268305 Increasing Accessibility of Available Resources Through Mobile Application on Smartphone for Lymphedema Patients

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 9:15 AM - 9:30 AM

Shuyu Xu , Informatics Institute, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
Jane Armer , Sinclair Schoole of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
Bob Stewart , Sinclair Schoole of Nursing, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
Chi-Ren Shyu , Informatics Institute, Computer Science, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, MO
Background: Even though breast cancer has a very high 5-year survival rate at early stages, around half of those survivors will have a lifetime threat to develop breast cancer-related lymphedema (LE). Lack of awareness is often a barrier to early detection and prevention. Once LE passes the early stage, it is more difficult to control and manage. Objective/Purpose: Our objective was to develop a mobile application on smartphone for LE patients or patients at-risk to acquire up-to-date LE research knowledge and search for available therapists. Methods: We first collected different types of LE-related data, such as patient data, literature data, as well as geographical data of LE therapists. After data collection, we applied data mining algorithms, text mining algorithms, and GIS cross-mapping techniques in order to build a mobile application on smartphone for LE patients. Results: Patients are able to download and install this application on their smartphones and search for up-to-date LE research results based on their own characteristics. In addition, patients could identify the nearest LE therapists based on either their current locations or patient-defined locations. Discussion/Conclusion: This mobile application could increase patients' accessibility to the latest LE knowledge and available LE therapists. In addition, this application could be applicable to other chronic diseases. Having such an application on smartphones, patients could connect with their providers more easily and conveniently.

Learning Areas:
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Chronic disease management and prevention
Communication and informatics
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the nearest lymphedema therapist. 2. Access the latest lymphedema-related resources, such as articles etc.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been in breast cancer-related lymphedema research project for three years which is funded by federal grants. My research interests are public health informatics and data mining, especially in using Hi-Tech to improve management of chronic diseases.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.