THE MANIFESTO FOR HEALTHCARE TRANSFORMATION

INVIROVR_ THE INNOVATIVE EDGE IN HEALTHCARE ECO-THERAPEUTIC INTERIORS-VIRTUAL REALITY STRESS REDUCTION




Humanity has evolved through millenniums by living in harmony with Nature. Nature is our source of life, inspiration, beauty, and much more. Technology and Urban growth have innovated an inconclusive archetypal model creating the illusion that Nature and humankind are separate. Technological innovations have transformed how we perceive ourselves, our lives, and our interrelationships. Electronic devices have digitized much of our waking reality. The average person spends 8 hours and 41 minutes on electronic devices, 20 minutes more than the average sleep time. More time is spent checking emails than eating breakfast. Outdoor activities have been supplanted with gaming and other digitized experiences.

Humanity is genetically wired to be in the outdoors. Research substantiates that not only do we feel better when we frequent Nature, but it is detrimental to our fundamental well-being when we ignore this cornerstone of our being. Nature is the source and means of finding a balance that helps us to create a sense of equilibrium beneficial to our physiological, emotional, and spiritual well-being. The role the environment plays in our daily lives is of the utmost importance. There is little doubt that a direct correlation between our physical and mental well-being is strongly influenced by our surroundings. The inspirational beauty provided us by Nature is quickly disappearing and being supplanted by urban sprawl, most likely a key component in the rampant rise of stress in the daily lives of billions.

Due to existing constraints within therapeutic facilities, patients and staff alike are unable to frequent Nature as often as they would like, subsequently reinforcing feelings of frustration, stress, and anxiety. The most practically attainable prospect in maintaining the essential connection we share with Nature is to effectively merge Natures essence into a digitized format. Scientific research substantiates that the credible illusion of Nature will simulate the inspirational and curative effects one would experience while being in the outdoors. The body-mind connection is paramount to holistic healing processes and most certainly should be addressed in the overall context of healthcare. The innovation of integrating Natures inspirational beauty and stress-reducing attributes into healthcare will provide the patient’s opportunity of experiencing supportive healing environments while confined or being treated within clinical interiors.

“The sensory content we consume, as much as the foods we eat impact our lives on many levels, whether we are conscious or not of the stimuli.”

Integrating the feeling of Nature into therapeutic facility interiors and bringing the benefits of Nature directly to the patient is now possible largely due to advances in digital technology, including Virtual reality, artificial intelligence, aromatherapy, projection, large-screen video monitors, etc. It is now possible to recreate the immersive feeling of Nature within Hospital settings and all therapeutic venues. Scientific research studies exploiting innovative technologies have exponentially changed how healthcare serves the infirm, from cancer treatments to prosthesis development. While on the other hand healthcare healing modalities have not recognized the existential importance of redefining the antiquated model of therapeutic interiors from that of décor, into a functioning Eco-holistic treatment modality.

The time has come to usher in an archetypal shift creating a fundamental transformation in the way Healthcare perceives interior décor on multiple levels. Hospital interiors have remained relatively unchanged for hundreds of years. Insignificant changes made in healthcare interiors have been superficial. Until recently there have been few if any substantial alternatives available to designers for the evolution of healthcare interiors until now!

The new paradigm in therapeutic interiors will focus on using interior design as not only decor but a supportive platform functioning as an inclusive healing modality. The synthesis of artificial intelligence, with virtual, and digital technologies will birth a holistic eco-prototype able to recreate a credible, immersive illusion of nature within therapeutic interiors.

The application and integration of digital technology will alter how we approach, construct, and purpose therapeutic interiors. The synthesis of artificial intelligence, with virtual, and digital technologies will birth a holistic eco-prototype able to recreate a credible, immersive illusion of nature within therapeutic interiors. Natures inherent stress-reducing attributes in conjunction with her inspirational beauty will produce an environmental aesthetic that creates feelings of well-being for staff, patients, family, and friends.”

Creating a fundamental paradigm shift in the manner Healthcare has historically addressed interior spaces has lagged in fully integrating the idea of Eco-Therapeutic interiors using innovative current technology.

