Kognito Wins $4.8 Million Contract to Create Virtual Interview Skills Training Simulations for Veterans Health Administration

These simulations will prepare health care providers and clinicians throughout the Veterans Health Administration to effectively lead real-life conversations with patients suffering from a variety of chronic conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
In each scenario, clinicians will build their confidence and skills by engaging in conversations with virtual Kognito patients. The simulations will coach them on how to effectively interview and engage patients in positive behavior change using motivational interviewing training and the VHA TEACH framework. Overall, the simulations will support the VHA’s strategic goal of providing care that is personalized, proactive, and veteran-centered.

Kognito will develop the simulations with its proprietary and award-winning Kognito Conversation PlatformTM, a groundbreaking platform based on research in neuroscience, social cognition, and game mechanics. The platform enables users to engage in practice conversations with virtual humans that mimic real-life behavior, are coded with personality, medical condition, and specific memory, and adapt their response to user’s dialogue decisions.

Over the past 6 years, Kognito has used the platform and its behavior change methodology to build and assess the communication and engagement skills of over 1 million health care providers, educators, students, and military personnel. Five of Kognito simulations are listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), making it the only company with health simulations included in this government registry.

“We are honored to have the opportunity to enhance the VHA’s professional development efforts to provide veteran-centered care,” said Ron Goldman, Co-Founder and CEO of Kognito. “The efficacy of our simulations in building and assessing interviewing and conversation skills is well documented, and partnering with the VA National Simulation Center to bring it to scale within the VHA is an exciting moment for our company.”

An example of a Kognito simulation with a healthcare provider.

About Kognito

Kognito is a health simulation company that believes in the power of conversation to change lives. We are pioneers in developing research-proven, role-play simulations that prepare individuals to lead real-life conversations that result in measurable changes in social, emotional, and physical health. Our growing portfolio of simulations is used by 300+ leading health, education, government, and non-profit organizations for professional development and public education. To date, more than 1 million people have engaged in a Kognito simulation. Kognito is the only company with health simulations listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Learn more at http://www.kognito.com.

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