Pokémon Go for Better Health?

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Unless you have been really out of touch, the US and Canada plus much of the world is engaged in a full-out Pokémon hunt. From Squirtle to Doduo to the elusive Pikachu, the search is on!

Once you see the crowds out in public, digital device in hand, walking together and talking together, enjoying themselves while playing/engaging the digital game (tool), you pause to consider the implications.

#DigitalHealth and the many personal health tools from fitness trackers to BP monitors to telehealth applications have met with mixed results. One major gap is seeing full penetration into the population coupled with an acceptable level of true use/engagement with the products. What good is the awesome #DigitalHealth technology when adoption is far from ideal? Issues such as socioeconomic reasons for low/no access rise to the surface even as we wonder, “We are building it, will they come?”

Recent news is already full of commentary on the subject:

Pokémon Go: A Look into the Future of Health and Wellness Apps (HT @THCBstaff)

Children’s hospital using ‘Pokémon Go’ to get patients out of bed  (HT @JohnNosta)

Tearful mum thanks Pokémon Go for changing autistic boy’s life  (HT @Paul_Sonnier)

Don’t be so cynical about Pokémon Go: It’s helping people, families, businesses and cities  (HT @WTBunting)

Pokémon Go might be the fastest-growing unintentional health app (HT @athenahealth)

Let’s open this discussion while we are all involved or aware of what’s going on around us! I know the #hcldr community has great insight and we all want to hear about it.

This week on #hcldr, let’s think & talk about how Pokémon Go is impacting healthcare now and in the future.

Let’s consider where we are and where we need to be as well as the implications along with the #hcldr community of professionals, patients, clinicians, administrators, lurkers, counselors, social workers, designers, and advocates! Please join us on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 8:30pm Eastern (for your local time click here) as we discuss the following topics:

  • T1: Will (is) Pokémon Go game impact(ing) #DigitalHealth adoption, use, engagement? Share your thoughts.
  • T2: What makes Pokémon Go so very engaging and addictive in a communal and active (hit the streets) way? What lessons are here?
  • T3: What risks/dangers do you see in this latest craze? Can they be mitigated while preserving the value seen?
  • T4: What lessons / methods will you take away from this craze to apply to healthcare, access, engagement? Do share!

 

Resources

Pokémon Go: A Look into the Future of Health and Wellness Apps, The HealthCare Blog, Jonathan Halvorson, July 18, 2016.

http://thehealthcareblog.com/blog/2016/07/18/pokemon-go-a-look-into-the-future-of-health-and-wellness-apps/

Accessed July 18, 2016

 

Children’s hospital using ‘Pokémon Go’ to get patients out of bed, USA Today, Mary Bowerman, July 18, 2016.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2016/07/15/motts-childrens-hospital-michigan-pokemon-go-get-children-interacting-rooms-technology/87086698/?utm_content=bufferbfdde&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Accessed July 18, 2016

 

Tearful mum thanks Pokémon Go for changing autistic boy’s life, The Memo, Kitty Knowles, July 14, 2016.

http://www.thememo.stfi.re/2016/07/14/autism-advice-asd-advice-pokemon-go-mum-thanks-nintendo/?sf=ppajnan#ab

Accessed July 18, 2016

 

Don’t be so cynical about Pokémon Go: It’s helping people, families, businesses and cities, The Drum, Daniel Harvey, July 15, 2016.

http://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2016/07/15/dont-be-so-cynical-about-pokemon-go-its-helping-people-families-businesses-and

Accessed July 18, 2016

 

Pokémon Go might be the fastest-growing unintentional health app, mobi health news, Heather Mack, July 11, 2016.

http://mobihealthnews.com/content/pok%C3%A9mon-go-might-be-fastest-growing-unintentional-health-app?sf30889853=1

Accessed July 18, 2016

 

Image Credit Under Fair Use

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2 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Dr. Tavares' Blog on Patient Safety and Mental Health and commented:
    Re-blogging a very interesting article: “Pokémon Go for Better Health?”

  2. I think it is getting people out of the house and playing games while walking. I see a bunch of people at my local park walking while playing Pokemon Go.

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