Feeling Appilicious ? Got an idea ? The American Medical Association wants to reward you for it.
All you need is a idea and a description of features - no programming or drawing.
The Downside ? The submission agreement :
(does not matter whether you win it or no)
So then you have to wonder, if the app idea is good and really hits the big time, you could have your own app made with help, and tens of thousands of dollars more, if not millions - then $2500 does not seem to cut it...
But then again...it's a 'BIG IF', lets not talk like you already won the competition ;)
Click Here for the AMA App Challenge submission form.
...And that totally excites me, and if you are a geek-doctor like me, I am sure you would share in the excitement. As a resident I keep encountering countless frustrations with current EMRs and moments of "Wish Steve Jobs made EMRs too", I know for a fact that medical information access, presentation and computing is no longer just geeky business, it can have real tangible, implications in efficacy, patient safety, cost savings and the dollar bottomline. And enabling physicians to take leadership roles in driving the clinical information flow in a health system will need special training, that deserves a separate fellowship.
So, In March 2007, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation awarded a grant to the American Medical Informatics Association to brainstorm over making two documents that the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) would need to create the medical subspecialty of clinical informatics - These are ready, and you can read them here
A few places already have fellowships for MDs in Medical informatics, but recognizing that as a sub-specialty will be awesome :). Soon it will be standard practice for hospitals to have a clinical informatics specialist who practices clinical medicine and and also provides leadership to the clinical IT systems. I had already touched on Chief Medical Information Officer salaries before, other possible positions after such a fellowship could be lucrative systems design & management positions with medical software vendors, academic research positions in universities or even hospitalist + IT combined positions.
- Introduction to Clinical Informatics (Health Informatics)
- Information Technology for the Practicing Physician (Health Informatics)
Diabetic patient followups make up a huge majority of primary care stuff that both residents and medical students gotta handle, here's a ABCD style mnemonic to remember what to keep tabs on for diabetics:
A - A1c : Target A1cHb Less than 6.5
B - Blood Pressure target Less than 130 /80 in Diabetics to slow renal failure! Start off with ACE inhibitors , and remember annual microalbuminuria checks
C - Cholesterol Check: LDL less than 100 is target, less than 70 recommended
D - D Vitamin ! Low Vit D levels in DM increases atherosclerosis risks
E - Eye exam, annual, by an opthalmologist or optometrist
F - Foot exam with every visit
G - Gonadial Hormone --> Testosterone levels in Males - Why ? 1/3rd of Diabetic men have low testosterone levels which worsens insulin resistance & obesity - Read this
H - Holistic Health advice including Lifestyle, exercise, smoking cessation, Diet education and weight goals