5 Ways Hospitals Are Using Experiential Design to Make Their Hospital Stays Better

More and more hospitals are focusing on the experience of a hospital visit to understand how they can help patients feel more comfortable during their stay. They are using a process called design thinking, which means they research the process of an ordinary hospital stay and use that information to curate an experience that is extraordinary. This helps patients interpret hospital situations differently, and come away feeling less fearful or frustrated.

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Anna KonsonComment
The New Pokémon Go: 10 Ways To Use Wizards Unite in Child Life

In July 2016, Pokémon Go was released and created a paradigm shift in the way that we think about gaming and its usage. Pokémon Go got people to get up, move around, go outside, and explore. It was played at weddings, at the dentist, on planes, in bathrooms… and in hospitals

Now, in 2018, the next huge wave is coming: Nintendo is launching Wizards Unite, a Harry Potter-themed game with similar gameplay to Pokémon Go.

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Child Life Heroes: "My Favorite Person In The Hospital"

Twenty years ago, the Child Life program had just launched at Providence Children’s Hospital (PCH) in El Paso, TX, but the current Child Life Specialist was about to leave the hospital for another position. As he was wrapping up his time at PCH, he asked a volunteer at the hospital named Peggy Schuster if she’d be interested in working as a Child Life Specialist. Peggy thought about it and said “OK, I’ll try it.” Little did she know how much she’d grow to love her new line of work.

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Child Life Heroes: Overcoming Challenges with Play

“It was awful. Screaming, yelling, trying to bite, kick, and punch.” Michelle watched as the boy did everything he could to escape doing his physical therapy exercises. She wasn’t sure how to help, but she needed to figure out something quickly.

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Designing Perception: Augmenting Perspectives

So, how do we design experiences for augmented reality?

The answer sounds monumental; We transform the user’s perspective of what is happening in their world at that moment.

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Anna KonsonComment
Empowering the Present Moment

Augmented reality technology can sometimes seem like a gimmick or a distraction. Here are three things that our business intern Richard Nguyen learned about how augmented reality can actually create a deeper presence emotionally for people and patients.

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Jake DerryComment
Designing Perception: Why is Design Important for Augmented Reality?

The power of augmented reality has become so encompassing that it allows us to perceive our reality in an impossible way. It lets us suspend disbelief, if just for a moment, to be absorbed into an alternate world. With augmented reality tools, we are able to see characters from entirely different worlds right in front of us. But how are we so willing to believe the unbelievable?

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Anna KonsonComment
Child Life Heroes: Serving Patients Under Pressure

One four-year-old boy and his mom will forever be grateful for Brindi Dalton. Brindi is a certified child life specialist (CCLS) at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach, and one day she was visiting this little boy’s patient room.

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SpellBound Presents: Charlotte and the Quiet Place

Whether it’s sitting in a rambunctious classroom, walking through a crowded park, or waiting in a hospital waiting room before a procedure, it’s not hard for children to become overwhelmed and anxious by the many distressing environments they encounter.

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Jake DerryComment
Augmented Reality vs. Virtual Reality for Child Life Teams

b As the SpellBound team talks with child life professionals around the country, we're meeting more and more teams who are trying to weigh the advantages of augmented reality (AR) versus virtual reality (VR) for their work. Which of these cutting-edge technologies are the right choice for a child life team?

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SpellBound Values: Start With Understanding

It's not about being right. It's about understanding. It's great advice for anyone attempting to solve a big, messy problem - politicians, entrepreneurs, and healthcare staff, among others. It's also a phrase I've heard often during my year working at SpellBound.

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Christina YorkComment
Superhero Princess and the Power of Play

She wore a princess gown, but that wasn’t fun enough: she wanted a superhero cape, too. And with the cape, of course, she wanted someone to push her wheelchair around the hospital at high speed, so that she could feel like she was flying! As tired and sick as she was, the playful spirit bubbling out of her was heartwarming and unmistakable.

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Mixed, virtual, augmented: the realities of therapy

There are many names out there for alternate digital realities. With all those names come even more possibilities for using these technologies for therapeutic benefit. But to understand the value of these technologies for therapists, we first need to be clear about what they are.

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Christina YorkComment
3 reasons why augmented reality is an effective therapeutic tool

Augmented reality, as a technology just starting to impact mainstream life, has opened up a lot of possibilities in many industries. For healthcare, BCC insights predicts the NA market for mobile-based augmented reality to be $1.24B by 2020[1] and Goldman Sachs puts the total AR/VR market at $80B by 2025. But these stats don’t give much insight into why AR is better than current practices to serve markets like healthcare. So why is AR so great as a therapeutic tool?

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Christina YorkComment
5 Uses for Augmented Reality in Children's Hospitals

While the Pokemon Go phenomenon may be cooling down, we’ve seen some intriguing follow-on effects of what AR can do for kids in hospital. Pokemon Go got kids, sick and healthy alike, up and walking, tracking down elusive digital experiences. AR, when administered by child life specialists, occupational therapists, and physical therapists, can be used in a safe and effective way. Here are the five ways I predict AR will bring the greatest value to patients, their therapists, their families, as well as hospitals.

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Christina YorkComment
Pokémon Go and the Brave New (AR) World

It’s been a strange new world for me since Pokémon Go was launched. As someone rather invested in the augmented reality (AR) world, I was professionally interested. As someone who had nostalgia for the game and TV show, I was personally interested. What I didn’t expect was the attention that Pokémon Go started getting my company, SpellBound. I started receiving calls from the media, asking to talk with an AR expert about Pokémon Go. When I was doing interviews about my business, the topic always came up. When I was pitching my business, I no longer received blank stares when I used the term augmented reality.  Pokémon Go has impacted the world in a lot of ways (economically, socially, health-wise, etc.), but here’s my take on the impact it is having for the AR world in general, and more specifically, for AR startups.

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Christina YorkComment
Let The Madness Begin!

Chicago. Ann Arbor. Orlando. Philadelphia. Santa Clara. All in the span of four weeks.

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Putting an amazing 'X' into PX and UX

As we continue to develop SpellBound MED, I am regularly struck by the similarities between user experience (UX) and patient experience (PX).

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Christina YorkComment
Piloting

The first time I ever talked with a child life specialist, it was an accident. 

I was on a start up mission: to ask parents about how technology fits into their family life. It was my 17th customer discovery interview, and her name was Anne. When I had finished with my inquiries, Anne asked me why I was asking these questions. I hadn't told her about SpellBound. I happened to have a book on me and launched the app. I didn't say a word. I just let her play with it for a second. She was silent and then looked up and said, "I think you need to talk to my boss."

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My Happy Place

Last week, I got to visit my happy place and witness a most awe inspiring moment - all because of a very technical meeting we had scheduled for that afternoon. 

Christina and I were gloriously early for a meeting with JJ Bouchard, The Mott Golf Classic Digital Media Manager at The University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.  JJ is a certified child life specialist and certified therapeutic recreation therapist. We were there to meet him because JJ is our champion for bringing augmented reality into the hospital as part of a pilot project with SpellBound.

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