The growing gaming trend includes the use of computer-based simulation training as well as game show platforms. According to Marc Prensky, founder and CEO of Corporate Gameware LLC, games for training in the healthcare sector overall are gaining momentum.
“The pharma industry began using games to educate physicians, patients, and consumers, as well as to train production staff, compliance officers, and other employees, as early as the 1990s,” says Mr. Prensky, who is also an author, educator, and game designer. “The whole games arena for the healthcare field has been expanding in many directions, and pharma is included in that mix. In fact, there are pharma companies that have been using games far longer than companies in some other industries.”
For example, Mr. Prensky has worked with Pfizer to develop a simulation game that explains the drug-development process…
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Rich Kelly, Communications Director, Machine Dreams, Minneapolis. For more information, visit machine-dreams.com.
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Ken Begasse Jr. Director of Client Services, Founding Partner, Concentric Healthcare Advertising, New York; Concentric is an independent agency. For more information, visit reprace.com.
Beth Bour. Associate Manager, Training and Development, Reliant Pharmaceuticals Inc., Liberty Corner, N.J.; Reliant, a privately held specialty pharmaceutical company, is focused on cardiovascular therapies. For more information, visit reliantrx.com. (Editor’s note: In November 2007, GlaxoSmithKline and Reliant Pharmaceuticals announced that the two had reached an agreement under which Reliant would be acquired by GSK for $1.65 billion [£800 million] in cash.)
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Missy Covington. Director of Communications, LearningWare, Minneapolis; LearningWare is a software provider in the training and educational markets. For more information, visit learningware.com.
Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D., CFPIM, CIRM. Professor of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, Pa.; Mr. Kapp is a consultant and scholar on learning, technology, and business operations; he also is the author of “Gadgets, Games and Gizmos for Learning.” For more information, visit karlkapp.com.
Joe Leah. Learning Solutions and Change Management Principal, Americas, IMS, Plymouth Meeting, Pa.; IMS Health is a provider of market intelligence to the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. For more information, visit imshealth.com.
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Kim Metcalf, MBA, CMR. Senior Manager, Sales Training, Celgene Corp., Summit, N.J.; Celgene is a multinational integrated biopharmaceutical company. For more information, visit celgene.com.
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Steve Woodruff. Founder and CEO, Impactiviti LLC, Boonton, N.J.; Impactiviti is a branding and sales training consulting agency focusing on healthcare and pharmaceuticals. For more information, visit impactiviti.com.