Cedars-Sinai Behavioral Health App Launches on Apple Vision Pro

Cedars-Sinai Behavioral Health App Launches on Apple Vision Pro

LOS ANGELES (February 5, 2024) – Cedars-Sinai clinicians and artificial intelligence experts have developed a new app that leverages the unique capabilities of Apple Vision Pro to support patients’ mental health needs.

The app, called Xaia (Extended Reality Artificial Intelligence Ally), expands patients’ access to mental health support, furthering Cedars-Sinai’s mission to improve the health of the communities it serves in Los Angeles and beyond.

Cedars-Sinai researchers created Xaia as a way to deliver self-managed, AI-powered conversational therapy to patients in a relaxing spatial setting, such as a creekside meadow or a sunny beach retreat, where patients can also Do deep breathing exercises and meditation there.

The Xaia app provides users with immersive therapy sessions led by a trained digital avatar programmed to simulate a human therapist.

“Apple Vision Pro provides a gateway into Xaia’s world of immersive, interactive behavioral health support that I can only describe as a giant leap over previous technologies,” said Dr. Brennan Spiegel, professor of medicine and director of health services. Researcher at Cedars-Sinai and co-founder of Xaia Technologies. “With the stunning displays in Xaia and Apple Vision Pro, we are able to harness every pixel of exceptional resolution and the full spectrum of vibrant color to create an immersive treatment that is engaging and highly personalized.”

Spiegel said that in developing apps for Apple Vision Pro, his Cedars-Sinai team reimagined how spatial computing could support behavioral health and overall well-being in ways never before possible.

Omer Liran, MD, a psychiatrist at Cedars-Sinai and co-founder of Xaia, said the app represents a transformative step toward making quality treatment available to all.

“Apple Vision Pro allows us to create a platform where technology fades into the background and the user’s healing journey becomes front and center,” said Liran. “This app is the culmination of years of rigorous research, clinical expertise and a vision to democratize mental health in a way that respects each person’s unique experience. With the power of Vision Pro, we are now able to realize the full potential of this experience.”

Ahead of the launch of Apple Vision Pro, Xaia technology was described in first-of-its-kind research published in a peer-reviewed journal nature digital medicine. The study results show that Xaia is both beneficial and safe for patients to use.

To develop Xaia, Spiegel and Liran secured support from Cedars-Sinai Technology Ventures, a company dedicated to protecting and supporting the commercialization of discoveries and technologies. Technology Ventures also facilitates access to promising inventions, such as Xaia, that improve the quality of life for patients around the world.

Nirdesh Gupta, Ph.D., managing director of Cedars-Sinai Technology Ventures, said ideas developed in an academic medical center environment like Cedars-Sinai provide a unique perspective that focuses on both advancing research and accelerating clinical care needs.

James Laur, J.D., Vice President of Intellectual Property at Cedars-Sinai, echoed this sentiment.

“The hospital ecosystem is at the core of care delivery, and Cedars-Sinai Hospital is uniquely positioned to be closest to patients and their diverse needs,” said Laur. “Xaia is the result of years of support and funding, and we are excited to see this technology come to life in such a meaningful and clinically relevant way.”

Conflict of interest: Spiegel and Liran are co-founders of VRx Health. Xaia technology is exclusively licensed to VRx Health for commercialization by Cedars-Sinai.

Learn more from the Cedars-Sinai blog: Virtual reality and brain-body connection

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