Virtual Health Pet
Country of Operation
- Atech FoundationNot-for-profit
SummaryVirtual Health Pet uses a special program designed for cell phones to remind patients in Brazil to take their medications.
This program seeks to improve medication compliance and assess patient health through reminders and health monitoring.
Key program components
Virtual Health Pet took advantage of the popularity of the Japanese Tamagotchi virtual pets to improve medication compliance and patient health in Brazil. The virtual health pet, a J2ME software application running on the patient’s mobile phone and linked to an electronic health records system, interacts with the patient to remind them to take their medications on time and to monitor their overall health. Alerts are sent out to caregivers or emergency services if the patient does not respond to its pet’s messages in a timely manner. Because the software is linked to an electronic health records system, the Virtual Health Pet is able to both collect patient data and to provide the patient with near real-time information from their medical team. _**Technology Info**_ _Purpose:_ Facilitating Patient Communications (Patient Compliance)
The Virtual Health Pet won a Special Jury Award at Simagine 2006. The project is no longer active according to Fabiane Nardon, the developer of the project.