Webinar: Conversations that Drive and Sustain Change: Can Talking with Virtual Humans Change Behavior?

From September 18, 2014 12:00 pm until September 18, 2014 1:00 pm Save to calendar

At Population Health Alliance 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest #700, Washington, DC 20004, USA

Posted by Isabel Estrada

Categories: Webinars


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Today’s complex healthcare environment is challenging patients, caregivers and health professionals to transition into new roles and responsibilities.  Consumers must become active and engaged participants for prevention of disease, wellness and during acute and chronic illness. Healthcare professionals—physicians, nurses and pharmacists-- are working in new patient-centered care models with increasing expectations to focus on a wider clinical care continuum.  The capture of data exposes healthcare leaders to risk from the capture and analysis of real-time and patient-reported clinical, financial and professional behavior information.  Challenging conversations are happening all across the service and care continuum.  Coaches and nurses are on the phone with high-risk individuals; professionals are engaging patients in traditional and new delivery settings; and consumers are being asked to participate in shared decision making as individuals, patients and caregivers.

Virtual Humans have been used in healthcare as simple agents capturing and providing information.  Today, however, Virtual Humans are getting more personal and intelligent, extending beyond traditional healthcare settings, and going mobile.  This presentation will introduce members of the Population Health Alliance to Kognito, a leader in immersive learning experiences that bring about sustained change in health behaviors. For more than a decade, the company’s award-winning online and mobile simulations use emotionally responsive virtual humans in realistic conversations to build empathy, trust, knowledge and the motivation to change and sustain change. The Kognito Conversation PlatformTM incorporates principles of neuroscience, social cognition and game mechanics. Kognito partners with corporations, government and non-profits, and its programs are used by more than 450 organizations in 47 states. Founded in 2003, Kognito is the only company with simulations that are listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). 

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn about virtual humans and what research tells us about their efficacy in changing health behaviors
  • What neuroscience, social cognition and emotional self-regulation tells us about best practices
  • Experience mobile and online demos of recent consumer and physician-focused uses of The Kognito Conversation PlatformTM
  • How Population Health Alliance members can partner with Kognito 


Ron Goldman Ron Goldman, Co-Founder and CEO, Kognito

Ron Goldman is an innovator, tech executive and social entrepreneur. Ron co-founded and has served as CEO of Kognito since 2003 where he has pioneered the use of gaming and simulation technology for learning experiences in health, behavioral health and education. Ron has spearheaded and commercialized ground-breaking simulation technology integrating The Kognito Conversation PlatformTM with principles of neuroscience, social cognition and game mechanics.

 He has been a principal investigator and co-author of several articles published in peer-reviewed journals. His work has contributed to the listing of three Kognito simulations in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Ron is a member of the advisory board of the Games for Health Journal. He is a frequently requested speaker at conferences about the intersection of gaming and health, the efficacy of role-play conversations and behavior change with virtual humans and growth and leadership in entrepreneurial environments. He has spoken, by invitation, at the White House, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and other government agencies and industry conferences.

Glenn Albright Glenn Albright, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Director of Research, Kognito

Dr. Albright is a clinical psychologist who received his Ph.D. from City University of New York, in the area of Experimental Cognition with an emphasis in neuropsychology and applied psychophysiology. He is Co-Founder and Director of Research at Kognito and former chair of the Department of Psychology at Baruch College, CUNY. Dr. Albright’s skill in classroom delivery is underscored by Presidential Excellence awards in teaching from Baruch and NYU. At Kognito, Dr. Albright directs a team of researchers for evaluating the impact of Kognito’s programs to bring about changes in knowledge, skills, self-efficacy and behavior. His research has led to dozens of publications and resulted in three of Kognito’s simulations being placed in the National Registry of Evidenced Based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

Dr. Albright’s work has led to two important manuscripts, one that determined the construct validity of items used to measure the impact of gatekeeper suicide prevention training, which is greatly needed in the areas of mental health risk management. The second is a meta-analytic study that demonstrated a robust effect size in a population of over 10,000 users who completed one of five Kognito training courses. He is a well-recognized speaker at research, mental health and health industry conferences.


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