When a company launches with the tag – ‘it is time to bring a smile to healthcare, ‘I can’t help feeling a little suspicious, but I might make an exception for a new start up called Tonic Health. It has pioneered a new way of collecting data from patients using the iPad and a concept called Gamification.
Gamification is a process by which companies aim to make things simpler and more fun by turning them into a game. The theory runs that we all love playing games and much of what we do in life is like a game, so why not turn dull things like patient data collection into something more fun?
So Tonic Health offers healthcare providers custom-build their questionnaires, surveys or in-take forms all available on the iPad. The questionnaires can be customised by changing templates, images, and questions relating to specific conditions.
The company says that the system works well even with the elderly and low-education patients, and the data collected is secure and easily transferred to hospital computers. The system is currently being used in hospitals in California.
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