Changing Lives with Immersive Technology in Healthcare

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 for an engaging evening of community networking, food, demos, and three presentations exploring the future of healthcare.


At this month’s event, Design Reality is excited to be partnering with HP! HP has been doing some terrific work in the Healthcare space with immersive technology and is going to be coming out to the event to give demos of “Cool” a pain treatment experience they helped demo. They will also be showing off their new HP MR Headset, which some lucky audience member will get to go home with!

That’s right, our partnering with HP this month is enabling us to raffle off a brand new HP MR Headset!! You don’t want to miss this event!


More details to come soon. 

This month we are going to try out a new format that leave more time at the end of the event for networking. 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?

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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.


This was one of the first VR investments for Providence, and the significant learnings from this pilot that you’ll hear during this presentation will guide its future VR initiatives, as well as its overall strategy in this area.

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. Through an examination of these use cases, along with citations
related to the clinical efficacy of virtual reality, attendees will gain an appreciation for the vast and
growing areas of potential adoption and business opportunity.

For over 20 years, Fran Ayalasomayajula, executive healthcare strategist and technologist, has been
dedicated to serving the interests of populations around the world in an effort to improve the quality of
healthcare, provision access to healthcare, and increase health literacy and patient engagement.

Currently the Global Healthcare, Population Health Information Technology and Innovations Lead for
HP, Inc., Fran directs the organization in the development of strategies and innovations designed to
advance and deliver improved clinical outcomes and better population health. Prior to HP, Fran worked
for major healthcare institutions, including WHO, CDC, BMS, and UHG. Fran holds degrees in
epidemiology, public health, information technology, and certification in project and clinical trial

She is actively involved in community minded initiatives, such as rare disease patient advocacy, and the
application of technology services for the promotion of aging with independence and community
connectedness. In 2015, Fran was a contributing writer on the Fact Sheet submitted to the White House
Conference on Aging, and in 2017 co-author of the LeadingAge whitepaper on Social Connectedness and
Engagement Technology for Long-Term and Post-Acute Care. She is presently a board member of the
NHA of San Diego, an advisory board member of Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIMED) and of the
Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance), member representative to the LeadAge’s Center on
Aging Services and Technologies (CAST), special interest participant in the NAHC, and founder of
IBHealthy, a 501(c)3 nonprofit digital health and wellness organization, whose mission is to provide ease
of access to the resources needed to adopt and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

This month with are partnering with ChickTech! ChickTech is a nonprofit dedicated to retaining women in the technology workforce and increasing the number of women and girls pursuing technology-based careers.


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. Learn more

PANOGS is a Portland based full-service virtual reality (VR) agency specializing in creating immersive and gigapixel hyper-resolution experiences from some of the tallest structures and most inaccessible places on earth. PANOGS will be co-presenting their aerial 360 video reel on the HTC Vive with their Aerial Partner VR Drones.

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.

Are you interested in sponsoring, demoing, or volunteering? 

Email to learn more about opportunities.

If the cost of our tickets($5-20) is a prohibiting factor from your attendance, please email Joshua to ask about scholarship opportunities.

Hourly Schedule

Day 1

5:30 - 6:30
Doors Open
Networking, Food, Drinks, and Demos!
6:30 - 7:45
Talks Begin
Our presentations for the evening begin.
7:45 - 8:30
More Networking
Optional time after talks for more networking while we clean the venue
Event End
Event is over for the evening, but some people go up to Portland City Grill for drinks and more networking.


Feb 26 2018


5:30 pm - 8:30 pm



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