I’ve had a storied career, well maybe not storied but an interesting one I should think. Well maybe not interesting but at least I ain’t pick’n cotton. Not there is anything wrong with picking cotton I’m just not doing it. Anyway…
Today was an awesome day at work. I had the chance to do something that I’ve wanted to do for along time. I installed a Wii at work. Yes that is right a Wii. Now before you go all filled with blue-haired righteous old school indignation let me provide a few factoids about the Wii.
- Wii is in use by the VA for rehabilitation of injured veterans
- Wii is in use by nursing facilities to promote cognitive and physical exercise.
- Early research indicates surgeons who ‘practice’ on the Wii have a marked improvement in hand-eye coordination over those who have not.
- Wii is in use by physical therapist for rehabilitation.
- The Wii is fun!
Ok maybe point five is subjective but the rest are verifiable facts. The Wii has and is delivering real health-care value. I’m very excited to work for an innovative organization that is willing to stretch beyond the traditional bound and experiment with new forms of care delivery. I first saw the potential of merging the gaming experience with healthcare shortly after the origional Xbox launched. I made it a personal crusade over the last four years to promote the use of gaming technology in health-care for member and care provider use. Today was a small step of seeing that vision come to fruition. I eagerly await our next steps.