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About VHA XR Network

Established by Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS and Caitlin Rawlins, RN in October 2019, VHA XR Network harnesses and collates the innovative XR work being done at VA. VHA XR Network helps improve care delivery and experience by leveraging XR use cases such as for falls risk assessment, neurological risk assessment, pain management, anxiety, addiction recovery, physical therapy, recreation therapy, PTSD, employee education and so many more. The result is a healthier reality for both Veterans and VHA employees.

Leadership

Anne Lord Bailey, PharmD, BCPS

Anne Lord Bailey is a Board Certified Pharmacotherapy Specialist, Director for Clinical Tech Innovation, and Immersive Technology Lead for the Office of Healthcare Innovation and Learning (OHIL). Anne started as a resident at Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville, NC, and joined OHIL in 2020 to lead implementation of emerging tech, especially immersive technology. Anne was awarded the 2022 G2Xchange Change Agent Award, was a co-recipient of the 2022 Service to the Citizen Award, and received the Hero Award from the International Virtual Reality in Healthcare Association.

Dr. Ann Lord Bailey
Leadership

Caitlin Rawlins, RN

Caitlin Rawlins has been a nurse for over 10 years, the last five with VA. Caitlin initiated the first positive distraction-focused VR program for pain and anxiety management in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in 2017. She is now a VHA Innovation Specialist and detailed XR Specialist for VHA Innovation Ecosystem. Caitlin has been awarded the 2019 ANCC Pathway Award, 2022 G2Xchange Disruptive Tech Program Award, was a co-recipient of the 2022 Service to the Citizen Award, and received the Hero Award from the International Virtual Reality in Healthcare Association.

Caitlin Rawlins

Extended Reality (XR) is an inclusive term encompassing both Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). While AR is in use at VA, VR is currently the most common form of XR in use with Veterans and staff.

Virtual Reality (VR) means the user is fully immersed in the virtual experience and has no interaction with the real world. Example: Virtual Reality for Pain and Anxiety Management

Augmented Reality (AR) intertwines the real world and virtual worlds, allowing the user to interact with real and virtual worlds simultaneously through digital overlays.

VHA XR Network is available to VA staff, Industry, academic, and other Government partners and collaborators are  welcome to engage and interact with VHA XR Network through virtual meetings, presentations, demonstrations, and a host of other opportunities.

VA employees can join our Microsoft Teams channel, our Community of Practice calls every month, and learn more by emailing VHAXRnetwork@va.gov.

Please reach out to VHAXRnetwork@va.gov if you are interested in getting involved with XR in VA.

Reach out to us at VHAXRnetwork@va.gov.