Wired wrote an article about Games for Health 2013, a conference that “explores the intersection of videogames + health”. The conference brought in speakers who shared their own gamification perspectives and experiences. Wired’s article covered the conference and also made a reference to GeckoCap.
“With GeckoCap, a similarly gamified environment is used to encourage children to be more compliant in their asthma care. Asthma patients are typically treated with a maintenance inhaler for daily use, and an emergency inhaler for more severe cases. As a former physician, GeckoCap’s CEO Yechiel Engelhard saw that since patients would usually feel fine, children would often under-utilize the maintenance inhalers and overuse the emergency inhalers, putting their health at risk. Engelhard identified three main challenges: clinicians didn’t have an accurate enough view of actual inhaler use, parents had minimal control over their child’s inhaler use at school, and children saw no real incentive for compliance. To address this, Engelhard created special caps for inhalers that glow when it’s time for a new dose, and transmit usage data to inform parents and clinicians with when the inhalers are actually used, and how soon they’ll run empty. Parents can then use the system to set up rewards for proper use.”
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