Today at Seattle’s Space Needle, frog design kicked off “Changing the Game,” a health conference in partnership with the Innovation Learning Network, where front-line innovators and leaders in healthcare will explore how to take advantage of gaming ideas and principles to inspire innovation in the serious world of healthcare. The morning was about breaking in the skeptics and getting them to expand their understanding of how gaming can be used to actually create change. frog’s Director of Business Development Teaque Lenahan coaxed the apprehensive luddites critics , with a nod from the Journal of American Medicine that states, “Health games represent an emerging tool that must be considered by community health centers, accountable care organizations, and patient centered medical homes.”
We recently had the opportunity to participate in a one day hacking4health developer challenge held at the HealthTap offices in Palo Alto, CA. HealthTap partnered with Health 2.0 and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to hold the event.
The challenge was to take recently released health data by the US government and other sources to create useful applications with health impact. A wide variety of data sets were made available ranging from county health rankings, to food environment indicators, to hospital outcome of care measures, just to name a few.
"More than 200 developers, designers, physicians and architects (some of whom were more than one of the above) participated in the event in HealthTap’s offices in Palo Alto. Over 35 teams were formed to create apps based on the newly released data, and 18 of them continued to code and submitted proposals for final judging at the end of the day."