Nemours among Orlando hospitals turning to video games for help

Posted on April 14, 2018  in Video Games

The usually conservative healthcare industry in Central Florida has turned to local video game makers to discover new ways to teach patients about disease and other health-related issues, potentially saving lives in the process.

It’s an effort to reach young people where they spend a good portion of their time: on connected devices.

“It took the telephone 75 years to get 50 million users,” said Dr. Shayan Vyas, telehealth director of the CareConnect program at Nemours Children’s Hospital. “Angry Birds captured that in 35 days. The traditional way of doing things is not scalable.”

That is the reasoning behind the three-day MeGa Health Jam, an event that runs through Sunday with teams of programmers building games and demonstrating them.

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