What I´m up to now

I was in Utrecht, for Games For Health Europe, a few weeks ago, and had this great interview there. It gives me the opportunity to explain in detail about my company PlayBenefit, about Benergy (our first mobile app that’s about to come to life), and how I got until here 😉 Hope you enjoy it!

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FDA expects to have a medical app guidance by end of 2013

The FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) expects to have a regulation for mobile health applications by the end of 2013. As they say, it will be restricted to those applications that are considered a medical device. Medical device apps include those that monitor the patient’s vital signs, as would be blood pressure or blood glucose.
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La FDA espera tener regulaciones para aplicaciones de salud móvil para finales del 2013

La FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) espera tener para finales de 2013 regulación sobre las aplicaciones de Salud móvil. Según dicen, van a restringirse en esas aplicaciones que se consideran un “medical device”, es decir, un aparato médico. Esas incluyen las que monitorean signos vitales en el paciente, como por ejemplo la glucosa en sangre.
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Games for Health 2012!

On December 1st 2011 I started this blog. My second post was about an important initiative in which I really believed: the first edition of Games for Health Europe.

Now, several months later and after a lot of hard work, I have just found out that I will be a speaker in that congress. I can barely put into words what this oportunity means to me, being such a believer in the cause and the need. I thought that such an occasion deserved a peek preview on my blog, so here’s what I will be talking about in the Games for Health 2012 conference.

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Digital evolution and different ways of seeing it

Hello!

This is a very short post and not really thought, but I saw something and I wanted to share it with all of you, maybe you find it an interesting debate as well.

So I came across a widely spread video about the “Google Glasses” which is pretty cool, it’s like having a smartphone with voice recognition, GPS and so on but implemented on your glasses so it reproduces all the information you need instantly in front of your eyes instead of the mobile. Most of you will have seen this video before:

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What is Gamification?

Gamification is a concept taken from video games and it refers to the use of game design techniques and game mechanics to turn tasks/work into a fun experience. Today we can find the gamification context applied pretty much everywhere, from social media, marketing, business, education, health… It’s used in different contexts to motivate users to shop, learn, work, etc.

This concept was born around 2004 to gain popularity in 2007 to become a trend in 2010. Even though it’s a concept that’s quite developed and studied nowadays, and that there are many who have managed to do wonderful things with it, there’s still many who think gamification is about adding a badge system and achievements. There are many examples of gamification, I’ll leave you with a couple less commercial which hit closer to home for many of us.

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What is Exergaming?

A while ago we had a meeting-party with some nurses that are Twitter users (a Tweet party!) organized by the Innovation Technologies group which I’m part of, for the Official Nurse College in Barcelona. It was a great evening, I got to meet many great people that want and see the need to apply new technologies and their potential in hospitals, primary care centers and healthcare in general.

Towards the end, we all had our 5 minutes of glory to share what we were currently working on or our personal interest in ICT. When I mentioned my interest for exergaming platforms I saw many faces that were telling me they had no idea what it was, so I was encouraged to do a little entry on my blog about it.
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Apps for smartphones

The Mobile World Congress opened the doors yesterday in Barcelona, this year with special attention in smartphone apps. Healthcare apps. are gaining importance and relevance in the sector and I’m sure they will surprise us with many novelties this 2012. To celebrate, I’ll share with you some of my favourite health apps.

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Apps para smartphones

Hoy en Barcelona ha empezado el Mobile World Congress, un congreso en el que van a tener en especial importancia las aplicaciones para smartphones. Las aplicaciones para la salud van ganando protagonismo poco a poco en el sector y estoy segura que nos sorprenderán con muchas novedades para este año 2012. Para celebrarlo, voy a enseñaros las aplicaciones para la salud que tengo en mi lista de favoritas, sin orden de preferencia pues si están aquí es que me gustan.

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