Great ideas often come from people who are simply trying to address a problem or inefficiency they encounter on a daily basis. These kinds of ideas were precisely what we saw from the the American Medical Association App Challenge, which put the call out to physicians and medical students to propose apps for use by their colleagues that the AMA would help bring to life.

Of the finalists that we reported ,the winners were whittled down with the help of AMA members who voted on what they liked best.

Cynthia L. Beamer, MD, a pediatric emergency physician in Texas, won the category for physicians with her “Rounder” app and Michael Ray Bykhovsky, a third-year medical student in Georgia, won the resident and medical student category with his “JAMA Clinical Challenge”  app.

AMA Board Chair-elect Steven  J. Stack, MD congratulated the winners in a recent news release,

“The 2011 AMA App Challenge was  hugely successful. Apps are among the many ways physicians and future physicians  learn, stay connected and juggle busy schedules, and we congratulate Dr. Beamer  and Mr. Bykhovsky for their innovative and winning ideas.”

Michael Bykhovsky’s submission was to take a popular web-based resource and finally bring it to the mobile space – the JAMA clinical challenge.

“Basically, it is taking the online JAMA Clinical Challenge and fleshing it out into a portable app,” Bykhovsky said. “My intent is to have a little information, a clinical vignette, a presentation, maybe an image. And then have multiple-choice questions.”

Dr. Beamer’s idea, the “Rounder” app, is directed at a problem she faced as a pediatric ER physician – the lack of a system that provides a safe, simple way to track patient progress and enable efficient, effective handoffs. From the detail available about the idea, it seems to be emphasize integration into the existing workflow rather than reshaping the workflow around the platform.

The winners received a $1,500 Apple Store gift card, $1,000 American Express gift card, and a trip for two to the award ceremony at the AMA Interim House of Delegates meeting in New Orleans. More importantly though, the Challenge itself encourages physicians to think in a new way about the way in which care is delivered. As Dr. Beamer notes, hopefully this Challenge continues and encourages a trend of healthcare providers taking the lead in mobile healthcare.

Source: AMA and The Augusta Chronicle