Insignificant variations within therapeutic facilities have been superficial. The reticence of not embracing the holistic approach in healthcare is impeding the onset of the coming paradigm shift. The existential importance of redefining the outmoded model that is presently in place within the vast majority of healthcare facilities worldwide is paramount. Innovative technological advancements, including artificial intelligence, robotics, virtual reality, biotechnologies, etc. will rewrite the underpinnings of healthcare as we know it today. The explosion in digital technology can provide us the ability to create the credible illusion of Nature within healthcare environments, or anywhere else.

Stress and anxiety debilitate and impede healing processes and denigrate well-being.

Nature is the source and means of finding a balance that helps us to create a sense of equilibrium beneficial to our physiological, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Nature is ubiquitous but less accessible to many city-dwellers due to time constraints dictated by our complicated lifestyles. 360Virtual Reality environments make it possible for us to immersive ourselves in Nature while sitting comfortably in our own homes, offices, or within any therapeutic facility. The beneficial effects one experiences from using immersive Nature-based 360VR videos are as real to our body-mind connection, physiologically and psychologically as if one were truly in Nature. Nature is the muse for our well-being and the inspiration for great art. The beauty we all feel and connect with when frequenting Nature gives many of us the strength to carry on until our next great escape from the environs of the City.

The explosion in digital technology can provide us the ability to create the illusion of Nature within healthcare environments.

Technology and Urban growth have innovated a new model establishing the illusion that Nature and humankind are separate. The obvious repercussions of this imprudence have created psychological and physiological imbalances within the "Body of Humanity". Countless methods and healing modalities have been developed in which to reduce stress, including costly and toxic drug therapies, as well as many holistic approaches such as meditation, yoga, Thai Chi, etc. With the advent of digital technologies there are new avenues that can be explored and integrated into the environments of Hospitals and existing therapeutic facilities. The innovative idea of integrating Natures therapeutic attributes into healthcare facilities will engage patients and staff with the opportunity of experiencing being outside in Nature while confined within a Therapeutic facility. Scientific research substantiates that the credible illusion of Nature will simulate the inspirational and curative effects one would experience while being in supportive outdoor environments.

There is no denying that our psyche is integrated and interdependent within the Environment we experience in the present moment.

There is scientific confirmation as well as personal experiential truth we all can attest to regarding the profound impact our surroundings play in our daily lives. Stress is a by-product of how we dynamically interact with the myriad dissonant environments we engage ourselves in throughout the day. Personal perceptions are unique as is each person. A Particular environment may trigger a stressful reaction in one and not to another. Research is providing us with information regarding what types of natural environments work best for stress and anxiety relief. David Hoptman founder of INVIROVR is involved with environmental research regarding healing elements in Nature. Studies are proving that environments are much like ice-cream, in that some flavors are more popular while others less so. Finding the proper environments that serve the well-being of the majority of the people on Earth has been a truly enigmatic search until now. Ongoing studies are helping to shed light on what types of eco-content work best to facilitate stress and anxiety relief. David Hoptman founder of INVIROVR was hired as a consultant by the University of Illinois to help facilitate a pilot program for stress reduction within the student population early in 2019.

Today with AI, Virtual Reality, Digital technology, Large Screen Monitors, and the current knowledge we possess regarding stress reduction the idea of bringing the immersive feeling of Nature within hospitals will change how healing environments are created.

We are at the dawning of developing the ability to re-create the immersive illusion of Nature within our environments as well as within institutional environments. We as human species appreciate and find camaraderie in sharing experiences in Nature. Most every one of us at some time in our lives has experienced the joy and tranquility that frequenting Nature affords Walking, camping, fishing, exercising, swimming, sitting on a park bench, playing sports in the outdoors are some of the many ways in which we can commune with Nature. Virtual Reality headsets now provide the immersive effects of Nature within therapeutic facilities as well as for home and office use.

Hospital interiors also can be recreated to produce an immersive feeling of being in Nature. The difference between VR and creating a shared immersive space is this; Virtual Reality is mainly a solitary experience or in many cases a shared gaming experience. VR is not the type of technology that enables group participation. The creation of shared immersive environments enables participants to interact much as if they were out on a group outing, hiking, in the park, camping, etc.

