The application of game mechanics and techniques in business is rising. According to research firm Gartner,
The healthcare industry is also enthusiastically embracing gamification to boost patient care and treatment outcomes. Mobile games is being used not only to bring behavioral improvements in patients but also to train staff in better care. According to consulting firm ICF International, three trends are driving gamification in healthcare: the shift to value-based care, the growing role of the patient as consumer, and the mobile armed millennial generation.
So, how are healthcare providers using gamification to their advantage?
A blog post by [x]cube GAMES titled “5 MOBILE GAME CATEGORIES FOR THE HEALTHCARE INDUSTRY” lists outs popular categories of gamification in healthcare like-
1) Cognitive and Emotional Health
2) Participatory Health
3) Active Gaming and Fitness (Motion Gaming)
4) Rehabilitation Games
5) Medical Training
Gamification has travelled a lot from being driven by novelty and hype to serious applications and obvious benefits to the enterprises. And, with more developments in gaming and enabling technologies, gamification in healthcare will get a much broader adoption in future.
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