Just What the Doctor Ordered: An Xbox

Spain's Basque Country has been using Microsoft's game console to monitor and treat patients with chronic illnesses.

The Xbox isn't all fun and games. It also has a role in health care. To cut down on costs, health officials in Spain's Basque Country have been caring for patients using an interactive system called Tiki, which runs on the Xbox. With the game console connected to patients' TVs, the telehealth system set up by Accenture lets medical staff consult patients in their own homes.

Tiki is used to lower costs associated with caring for patients with chronic diseases, such as arthritis, asthma, and diabetes. Chronic diseases make up 80% of patient interactions in the Basque public health care system and 77% of its total health care budget. In addition to remote monitoring and consultations, medical staff can use Tiki to prescribe medicine to patients.

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  • Adams

    Tiki is used to lower costs associated with caring for patients with chronic diseases, such as arthritis, asthma, and diabetes.

  • Charles

    Tiki is used to lower costs associated with caring for patients with chronic diseases

  • Adams

    I wonder if it's waterproof in any way, or will it collapse the first time it's used in the rain?

  • Adams

    The units are treated to be water-resistant yet still recycleable. Our next order of shelters will be refined to be completely water proofed for use by the homeless and disaster victims.

  • Charles

    Chronic diseases make up 80% of patient interactions in the Basque public health care system

  • Adams

    That gives them the sense of doing something for themselves--probably for the first time in a long time for someone in that situation.

  • Adams

    She's also working with organizations that are helping provide long-term housing