Kevin Johnson, M.D., M.S.
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN
The team at Vanderbilt University developed a personal health application (PHA) for children with cystic fibrosis and their caretakers – both at home and in schools – to track medications, alert parents when doses have been taken, manage refills, and more. Team members developed a medication management PHA which can wear a variety of age-appropriate “skins” to work with the PHR. The device reminds kids to take medications at established intervals and can notify parents, school personnel and others if there is no response to a reminder. The team tested their application – a device-independent interface for child-centered medication management that enables 2-way communication between their PHA, the PHR and other recipients by conducting pilot tests – with kids to obtain information on acceptability of the concept and the skins. The team also constructed and tested messaging and social filtering applets. Working with Bent LLC, the Vanderbilt and Colorado teams built a shared medication list and tested it in different applications. Included in the working model of a common platform for medication management are the medication list, scheduling and documentation functions; the working model also links to reminder and alert functions. The teams contracted with Thomson Healthcare for standardized patient medication information.
To download any of these tools view the 2006-08 Teams' Artifacts page.