Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention

Developers, you have a chance to improve the care that over 2.5 million people receive annually for pressure ulcers. Join the ‘Mobilizing Data for Pressure Ulcer Prevention Challenge’ by creating a mobile application to innovate how healthcare teams use patient data. The winner will receive $60,000 plus a conference exhibition opportunity.

Currently, patients may receive care for pressure ulcers from several providers, but their data does not travel with them, creating a barrier to effective coordination of care. Nurses, working with clinical and technical specialists, have developed a foundational model to capture and communicate information about pressure ulcers in a standardized way. By applying this model, evidence-based documentation can be compared and shared between different health care systems to improve quality outcomes in pressure ulcer care.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, Kaiser Permanente, and the American Nurses Association, is sponsoring a challenge to implement this model in a mobile health app. Development of an app that implements standards for documenting health information about pressure ulcers will facilitate meaningful information exchange, simplify continuity of care, and improve the patient experience while reducing health care costs.

Create an iPhone, iPad, or Android application to help standardize bedside ulcer assessment and integrate treatment data into the Systematized Nomenclature of Medicine Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT). We hope you’ll join us in making a positive impact for over 2.5 million people nationwide. Register today!

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