Games for Health | Can online and mobile games improve patient outcomes?

Gamers are everywhere. More than 180 million Americans play games online or through mobile devices—and hundreds of millions more play around the globe. It only seems natural that the healthcare profession would turn to games as a creative and engaging way to educate patients; to promote healthier lifestyles; and enhance patient compliance/adherence to prescribed medical treatments. Clinical evidence suggests that games related to health and wellness have tremendous potential to promote healthy behaviors and even improve outcomes and medical treatment adherence. I outline the impact of games on health and wellness in three chapters of mHealth Innovation: Best Practices from the Mobile Frontier (HIMSS Books, 2014).


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