At the moment 194 million people around the world are affected by diabetes. A doctor at the University of Washington is working with game developers to create an interface that reaches young people with diabetes where they are: on the phone or playing video games.
Dr. Harold Goldberg, 56, an admitted gadget geek and parent of two young adults, said the Game Cube interface is a logical next step from his work with adult diabetes patients through their desktop computers.
Goldberg and three grad students are working with six industry partners, including Nintendo and game designer Realtime Associates of El Segundo, Calif., to create a new medical interface. For example, Nintendo created a hand-free controller a few years ago that allows people with disabilities to play video games. They also put together a â€œfun centerâ€ that moves a Game Cube and a DVD player around hospitals on a rolling cart for patient entertainment.
1. Gamification in Healthcare - Creating a diabetes management game using game mechanics and interfaces can engage and educate young people with diabetes.
2. Mobile Health (mhealth) - Utilizing mobile phones as a platform to reach and support individuals with diabetes can improve accessibility and convenience of diabetes management.
3. Collaborative Partnerships in Medical Innovation - Working with industry partners like Nintendo and game designers can bring together diverse expertise to create innovative medical interfaces.
1. Gaming - The gaming industry has the potential to revolutionize healthcare by creating engaging and interactive solutions for disease management.
2. Healthcare Technology - The integration of gaming interfaces into healthcare technology can enhance patient engagement and improve health outcomes.
3. Medical Devices - Developing innovative medical interfaces, such as hand-free controllers, opens up opportunities to improve accessibility and inclusivity in healthcare.