Leveraging Extended Reality to Shape the Future of Patient Experience

Our hospital’s Child Life Department pioneered the effort to integrate technology as a complementary, non-pharmacological intervention throughout the hospital. We developed an interdisciplinary committee and partnered our hospital’s innovation center and community partners to develop a program to champion this work. We obtained a substantial inventory of relevant technology for clinical practice and implemented a training program for our child life staff. We used a quality improvement methodology to evaluate the program and determine best practices. Jennifer Staab is leading research initiatives aimed at evaluating the efficacy and best practices associated with integrating extended reality programming to supplement and augment child life services. Abe Homer has worked as a gaming and technology specialist for three years and has pioneered best practices and innovation in this sector.


1) Participants will be able to summarize how healthcare institutions can leverage technology to improve patient experience and other important outcomes 

2) Participants will be able to discuss strategies for successfully implementing and integrating technology into the patient experience. 

3) Participants will be able to identify potential barriers to implementing technology into practice and strategies for overcoming these obstacles.

Suggested Domain: Intervention

Thank you to our generous sponsor of this webinar, Dunkin' Joy in Childhood Foundation, for helping to provide this webinar programming for child life specialists.


Jennifer Staab

Jennifer Staab is a certified child life specialist. Currently, Jennifer works at Children’s Hospital Colorado as a Manager and Research and Quality Improvement Specialist for the Child Life Department. She served as the chair of the Evidenced-Based Practice Committee for the Association for Child Life Professionals (ACLP) (2011-2013), the Research and Scholarship Committee for the ACLP (2015-2016), and the Proposal Subcommittee for the ACLP’s Scientific Advancement of Professional Practice (2016-2018). Jennifer has given numerous professional presentations. She has presented at ACLP’s Annual Conference for Professional Issues (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, & 2019) and the Children’s Hospital Associations Annual Conference (2013 & 2018). Her research interests include identifying the factors associated with children experiencing elevated distress in a healthcare setting and evaluating the efficacy of child life services.

Abraham Homer, BA

Gaming Technology Specialist

Children's Hospital Colorado

Abraham Homer received his BFA in creative writing and visual communication from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). After college he spent many years working in film production management; helping to produce feature films, festivals and extended reality experiences for audiences across the country. Following his film career, Abraham became the Gaming Technology Specialist at Children's Hospital Colorado where he researches, develops and integrates various gaming technology. This includes exploring the ways in which Virtual and Augmented Reality experiences can be utilized therapeutically in healthcare.


Leveraging Extended Reality to Shape the Future of Patient Experience
08/16/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 08/16/2021
08/16/2021 at 1:00 PM (EDT)  |  Recorded On: 08/16/2021
7 Questions
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
5 Questions  |  Unlimited attempts  |  4/5 points to pass
Webinar Sponsor Dunkin Joy In Childhood Foundation
Open to download resource.
Open to download resource. Thank you to our sponsor of today’s webinar: Dunkin Joy in Childhood Foundation. The Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation brings joy to kids battling illness. They are launching a new program in September, Dunkin Connecting Joy, which will fund: Gaming Child Life Specialists, Systems and Connectivity, and Virtual Programming. Grants will typically range from $25,000-$65,000 per year. To learn more and apply for the grant you can visit www.bringjoy.org.
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 PDUs credit  |  Certificate available