Diane Jooris worked for several years as a volunteer assisting medical patients with stress and anxiety around their care, including two family members. She saw how the patients were given medicine to help with the anxiety and the lack of psychological resources to help them get through the treatments.
“My idea is to provide tools for patients during the whole medical journey,” Jooris said.
That idea is the basis for OnComfort Inc., a health tech company that gives patients access to virtual reality systems as an immersive distraction from a patient’s anxiety and pain around their cancer treatment. Jooris co-founded the company with Joowon Kim, a lecturer at the University of Houston and a previous founder of a virtual-reality game company.
OnComfort’s virtual reality combined with an audio component helps people forget they’re undergoing stressful and sometimes painful treatment Currently, it’s doing pilot programs with hospitals around the world to validate its technology, and is in conversations with at least one Houston-area systems to bring the programs here. It recently set up shop at the new JLabs @ TMC.