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More details of VUMC mHealth contest for clinical summaries

By Kyle Murphy, PhD

Vanderbilt University has issued a challenge to mobile health (mHealth) application developers that calls for the transformation of patient clinical summaries into accessible personalized health data that also meets certain requirements of the EHR Incentive Programs, according to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Reporter.

“This challenge recognizes our thirst to deliver personalized information that is relevant to patients and families, easily understood, and hopefully, feasible with current technology and data,” Kevin Johnson, MD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics and Professor of Pediatrics, told the publication. “It should be very exciting for all involved.”

According to the website for the Personalized Health App Challenge 2013, the challenge goes beyond personalizing health information. It also aims to help eligible providers achieve future requirements of meaningful use focused on patient engagement:

Contestants will use a set of test patient information, data schema, and other resources to develop applications that create modernized Patient Clinical Summaries. The revamped Patient Clinical Summaries will achieve Meaningful Use objectives and convey personalized health information. The resulting modernized summaries will then persist as an integrated component of the patient’s health record, fostering new opportunities for improved disease management.

Contestants will be given a set of test patient data, schema, and other resources which will help integrate clinical summaries into the patient’s EHR.

“The intent of the patient clinical summary was to help patients hone in on what’s important for their health,” observed Naqi Khan, MD, instructor, Department of Biomedical Informatics. “Unfortunately, we’ve fallen short so far in delivering this information to them in an actionable form. The Health App Challenge hopes to remedy this by reinventing the summary into something truly engaging,”

The submission period for the contest is now open and runs through the close of business on Aug. 1. Judges will then have two weeks to evaluate submissions before they announce a winner on Aug. 14. In particular, judges will be scrutinizing mHealth apps using six criteria:

• Scalability: Capable of handling large, heterogeneous data inputs

• Compatibility: The functionality not tied to a specific set of system requirements

• Efficiency: High performing and quick to completing complete tasks

• Accuracy: Capable of providing accurate clinical summary information

• Well-documented: Clearly annotated and documented source code

The winning submission will take home $10,000 and as many as five finalists will receives $2,000 or more in prizes.

Information about the contest such as judging, terms & conditions, and details about submitting an mHealth app is available on the contest’s website.





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