Game On! – Using gaming technology for improving healthcare
May 2, 2016

Singapore’s National Healthcare Group (NHG) is looking for apps and games that could help them in understanding illnesses.

The National Healthcare Group in Singapore is asking its staff to connect and work with developers through a program called the Health Innovation Technology (HIT) Challenge that will aid them in developing games and apps that would help them better understand patients with diseases and how to treat them.

“The Health Innovation Technology (HIT) Challenge is a nationwide contest for healthcare professionals to submit competition entries that identify real healthcare problems and present solutions that are innovative, engaging and sustainable, contributing to the Smart Nations Initiative in Singapore,” it said in a statement.

The purpose is not to develop a new technology but simply working with something that is already existing, working with users to see how it can be beneficial to them, healthcare-wise.

Studies showed that some patients tend to provide better results in treatment when it include some form of gameplay. And while initially, younger patients tend to be interested more in the said treatment, eventually every age bracket was keen on joining in the trial.

The after the elimination round, the top 10 teams that manage to go through the semi-finals will move on to the finals which will be held in September. Prizes will include cash and other grants to help them continue developing their prototypes.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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