Panacea Gaming Platform:
Setting a world standard in gaming for special populations
Children with disabilities represent 13-15% of the paediatric population. For the elderly
population, this figure is 40%. The incidence rate of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD),
meanwhile, has increased by 600% in the last ten years. Gamification (the use of gaming
elements in non-gaming contexts) offers a means for those affected to practice skills such
as memory and social interactions. In turn, this benefits those within their circle of care,
their practitioners and the developers that create such games. The resultant research,
standardisation and applications can create systemic enhancements in how conditions such as
dementia and autism are treated, improving quality of life and saving billions.
When attempting to assist vulnerable individuals while reducing healthcare costs,
interventions must be efficient, sustainable and broadly applicable. Panacea Gaming
Platform’s (PGP) clinical gamification – including guidelines, stakeholder matchmaking and
application evaluation – presents a solution as it will lead to new serious healthcare games
being developed based on the scientific methodologies and guidelines developed during the
The Panacea Gaming
Platform (PGP) is an international collaboration of software developers,
researchers, industry leaders, and clinical experts. The PGP’s partners have completed
important, foundational work for the serious healthcare gaming industry. They have also
designed three evidence-based Serious Games and two gamified health apps.
PGP’s significance lies in its clinical, personal and societal benefits: the opportunity to
bring healthcare to individuals themselves, relieving the burden on hospitals and allowing
those with disabilities to personalise their therapy and improve their quality of life. As
the cost to care for individuals with autism is between USD 1.4 and 2.3 million per person,
applications that offer earlier diagnosis and more effective treatment have the potential to
create enormous savings.
Furthermore, the PGP developed a new quality standard for the game/app development
industries; a revolutionary assurance and scoring model called TERCA (Technology,
Engagement, Research, Clinical Foundations and Accessibility). TERCA offers a quality
certification service and seal-of-approval program designed exclusively for serious
healthcare applications; including virtual reality worlds, social networks, online games,
mobile games/apps, educational services and other similar services that are accessible via
interactive media. The revolutionary nature of this domain is
underpinned by the fact that currently no standards exist. PGP is thus pursuing
standardisation for TERCA in all countries involved, establishing best practices to ensure
that the model continues to reflect developments within the field.
The project’s commercial spin-off (Kids Digital Health) acts as a trusted voice and uses
advanced technology and state-of-the-art methodologies to provide the best recommendations
for those with disabilities and their families.
ITEA 3 project
Panacea Gaming Platform