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Digital games gain traction for improving health

Healthcare IT News, August 11, 2009

Digital games are one of the latest tools being used to improve health outcomes, according to Carleen Hawn, co-founder and editor of Healthspottr.com. Virtual realities, computer simulations, and online play are among the games gaining traction, Hawn says, adding that health-related digital games have an "immense" potential for growth in the digital game market. According to PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the worldwide market for game hardware and software generated $42 billion in revenues in 2007 and will grow to an estimated $68 billion by 2012. Currently, digital health games generate an estimated $6.6 billion.