269731 Using the rapid prototyping model to advance mHealth

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Iana M. Simeonov , Schools of Pharmacy & Medicine, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
Larry Suarez , School of Medicine, Dean's ISU, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
mHealth exploits the unique nature of mobile technology to facilitate and enhance medical research, patient care and radically increase access to care. However, barriers to entry exist for clinicians and researchers, including development costs, lack of technical knowledge, and insufficient resources to innovate and collaborate with technologists.

At UCSF a novel strategy based on the rapid prototyping model is being applied to developing mobile health solutions. This provides for brisk, iterative innovation and produces pilot data for research and proposal submitting.

Interest in real-time patient engagement, guidance, and adaptive therapy led a UCSF School of Medicine team to develop, refine and implement a software framework for building and delivering personalized evidence-based care plans on any mobile device. The platform, called emPATH, is currently being used to run over 20 projects across the spectrum of clinical care, including clinical trials, large-scale studies, data-collection, disease surveillance and patient care.

emPATH implements care pathways, a standard model for the delivery of health care, which makes integrating mobile much easier for clinicians, researchers and providers. It highly scalable, adaptable, simply to implement and tested. It can import, collect, organize and make sense of multiple data streams and fulfill provider-generated care plans. emPath can communicate with and integrate information from any on-board or bluetooth-enabled external sensors as well as import and export data to an EHR.

Low or no-cost prototyping and rapid deployment by the mHealth Team is a key factor in increasing the number, scope and success of mHealth projects at UCSF.

Learning Areas:
Communication and informatics
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
1. describe how rapid prototyping can be applied to developing mHealth solutions

Keywords: Health Care Delivery, Technology

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: 10+ years in public health communications, 2+ years developing mHealth solutions for public health, innovation consultant for applying mobile and wireless technology to research and practice.
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.