Games for Health

As a followup to my last post, I came across this site for the Games for Health Conference, 2009.  Founded by the Serious Games Initiative, the Games for Health Conferences focuses on enabling researchers, medical professionals, and game developers come together and think about ways game technologies can impact healthcare.

It’s interesting to note that there are some major players behind the serious games intiative, including, for example, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that is funding a $8.25 million national program to “enhance the quality and impact of interactive games used to improve health.”

It’s telling to see that it’s not just corporate sponsors that are lo0king to interactive gaming as a key trend in learning development, but serious funders including national-level foundations.  It will be interesting to see what models of game-based interactions for healthcare training and development may emerge from these kinds of efforts.

information about the impact games and game technologies can have on health care and policy

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About Darrin Hayes

I'm a workplace learning and performance professional with experience in the HealthCare, Higher Education, Technology, and Non-Profit industries. Specialties: Learning Technology Solutions / Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Training Design / Learning and Performance Ecosystems / Content Management / Training Delivery / Project Management / Communications
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3 Responses to Games for Health

  1. I attended GFHC last year, and it was excellent. Humana even announced their decision to fund a new website, HG4H, which has online health games for their constituents to play. All very interesting stuff. One of the major complaints last year was that funders were not present so it will be interesting to see if that’s the case again this year. Regardless, I highly recommend this conference to anyone interested in learning more about Games for Health.

    • Darrin Hayes says:

      Glad to hear you enjoyed the conference. It will be interesting to see how it evolves as more funders and organizations get involved.

  2. Rena says:

    An imprdessive share! I’ve just forwarded
    this onto a coworker who had been conducting a little research on this.
    And he in fact ordered me lunch simply because I found it for him…
    lol. So alloww me to reword this….Thanks for
    the meal!! But yeah, thaanx for spending some time to discuss this
    matter here on your website.

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