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