Health Games Database Launched

Apr 15, 2010, 1:54 AM, Posted by RWJF Blog Team

Earlier this week, Health Games Research (HGR), a national program of the Pioneer Portfolio, unveiled a searchable database tracking more than 1,200 resources related to digital health games. This online tool allows researchers, game developers, health professionals, educators, funding agencies and policy makers to access in one place a wide-ranging compilation of health games, research findings, publications, organizations and events in this growing field.

Several important studies have already found that health games have significant impacts on players’ health, but more research is needed. As such, we’re excited about the potential this database has to provide insight into how different people process various health game elements. Hopefully it will lead to improved collaboration and – ultimately – the development of games that make a real difference in people’s health and the quality of care they receive.

We encourage you to check back in the next couple of days for more thoughts on health games from Paul Tarini and HGR National Program Director Debra Lieberman.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF Pioneering Ideas blog.