On Call Honored with Best in Show at the Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase

Emergency room simulation On Call has won "Best in Show" at the Serious Games and Virtual Environments Showcase at the 2013 SSIH International Meeting for Simulation in Healthcare in Orlando, Florida. The game was developed jointly by the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Becker College, and the Massachusetts Digital Games Institute.

On Call is a multiplayer game that allows students to use social network-style game mechanics to play different medical team roles in a fast-paced setting. While in those roles they are charged with assessing, evaluating, and treating patients while paying heed to important factors such as time, efficiency, and available resources.

In a statement, MassDiGI executive director Timothy Loew said that the game was a joint effort that included students from Becker College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Springfield College, Mt. Holyoke College, and Berklee College of Music, with support from UMMS experts and game industry professionals during MassDiGI’s 2012 Summer Innovation Program at Becker College in Worcester.

After some further testing to iron out any kinks in the game, Loew says that the game will be commercialized.

Source: Boston Globe


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