Games For Health 2013

By Jonah Comstock 04:45 am July 9, 2013
When Kaiser Permanente debuted its Interchange platform API initiative last month, the company made it clear that they would not be feeding patient health information into third party apps or devices via APIs. While the health system has done notable research into incorporating things like exercise data into its EMR, it isn't interested in integrating just any data stream. Kaiser Permanente's...
By Jonah Comstock 09:59 am June 28, 2013
London, UK-based Six to Start, the creators of runaway hit fitness game Zombies, Run! announced this week they are creating a new game that will use the same gamified, story-centric approach as Zombies, Run! but without the zombies -- or the running. Tentatively titled "The Walk," the game will be a spy thriller and it will be focused on getting people to move more and generally be more active....
By Jonah Comstock 06:10 am June 28, 2013
New surgeries, tools, and techniques are developed often, and medical device companies say it can be tricky to get surgeons to adopt them sometimes. After all, there are no unimportant patients, and no one wants to be their surgeon's first attempt at a new procedure. Part of Minneapolis-based Medtronic's sales team's job is to encourage surgeons who have tried and true procedures to get trained...
By Jonah Comstock 04:02 am June 27, 2013
Ayogo's Diabestes app for college students. Health gaming company Ayogo's CEO Michael Fergusson hinted at this week's Games for Health event in Boston that the company is working on a new game for a major pharmaceutical company, although he wasn't able to reveal any details. "I sure would like to show you this game but I didn't get clearance to show it. We're working with one of the five largest...
By Jonah Comstock 10:26 am June 26, 2013
Michael Mulvihill, CEO of ORCAS, announced that the company will be launching a new, clinically tested iOS app for depression self-management next month. ORCAS, which originally stood for Oregon Center for Applied Science, was founded in 1989 as a research organization looking into ways people could use technology to improve their own health. The organization has been developing a number of...
By Jonah Comstock 08:43 am June 26, 2013
This year marks the ninth Games For Health conference, an event which has long paid particular attention to mobile health gaming. But Ben Sawyer, the event's organizer and arguably the biggest name in health gaming, says the mobile health gaming industry is "still in pre-season." "The software's evolving, but no one seems to be running away with anything," Sawyer said in the opening address of...