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Anxiety-Alleviating Hospital Apps

The UnMonsters App Helps Pediatric Patients Stay Calm

— November 21, 2016 — Tech
In order to alleviate the anxiety that comes from sitting in a hospital waiting room, Tampa's St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital teamed up with design firm Haneke Design to create an interactive app called 'UnMonsters.' As "the first hospital-based game app in the country," UnMonsters sets a new precedent for treating pediatric patients.

UnMonsters is a mobile app for kids that can be played on a smartphone or tablet. The game itself is set in a hospital and the goal is to capture all the different creatures lurking in each room. In addition to catching monsters, players must also answer health-related questions each round, which add an educational component to the game. There is even a social feature that allows kids to play with other patients in the hospital.

The idea behind the new app is to make children more comfortable in a hospital setting by giving them a distraction that alleviates anxiety and keeps them entertained.
Trend Themes
1. Interactive Hospital Apps - The development of interactive apps for hospitals offers a disruptive innovation opportunity to alleviate anxiety and provide entertainment for patients.
2. Gamification in Healthcare - The integration of gaming elements in healthcare apps creates a disruptive innovation opportunity to engage patients and make their experience more enjoyable.
3. Social Connectivity in Pediatric Healthcare - The inclusion of social features in pediatric healthcare apps presents a disruptive innovation opportunity to connect patients and provide a sense of community during hospital stays.
Industry Implications
1. Healthcare Technology - The healthcare technology industry can benefit from developing innovative apps that improve patient experiences and outcomes.
2. Mobile Gaming - The mobile gaming industry has an opportunity to expand into the healthcare sector by creating entertaining and educational apps for patients.
3. Pediatric Healthcare - The pediatric healthcare industry can embrace interactive apps to create a more positive and engaging hospital experience for young patients.
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