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Breathing Games Joins Open Source Initiative
Unique community of heath care professionals and open source developers collaborate to transform breathing therapy into games
By: The Open Source Initiative
With one person in five now affected by chronic respiratory diseases-asthma, obstructive disease, and cystic fibrosis among many others-creating effective and engaging patient therapies is an increasingly challenging public health care issue. Patients, especially children, often perceive effective, traditional breathing exercises as boring and tedious. Poor patient compliance results in additional hospitalizations and increased costs. Research shows health-based gaming delivers promising results in positively changing behaviors and influencing health care practices.
To extend services and improve outcomes to these patients, Breathing Games fosters collaboration and contributions between stakeholders - health care providers, patient associations, universities and industry - by creating open source gaming software and devices for repository therapy.
"Once again, exemplified by Breathing Games' work, we see how open source software and the inherent qualities of open source development-
"Global challenges can only be met if people and organizations collaborate. We believe open source is an essential framework for building sustainable, high-performance applications,"
The OSI Affiliate Member Program (http://opensource.org/
About Breathing Games
Breathing Games transforms breathing therapy into games. As a community hosted by local non-profit structures (the Canadian Academy for the Knowledge Economy in Quebec and the Praneo Foundation in Switzerland)
About The Open Source Initiative
Founded in 1998, the Open Source Initiative protects and promotes open source by providing a foundation for community success. It champions open source in society through education, infrastructure and collaboration. The OSI is a California public benefit corporation, with 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For more information about the OSI, please visit: https://opensource.org.