Mission Lifeline STEMI Decision Guideline App

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The Mission Lifeline app is a mobile app for medical first responders and ER nurses to manage heart attack patients. The app is a collaboration between Ringful Health, American Heart Association, Capital Area Regional Trauma Advisory Council (CATRAC), as well as cardiologists, Emergency Room physicians, EMTs, and ER nurses from 22 hospitals and 25 emergency response services.

The app provides a step-by-step checklist to guide the first responder through the complex matrix of actions required to stabilize heart attack patients. The checklist items are dynamically generated for each patient based on individual circumstances such as diagnosis, medical history, and estimated time to reach hospital.

The app goes beyond real-time decision guides. It also captures the user’s response to each action item. Those responses can then be shared with other clinicians at hand off (ie from medical transport helicopter to hospital ER), as well as later via email.

The app is currently available on Apple iPhone and iPad. An Android version is in the works.

Best Drugs for Less from Consumer Reports

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Developed by Ringful Health in collaboration with Consumer Reports

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Below is a description of the app from Consumer Reports web site.

Lunesta, Nexium, Celebrex, Plavix. These prescription drugs are household names, even for people who’ve never used them, and that’s not surprising. Drug makers spent $5.4 billion in 2007 advertising medicines like these. And a huge number of us take them. In fact, we spent $286 billion on prescription drugs in 2007 alone, about 75 percent of it on brand-name products like those above. But how can you tell whether a costly brand-name drug is really the best choice for treating your insomnia, heartburn, arthritis, heart disease or whatever ails you?

That question is all the more urgent now that so many of us have to cut expenses due to the economy. News reports say some Americans are saving money by cutting pills in half, or even skipping medications altogether. That can be a dangerous move, as you’ll learn later in this app when we describe the many medical conditions where skipping drugs can lead to serious illness or even death.

Fortunately, for many common conditions—insomnia, heartburn, arthritis, and heart disease among them—the high-priced drug may not be your best choice. And that’s where this app comes in. We’ve identified the top medicines to consider for over 20 common medical problems. Just to be clear: These aren’t the least expensive drugs, they’re the best ones—based on comparative medical research into effectiveness, safety, convenience, and side effects. But you might be surprised at how economical the best choices can be. As the savings chart shows, patients with one of these conditions may save hundreds to thousands of dollars a year just by switching to one of our picks—which is why we call them Best Buy drugs.

Perhaps you’re thinking, “Hey, isn’t that my doctor’s job—to wade through complex medical information and find the best, safest, and most affordable drug for me?”

Well, yes and no. Every good doctor keeps up with the medical literature on drugs, but that’s hard since the volume of research is enormous. Moreover, physicians often know relatively little about drug prices or about their patients’ insurance coverage.

Doctors also face constant pressure from drug companies trying to influence what they prescribe. The companies spend some $15 to $20 billion annually on trade journal advertising and other outreach—including in-person sales calls, professional symposia and gifts—to spread their message to doctors, pharmacists, benefit managers, and others. Why? Because it works. Studies show that the brands with high marketing budgets also tend to get prescribed more.

As for that drug you see touted on TV, the fact that it’s advertised doesn’t necessarily mean it’s best for what ails you. But it does suggest the drug is highly profitable for its maker. Indeed, virtually all prescription drugs advertised to consumers are brand-name products still protected by patent. That means the manufacturer can be the exclusive supplier—and hence charge a relatively higher price. After the patent expires, though, any company can make the drug—and the resulting competition drives down the price of such “generic” versions, even if the branded version stays on the market too. Once a drug goes generic, you won’t see much, if any, advertising for it. But you will find many generics among our Best Buy picks in this app. That’s because many of them are bargain-priced versions of former blockbuster medications that are now off patent.

Finally, should you believe what you read or hear in that prescription drug ad? Sure—as far as it goes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that such ads be truthful and list the drug’s major risks. But don’t assume you’re getting a balanced presentation of pros and cons. The mission of advertising, after all, is to sell the product and sear its name into your brain. There’s also no obligation to tell you all the ways a drug compares to its competitors.

The Batz Patient Guide

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The Batz Guide iPad app is geared toward patients and family members to make better clinical decisions at the bedside together with their hospital-based clinician teams.

The intention of this App is to provide a tool for families, medical staff, and patients that helps them to monitor care in real time. In addition to charts for medication prescriptions, the App will enable a patient to set alerts and triggers to help remind of medication times while trying to prevent over dosage or wrong dosage. The App acts as a digital library allowing a person to look up terms with which they are not familiar and is filled with everything from videos and articles to help them learn more about the risks associated with things such as high blood pressure and undiagnosed sleep apnea, to pictures and charts that illustrate how to spot kinked IV lines and unplugged leg compressors. In addition, by tracking vital signs such as temperature, an individual will be able to transfer those signs to a graph in order to help a medical team better follow trends and concerns over shift changes. This means that if there was a steady but slow rise in temperature over several hours, a new doctor would be able to more quickly identify the patient as a risk for sepsis, thus decreasing the likelihood of that person being permanently harmed or killed.

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores

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The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores app utilizes quality data from over 2000 hospitals in the US to help patients make informed decisions on where to get treatment. For more information about the Hospital Safety Score, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

How safe is your hospital? Instantly find the A, B, C, D or F Hospital Safety Score of the hospitals nearest you almost anywhere in the United States! The Hospital Safety Score is a letter grade assigned to general hospitals based on how well they prevent medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Almost 1 in 4 patients admitted to a hospital experience some sort of error, injury or harm during their stay. Don’t be a statistic! Once at the hospital, use the app to help guide a conversation with your doctor, making sure you ask questions related to safety that can protect yourself or loved ones during a hospital stay.

AvidNurse from Texas Nurses Association

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The AvidNurse app is a bedside clinical decision support and education tool for nurses. It provides nurses in all fields of practice with a quick-reference guide to screening recommendations, BMI conversions, pain scales, and medication calculators.

As trusted and respected healthcare professionals, nurses can be confident sharing information via AvidNurse on tobacco cessation, cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and pain management.

MSAA — Multiple Sclerosis Self-Care Manager

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The MSAA app is the official app from the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. It enables patients to keep track of all aspects MS disease management at home, including symptoms, lab results, treatments, and side effects. With this information, the patient can have a more informed conversation with physicians to make better clinical decisions to manage the disease. For more information, visit mymsaa.org.

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HealthStream HCAHPS Monitor

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The HCAHPS Monitor app enables hospital executives to closely monitor their hospital’s (the their competitors’) patient satisfaction scores, which is now tied to the financial compensation of hospitals.

The HCAHPS (Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems) survey is a national, standardized survey instrument and data collection methodology for measuring patients’ perspectives of hospital care. HealthStream’s HCAHPS Monitor utilizes the most recent HCAHPS data made public by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide you a snapshot of a hospital’s performance through meaningful comparisons to national and state averages as well as competitors in its local market.