Improving Health Outcomes in Young Cancer Patients

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Aug 29, 2012

Re-Mission Inspires Growth in Games for Health

Widely cited as one of the first successful health games, Re-Mission is designed to give young cancer patients a sense of power and control over their disease and help them understand why they must have certain treatments and what those treatments will do. The success of Re-Mission – to date, nearly 200,000 games have been distributed in 81 countries – has helped inspire a whole new category of games for health.

As noted in a recent Reuters article, “gamification” – turning boring, unpleasant but necessary tasks into an online game – is a new way of thinking that is gaining momentum… It's an idea that seeks to use natural human instincts – playing and learning – to help patients to get to know their illness better and adhere properly to treatment regimens or disease monitoring programs.

Re-Mission is based on the vision of HopeLab founder and board chair Pam Omidyar. Early in her career, Pam worked as a researcher in an immunology lab. As a video game enthusiast, she had the idea that a video game for teenagers with cancer might play a positive role in helping them fight their disease. HopeLab researchers worked with video game developers, cancer experts, psychologists, and young people with cancer themselves to create this groundbreaking game.

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Redwood City, CA, United States

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HopeLab Foundation

Redwood City, CA, California United States

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