Healthcare Software: Training & Education

Improving the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals are not made overnight. To become an expert in patient education and care requires years of training and education. In support of Emory’s mission to improve human well-being, Emory University and Emory Healthcare faculty and physicians have developed several tools to help train and educate physicians, patients, and society.

Educational Apps

Citizen Science HD: Citizen Science HD is an educational tool and mobile app created by Emory University researchers.  This STEM initiative includes several curricula, academies, after-school programs and a citizen science app that can be incorporated in classrooms. The STEM program aims to stimulate critical thinking in students through utilizing and understanding Big Data in K-12 schools. In addition to being incorporated in classrooms, community outreach programs, events, and after-school programs, this STEM initiative can also apply Citizen Science and STEM principles to impact broader human health. The Citizen Science HD initiative was created with the goal to increase diversity in STEM and encourage under-represented individuals and populations to pursue STEM careers. (Techid: 19126; view our technology brief.)

Mobile App for Caregivers of Infants with Congenital Heart Disease: Congenital heart disease (CHD), the most common birth defect, often leaves children with abnormally structured hearts or large vessels that have the potential to be dangerous, if not fatal, to the child. Although, in some cases the effects may not be drastic or even noticeable, some children may require surgery before being released from the hospital, and many more require complicated treatment and care plans, including feeding plans, once released. To aid caregivers in delivering these complex treatment plans, Emory researchers have developed a mobile application to connect caregivers to clinicians, provide caregiving tips and encourage self-care for caregivers. (Techid: 13213; view our technology brief)

Mobile App for Disseminating Scientific Information: As technologies continue to advance, the ability to stay up-to-date has never been easier with news resources and smartphone apps that bring the whole world to your fingertips. Former infectious disease specialist George Mathew, MD and cardiologist Neal Bhatia, MD developed an application to increase accessibility to information regarding major scientific and medical advances, focusing on chronic medical conditions. The mobile application will include the expertise of clinicians and researchers on treatment options, clinical trials or other relevant information for both patients and the general public. (Techid: 15020; view our technology brief)

ReadyVax: Despite the fact that vaccines have proven to effectively prevent millions of infectious disease cases each year, many parents refuse to have their children vaccinated due to false information on the web, message boards, and blogs. This refusal has contributed to a decline in vaccination rate and outbreaks of preventable disease in the developed world. ReadyVax is an app created by the Emory Preparedness and Emergency Response Center (PERRC) with the purpose to increase vaccination rates and share reputable information about a variety of vaccines and disease. This app can be utilized by physicians, pharmacists, and the general public. (Techid: 17207; view our technology brief)

Targeted Education

Latino Diabetes Education Program: Over 415 million people have been estimated to have diabetes, including 44 million Americans. However, due to its disproportionate effect in disadvantaged populations, diabetes-related deaths have become increasingly prevalent. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, education in prevention techniques and healthy living has the potential to dramatically reduce this number. Emory inventors, in an effort to make diabetes education more accessible, have developed the “Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program” (ELDEP), a computer-based diabetes education geared towards the underserved Latino population. ELDEP, conducted in Spanish, follows preventative guidelines and promotes healthy behaviors established by the American Association for Diabetes Educators (AADE). More than 1300 patients have patients have participated in the initial session of the program and data shows a drop in HgB and blood pressure. (Techid: 14156; view our technology brief)

Tele-Savvy: Dementia Caregiver Online Psychoeducation Program: The “Savvy Caregiver Program” is a psychoeducational program designed to improve family members’ caregiving skills for patients of Alzheimer’s (AD). This program has proven to positively impact the quality of life and decrease stress for both patients and caregivers. However, accessibility of this program has been limited due to location and times. “Tele-Savvy” is a web-based distance education program that aims to solve this problem and make the “Savvy Caregiver Program” more accessible for AD caregivers. This online program consists of 7 live group videoconference training sessions and a set of 36 asynchronous recorded video lessons that caregivers can watch daily on their own schedule. (Techid: 17162; view our technology brief).

Training Tools

CBCT (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) Manual: Studies have shown preserving mental health and practicing self-compassion has been linked to lower stress levels and improved immune function as well as lessening effects of trauma and depression. Since research suggests that self-compassion is trainable in individuals, Emory researchers have developed a six-part Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) manual to provide teaching and learning tools for practicing compassion. The manual may be used in research, counseling centers, hospitals and other institutions. (Techid: 15104; view our technology brief)

Clinical Order Authorization System for Healthcare Facilities: In hospitals, timely decisions have to be made in every minute, but junior physicians and practitioners cannot always consult in real-time with their supervisors. Emory clinicians, James Blum and Gregory Esper, have developed a dual authorization system for healthcare decision making. Integrated with existing electronic medical records, the dual-control system sends new filtered orders to the senior overseeing physicians for approval or modification, which lowers the chance to make unnecessary, harmful or expensive decisions. (Techid: 16149; view our technology brief)

RADIANT: Software for the Creation, Sharing, and Viewing of Medical Images for Educational Purposes: The distribution of high-quality annotated medical images has often relied on email or external storage among radiologists, students and medical residents. RADIANT was designed to improve the creation, sharing, and viewing of medical images for teaching and testing. The software facilitates the addition of annotations and offers assessments in which the students’ knowledge of topics may be tested. Standalone PC and Android applications have been developed and development for the iOS is underway. (Techid: 13016; view our technology brief)