studies indicate that meditation can help reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks. Studies suggest that mindfulness meditation can even relieve chronic pain by activating regions of the brain associated with pain control.
Provata Health provides the first commercial digital health program that has been shown to improve the physical and mental health of participants in a peer-reviewed medical journal. "Given the growing evidence of the positive effects of meditation on our mental and physical health, Provata VR truly represents our emphasis on providing holistic digital health solutions that address our overall health," explained Goldberg.
In addition to being currently Oregon's fastest growing private healthcare technology and healthcare company, Provata Health partners with employers, health plans, and hospital systems to provide evidence-based programs that have been shown to improve employee health and Reduce medical costs. Provata VR is the first product of the company available to both employers and consumers.
Anyone can download the application for free and upgrade it to the premium version, which will be available at no cost to employees participating in Provata's digital health programs through their employer or health plan.
Prova VR is now available on the App Store! For more information, visit Provatahealth.com/vr-health