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Winners of Mobile Health App Challenge Announced at UMSON Conference

Winners of a national contest to create the first mobile health application that encourages the use of information exchange standards were announced on the opening day of the 2013 Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics (SINI) at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON).

An annual three-day conference, SINI, now in its 23rd year, drew more than 300 health IT professionals and nurse informaticians to the UMSON from July 17-19. Among government leaders who participated was Judy Murphy, RN, FACMI, FHIMSS, FAAN, deputy national coordinator for policy and programs, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.

UMSON Dean Jane M. Kirschling, PhD, RN, FAAN, addressed the conference, which was chaired by Marisa Wilson, DNSc, MHSc, RN-BC, director of UMSON's Master of Science Program; and Judy Ozbolt, PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI, FAIMBE, visiting professor.



MobileHealthWare captured first prize in the Pressure Ulcer Prevention Mobile App Challenge for its WoundMapPUMP (Pressure Ulcer Management Program), an iPhone application that allows the user to evaluate a patient's wound and track changes over time. Tom Richards, MD, MS, CEO of MobileHealthWare of Sheridan, Wyo., and Karen Zulkowski, DNS, RN, CWS, associate professor at Montana State University-Bozeman, accepted the award.

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Kaiser Permanente, and the American Nurses Association, sponsored this competition, which is the first ONC-sponsored challenge aimed specifically at nursing. Entries needed to demonstrate the value of common models and terminologies and promote the continued integration of nursing content into SNOMED Clinical Terms (the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical health care terminology in the world).

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, more than 2.5 million people in the United States are affected annually by skin breakdowns that cause pain, increased risk for serious infection, and increased health care utilization. A mobile health app would support nurses in partnership with patients, families, caregivers, and the multidisciplinary health care team, to reduce the incidence and severity of pressure ulcers.

The second- and third-place Challenge finishers were the Dermtap team led by Michelle Longmire, MD, of Palo Alto, Calif.; and Wound Mender by Doug Brown of Morgantown, W.Va., respectively. The first- and third-place winners attended a reception held July 17 for SINI sponsors and exhibitors. Richards, Zulkowski, and Brown demonstrated their apps and interacted with SINI registrants, including many UMSON students.

Brown is shown in the photo, top right, as he demonstrates the Wound Mender app for SINI co-chair Marisa Wilson.

Awards were also given for the best podium presentation and for the best posters in the research and practice categories. Posters were on display at UMSON and in the adjacent Southern Management Corporation Campus Center.

For the first time at SINI, a People's Choice Poster Award was bestowed at the conclusion of the conference. The winner was Heather Sobko, PhD, RN, for "Patient Perceptions of Barriers to Optimal Medication Use during the Hospital-to-Home Transition." She is president and CEO at IVR Care Transition Systems, Inc., Birmingham, Ala.

Posting Date: 08/02/2013
Contact Name: Patricia Fanning
Contact Phone: 410-706-7946
Contact Email: pfanning@umaryland.edu