Could gamification be a secret to cutting costs?
Dr. Jeffrey Burns, of Boston Children's Hospital, was inspired by watching his 15-year-old son gaming with players outside the country. Wondering why he couldn't share knowledge with colleagues working in other parts of the world, he embarked on an initiative to build a community-centric learning lab and platform with a social wrapper around simulations and training modules. The result: OpenPediatrics, a demonstration of gamification for distant training. Using OpenPediatrics, which Boston Children's developed in conjunction with IBM, surgeons can now participate in a shared virtual surgery, and if the particular patient has a unique set of needs the simulation changes and becomes part of the community forum. From there, the data is indexed at a very granular level for fast retrieval.
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