Health Games - Modern Tools for Enhancing Patient Adherence


  • Sameer Bhaskar GOKHALE Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd.
  • Madhura Sameer GOKHALE EpiCube Innovations


Patient adherence, Smart phone, Physician-patient relation, Gamification, Health information technology


Low patient adherence remains a major public health challenge globally and imposes a considerable economic burden on healthcare systems. It is critical to develop an effective intervention to improve patient adherence. Factors such as physician-patient relation, patient's health literacy, attitude, cultural variations, and patient’s involvement in decision making are responsible for improving adherence. Information technology has revolutionized almost all industries including healthcare but its use has not shown its full promise to boost adherence. Recent developments in smart phone market penetration, gamification, and easy to navigate user experience have made it possible for healthcare providers to effectively connect with patients using innovative ways enabled by technology. Leveraging on this fact, healthcare industry should be focusing on development and use of interactive health games. Indication-wise games can be developed in collaboration with physicians, academics, thought leaders and experienced media companies. In summary, gamification mayeffectively be used to improve patient adherence.

Author Biographies

Sameer Bhaskar GOKHALE, Accenture Services Pvt. Ltd.

Health Economics Health Outcomes

Madhura Sameer GOKHALE, EpiCube Innovations

Qualitative Research - EpiCube Innovations (Healthcare industry)




How to Cite

GOKHALE SB, GOKHALE MS. Health Games - Modern Tools for Enhancing Patient Adherence. Appl Med Inform [Internet]. 2015 Jun. 23 [cited 2024 May 28];36(2):51-6. Available from:



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