How can one fabricate immersive environments within therapeutic facilities?

Digital technology can be used in many different ways to produce the illusion of being surrounded within a rainforest, tropical beach, alpine mountain setting, and much more. Virtual Reality headsets are available today with prescriptive content provided by Invirovr, and ready to be integrated into healthcare now. VR will support and augment shared Eco-Therapeutic environmental décor. Existing technologies available today can be creatively integrated into healthcare interiors by connecting the existing digital dots.

Theme parks are designed with the intent of creating an immersive entertaining and experiential environment to be enjoyed as a collective experience.

Why not bring the concept of a Nature-Based Theme Park within the confines of the hospital or for that matter any therapeutic facility or cityscape in need of stress reduction? In so doing we will be surrounding ourselves with Natures beauty and curative powers lowering our stress and anxiety levels while creating a shared joyful experience.

We all know that interior design for large institutions is a costly endeavor. The proposal of integrating Nature into healthcare interiors will be an archetypal shift from traditional therapeutic décor in use today. Integrating Nature/Eco-Therapeutic décor into healthcare interiors will lower stress and anxiety while augmenting most existing healing protocols, Stress-reducing therapeutic environments will save billions of dollars in healthcare costs by shortening recovery times and reducing the average length of stay within hospitals (ALOS). Therapeutic environments will aid in decreasing the demand for toxic drugs, such as mood enhancers, tranquilizers, anti-depressants, pain medication, etc.

Additional costs involved with the implementation of Therapeutic interiors will easily pay for itself within the first few years if not less. The average length of stay {ALOS} in a hospital is used to gauge the efficiency of a healthcare facility. The national average for a hospital stay is 4.5 days, according to the Agency for Healthcare and Quality, at an average cost of $10,400 per day. Therapeutic environment studies could prove the ALOS rate would be reduced by ½ day and possibly more. Cost-saving could be staggering, by replacing outdated hospital décor with Therapeutic interiors as a new model for healthcare. Stress-reducing environments will improve the overall healthcare experience for patients, doctors, family, and staff, and save billions of dollars in healthcare costs annually.

How to re-create therapeutic environments:

Replace existing gallery-like hallways framed with questionable art with lifelike murals of forests mountain landscape, tropical beaches, mountain landscapes, rain forests, etc. will be the start. The integration of large-format video monitors displaying high-quality natural environments can be effectively assimilated, into the architecture along with projected virtual reality eco-immersive environments. Flooring can be installed with trompe l'oeil materials giving the illusion of streams, expansive flowering fields, cobblestone, etc. The ceiling of rooms, hallways can be muraled with clouds and blue sky simulating a sunny day. The sounds of birds, rushing water, wind, trees, etc. can affordably be included in each environment. Aromatherapy can be incorporated into the entire scenario. Artificial intelligence like Siri or Alexa can be integrated into every patient’s room and pre-programmed from adjusting light levels, ordering food, calling the nurse, playing sounds of Nature, aromatherapy, etc.

Healthcare workers' uniforms will also reflect nature's beauty by color design and style.

Hospital bedding will not be stark white but will incorporate a healing color palette having environmental imagery of Nature printed on them. Flower, forest, streams, mosses, etc. Each floor within the hospital will have a theme, tropical, forest, lakes, alpine mountains, etc.. Each floor will be an immersive environment throughout, incorporating lighting to simulate biorhythms. Organic furnishings will be designed and help to augment each unique environment.

There will be an all-inclusive dedicated website to connect patients, staff, doctors, family, etc. The site will have recommended activities, movies, music, interactive entertainment, etc. Food and dining will be simple fresh foods. Prescriptive herbal tea blends will be included and prescribed by the nutritionist in step with each patient’s protocol, as well as aroma therapy.

There is lots more to discuss, this is just the broad overview. If you have an interest in collaborating/supporting/investing, please contact David Hoptman at 505-328-5061…invirovr@gmail.com

I have the vision, technical and creative skills to make this paradigm shift a reality today by connecting the digital dots.

Learn more and view my content at this URL www.invirovr.com

David Hoptman founder of INVIROVR

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