The call for transformation in healthcare is getting louder. Patients, medical professionals and other committed stakeholders want to shift the focus from fighting sickness to restoring and promoting happiness and wellbeing. A fundamental change of attitude and systemic structures is required. Are we able to realise this transformation and how? Will serious games be the transformers?
For everybody involved, occupied or employed in innovative and/or daily processes in the healthcare, medical or wellbeing sector; for those who work in governments, municipalities or health insurance organisations; for those in any way interested or involved in the applied game industry. All are most welcome to join the discussion, to become inspired or to exchange ideas at Games for Health Europe 2017.
Many serious games have been created to be applied in healthcare, in cure or in associated areas. In general, patients’ reactions are enthusiastic, their experiences are positive. On the other hand, medical professionals are reluctant to apply or even prescribe games in their daily practice. Why is this? Because they are not convinced about the effects of applied games. After all, they believe, games are for fun, not for a serious matter as healthcare. At this years’ conference special attention will be payed to validation in presentations and workshops. And there will be many opportunities for participants to play and test. Come and experience that games for health actually work!
For (BIG registered) Dutch care providers, the Games for Health Europe Conference was recent years accredited with 6 points per day by ABAN (Accreditatie Bureau Algemene Nascholing). Accreditation for 2017 is in progress.