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VR app by Xploro joins US pediatrics collaboration project

Xploro, a developer of apps that help children deal with anxiety around serious illness, has been accepted onto a global health programme that helps hospitals collaborate with tech companies.

Over 300 innovators reportedly entered the programme, KidsX Accelerator, before the list was trimmed down to 13. Xploro is the only British company to make the final 13.

KidsX Accelerator works with children’s hospitals, such as the Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Texas Children’s Hospital, to support the adoption of digital health solutions.

The Xploro app is designed to help children deal with the stress and anxiety of going to hospital, by using VR and gamification technology. Its app will be given a three-month trial as soon as KidsX decides which hospitals will receive the tech.

Cancer patients will be able to use the app first, with plans to develop it further for patients with any condition or illness.

The app has been developed in partnership with Innovate UK, Social Tech Trust, EIT Health and the NHS. ORCHA, the Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps, has given the Xploro app a score of 88%.

Xploro CEO and co-founder, Dom Raban, said: “I can’t tell you how thrilled I am that Xploro has been recognised in this way. KidsX has opened up a raft of opportunities for our business which in turn means more children than ever can benefit from our app. I’m keen to begin work as part of the accelerator and excited for what the future holds with KidsX – this is a pivotal moment for Xploro.”