Healthcare experts Ross O’Brien and Sarah Ticho  explore the variety of ways that immersive technologies can be used in healthcare and learn more about the realities of working with the NHS.

What are the opportunities and challenges of developing immersive innovations to address healthcare and wellbeing issues? In this webinar, Ross O’Brien and Sarah Ticho discuss the  current state of the digital healthcare sector and offer an insight into working with the NHS.

This webinar explores:

  • The variety of ways VR can be used in healthcare;
  • The realities of working with the NHS;
  • Questions on registering as a medical device;
  • Hospices vs hospitals;
  • Financial sustainability

About our speakers

Ross O’Brien

Ross is the Digital Innovation Director at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. He was formerly the Service Lead for the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service which is the NHS mental health service established following the Grenfell Tower fire to support the community affected by the tragedy.

Ross is also the Programme Lead of the London Digital IAPT Programme at Healthy London Partnerships and is working to establish a digital single point of access for all Londoners accessing NHS psychological therapy services. Ross is recently graduated from the Digital Health London Digital Pioneer Fellowship. Ross holds a Human Rights Masters from the University of London.

Sarah Ticho 

Sarah has spent her career working across the interdisciplinary arts, academia, healthcare and technology as a producer, curator, artist and researcher.

She graduated from the University of Kent with a First Class Honours in Anthropology with a Year in Japan BSc. Following her degree, she worked with the NHS before moving into contemporary art, worked with organisations including Fabrica Gallery and Lighthouse, Brighton.

In 2016 she moved to Australia where she worked with The School of Life and TEDxSydney. It was here she began working in VR and joined The Big Anxiety Festival as a Researcher, VR Curator and “Awkward Conversationalist. ” In 2017 she moved to the US and became a research assistant at Stanford University, California, investigating the cross-cultural sensory experience of communicating with God.

She moved back to the UK and founded Hatsumi in May 2018. Alongside her role with Hatsumi, she is the producer on Deep, a meditative VR experience controlled by breathing, and is the healthcare lead for Immerse UK.