Games are a major part of my life and it’s so exciting to see the combination of games into the health arena. This page will be dedicated to all the current available games being developed to improve healthcare. It will be updated as I review each game.

Medutainment = Medicine + Entertainment

Research being done

Games for Patientsfooddetective.jpg

  • Amazing Food Detective
    Self-Description:
    There has been a mysterious outbreak of unhealthy habits hitting too many boys and girls. If we don’t solve these cases, and fast, kids might not make the right food and exercise choices as they grow, and that could be trouble!
    Target:
    9 to 10 years old
    Developer:
    Kaiser Permanente
    Other: Article
  • Re-missionremission.jpg
    Self-Description:
    Lead Roxxi, your gutsy and fully armed nanobot, through challenging missions and rapid-fire assaults on malignant cancer cells, wherever they hide
    Target:
    Children
    Developer:
    HopeLab
    Other: Article
  • ROCrocbigpic.jpg
    Self-Description:
    ROC promotes positive youth mental health by adapting content from effective psychological intervention.
    Target: 16 – 25 years old
    Developer:
    Inspire Foundation
    Other:
    Article
  • Telekinesis Health Gamesneurosky.jpg
    Self-Description:
    Neurosky and Emotiv Systems are developing games based on brain-waves with the goal of boosting mental abilities for users, boost focus abilities of ADD patients, and enable paralyzed patients to move in a virtual world.
    Target:
    ADD , Autisum, paralyzed individuals
    Developer:
    NeuroSky and Emotiv Systems Inc.
    Other: Article

Games for Medical Professional Training

  • Pulse!!
    Self-Description:
    Pulse!! is the first ever, immersive virtual learning space for training health care professionals in clinical skills. Cutting-edge graphics recreate a lifelike, interactive, virtual environment in which civilian and military heath care professionals practice clinical skills in order to better respond to injuries sustained during catastrophic incidents, such as combat or bioterrorism.
    Target:
    Medical and nursing students
    Developer:
    BreakAway; Pulse!! is being developed in partnership with Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi and is funded from a federal grant from the Department of the Navy’s Office of Naval Research.
    Other: Article

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  • heartsurgery.pngPerform Coronary-Bypass Surgery
    Self-Description:
    Open heart surgery is often cited as the most invasive of all medical procedures. In this interactive you assume the role of a surgeon in coronary bypass surgery. The procedure is represented in 13 steps from prep to patient recovery. At each stage, you will be supplied with instructions on how to proceed and then asked to carry out an over-simplified version of the actual procedure.
    Target:
    General
    Developer:
    ABC.net.au
    Other: Article
  • bodyparts.pngArtificial Anatomy
    Self-Description:
    When you see a mystery image on the left of your screen, you’ll be prompted to identify the body part. Use your mouse to find and select the proper body part from the full size anatomical model. Don’t forget to look for additional answers by turning Jerome. There are 10 parts in all. See how many parts you can place.
    Target:
    General
    Developer:
    Smithsonian: National Museums of American History
    Other: Article

 

Game Consoles and Health

  • GlucoBoyglucoboylogo.png
    Self-Description:
    By itself, the Glucoboy is an advanced blood glucose meter that is extremely accurate and highly precise using only a 0.6µL sample of blood! When used with the Nintendo Game Boy® Advance System or the GRiP incentive-based web community, Glucoboy becomes part of an entire network that rewards testing compliance and good health management.
    Target:
    Diabetic pediatric patients
    Console:
    Nintendo Gameboy or DS Lite
    Other:
    Article
  • HOPEhope.png
    Self-Description: HOPE is the acronym for the Hospital-based Online Pediatric Environment. It is a network that will allow pediatric patients the ability to meet with, relate to, and (most importantly) play games with other patients in hospitals around the country. By kindling the spirit of adventure, sports and community building, HOPE seeks to allow children with various ailments to understand that they are not alone, and that they possess heroic potential.
    Target: pediatric patients
    Console: XBox
    Developer: Johns Hopkins University, headed by Arun Mathews M.D.
    Other: Article
  • wii.jpgWii
    Target: Fitness, Cerebral Palsy, Rehabilitation
    Console: Wii
  • wifitlogo.gifWiiFit
    Target: Fitness
    Console: Wii

 

[Last modified: 12/11/07]

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