hopelab1.jpgAn upcoming revolution in health right now is games used for health purposes. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided $8.25M for Health Games Research. The grant’s purpose is to “support research to enhance the quality and effectiveness of interactive games that are used to improve health.”

One of the most popular games for health is Re-mission, a game that allows young kids to understand what cancer is and toremission_cancergame.jpg “increase a players’ sense of control over their circumstances”. The idea is developed by Pam Omidyar (eBay founder Pierre Omidyar’s wife). Parents as well as kids have commented that the game helps to “open [their] eyes to cancer” and that the interactive features of the games assist to understand the condition as oppose to just reading about it. Re-mission is developed by HopeLab, a non-profit organization that combines medical research with innovative solutions to improve health and healthcare.

Being an avid gamer myself, I am excited to see this trend in healthcare. I encourage all healthcare professionals to become involved by participating in various competitions available that are asking for innovative game ideas that would assist in improving patients’ health.