A Michigan children's hospital is dispensing a new kind of medicine—Pokémon style.
Physical, occupational and recreational therapists at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital are using the “Pokémon Go” app to liven patients' spirits, distract them from painful procedures and encourage them to exercise and socialize with other patients. In the game, players walk around in the real world searching for Pokémon characters that appear on a virtual map in the app. They catch the Pokémon by using their phone's camera.
Because most of the young patients don't own smartphones, they have been playing the game with their parents and Mott therapists.