Medical Video Games

Medical Video Games; Two to three times a week, the UCSF/Stanford-trained internist and founder of the Turntable Health primary care clinic is on his smartphone playing video games. Damania isn’t seeking a diversion by parachuting into a “Fortnite” battle royale. Instead, ZDoggMD, as he’s known by his pseudonym as a producer of health care videos and live shows, is among the 400,000 medical professionals practicing the craft of medicine through a series of games from Level Ex, a Chicago video games developer whose titles are specially design for doctors, med students and other health care providers.

Level Ex also relies on more than 150 physician advisers with pedigrees from Harvard, Stanford, Northwestern and elsewhere who submit cases and ensure the accuracy of the challenges. To the laymen, the computer generate graphics look realistic; so down to how blood changes color; so when it mixes with other bodily fluids or how the patient swells or breathes. But with sound effects, music, the use of color and certain controls, there are allowances made for the gaming environment.

Medical Video Games players

In a Pulm Ex case base on a real-life incident, a patient is a carpenter who accidentally inhaled a nail. The nail punctured the wall of the trachea. A doctor/player trying to remove the nail in this complex case; this can consult actual chest X-rays and CT scans. Doctors trying solve Cardio Ex cases might have to figure out which configurable stents; also balloons and atherectomy drills are require to restore the flow of blood to the heart.

As part of the various scenarios, players are score on speed, tissue trauma, loss of blood and, of course; so the accuracy of the procedure and whether the patient survives. Doctors can compete against other physicians or themselves. And yes, as with other video games; also players can compare their results to the top scores.

Dr. Eric Gantwerker divides his time between being Level Ex’s vice president and medical director and his medical practice as a pediatric ear, nose and throat surgeon. He jokes that he sometimes tells parents of patients or the patients themselves that he’s perfect his craft playing video games.

Design for doctors

Though the free app games are design for doctors and others in the medical field; also include their share of medical jargon anyone can play them. If you’re about to have a colonoscopy; so you might get a sense of what you’re about to go through by playing, Gantwerker says. Since Level Ex combines game play and education; so the designers must balance the rewards that come with doing well against making it challenging enough to keep players interest.

Meanwhile, since Level Ex games are just that games they’re meant to be fun; hence even if the back story to cases may involve real life-and-death situations. There’s actually a big discussion in all of the simulation world; also even in games about losing a patient and what that effect is on the provider or the person playing the game,” Gantwerker says.

They give you the opportunity to take on very serious scenarios; but being able to do it in an environment where there’s no consequences means you can try different approaches, Glassenberg says. One of the best ways to learn is to fail. I would much rather fail on a virtual patient than a live one.