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First International Quality Labels for Valid Games granted!

During the well-visited Congress of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare DSSH (March 19th 2014), the first First International Quality Labels for Valid Games in Healthcare are procured. This international initiative of the Dutch Society for Simulation in Healthcare is supported by academic medical centers in close collaboration with the gaming industry. It supports and stimulates the development of serious / applied games in Healthcare, and stimulates transparency in efficacy and design proces to the public. Secondly, it supports game developers building effective serious / applied games in healthcare troughout the process. The Quality Label is granted to games that are indeed able to support their claim on the efficacy of the game rightfully. As there are many games out there, the DSSH feels that transparency and disclosure on validity are essential for the public. Both patients and health care professionals must be able to trust what they use when engaging in serious gaming.

An intensive, multidisciplinary strategy was set up assess the games. A comprehensive list of criteria was developed, and used by game developers / parties to submit their game for the Quality Label. Games were played and scientifically assessed by an independent Committee, in which professionals of various discipline are represented (medical domain: physcians / medical specialists; validity experts: educational specialists and cognitive psychologists). Safety of user, transparency of goals and disclosure and support for stated effectiveness were assessed according to clinical validation / representation of the game and results in literature. A maximum of five stars can be obtained.

The DSSH wishes to Congratulate the following Games that were granted the Quality Label for Valid Games:

Two Stars: Brevissima (School of Nursing & Midwifery; Flinders University, Adelaide Australia)
Two Stars: 'Op Eigen Kracht'  (Red Jezelf ism IJsfontein)

Three Stars: abcdeSIM  (ErasmusMC ism IJsfontein)
Three Stars: Medicina (School of Nursing & Midwifery; Flinders University, Adelaide Australia)

Bas Smallenbroek ('Op Eigen Kracht') and Mary Dankbaar (abcdeSIM) with the acquired Quality Label for their Games.

Does your game deserve a Quality Label with scientific significance? Please feel free to submit your game. Read here how to obtain your Quality Label!

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Apply for the Quality Label for Validated Games now!
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We are happy to announce that  the Quality Label for Validated Games in Healthcare (QLVGH) is officially launced. For games training patients and/or practitioners it is very important that your game indeed 'does the trick'.; and may be trusted upon legitimately.


Interested in obtaining the Label for your Serious Game ? You may apply here to access the online questionnaire for accreditation, providing the DSSH with the necessary information about your serious game for review.  Also a great way to check your rationale behind the development, we strongly recoomend to use this list early on in the development of your game.

The information will be reviewed anonimously by the Committee for Serious Games of the Dutch Society of Simulation in Healthcare. We follow strict guidelines regarding your privacy. The provided information will not be published or disclosed to any other person or institution outside the Committee.

The first Quality Labels will be handed out during the annual conference of the Dutch Society of Simulation in Healthcare, March 19th, 2014!

We hope your game will be among those. If you would like your game to be amongst those, please submit your forms NO LATER THAN February 28.

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