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,
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
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
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.
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