Anne Teitelman, PhD, FNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, Patricia Bleznak Silverstein Endowed Term Chair in Global Women's Health and Associate Professor of Nursing, and colleagues have been awarded 1st place in the Reducing Cancer Among Women of Color Challenge from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in partnership with the Office of Minority Health, both part of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for their app Everhealthier Women, http://everhealthier.org. As the first-place winner, the team received $85,000.00.
"Cancer Prevention and cancer treatment are already painful enough, we don't need the information to be complicated and annoying," said Dr. Teitelman. "We want to boil information down to a simple set of tasks tailored to the woman using the app. For women who are unable - or not motivated - their family members can use the app on their behalf and then send them reminders for appointments or behaviors they can do to stay healthier."
Everhealthier Women is a mobile web app that helps women track cancer prevention tasks for themselves and other women in their "healthy circle" through the web and SMS text messaging. The tasks are the screenings and prevention behaviorsthat match users' ages and profiles according to the national guidelines and can be shared with the users' loved ones. The app provides up-to-date information on numerous health issues and links to online resources, including various organizations' cancer care and prevention Facebook and Twitter feeds. The app currently uses both English and Spanish.
"The app is all about fitting these health behaviors into each woman's lifestyle," noted Dr. Teitelman. "It's mobile, it's multilingual, it can send reminders by email or phone, and it can even keep track of follow-up tasks."
Dr. Teitelman collaborated with Damien Leri, MSEd, who runs Big Yellow Star, an information techonolgy company that designs public health systems to improve health communications; Marilyn Stringer, GNu'91, Gr'95, GNC'97, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, Women's Health Nursing-Clinician Educator Professor Emerita at Penn Nursing, who provided additional content expertise; and Ben Koditschek, an interface designer in Chicago.
Dr. Teitelman is an expert in health promotion intervention research to address women’s health disparities, especially among adolescent girls and young women. She is currently Principal Investigator of a two NIH-funded studies, one in which she and her research team developed an HIV and partner abuse prevention program for adolescent girls, the other explores the role of the brain in safer sex decision making among young adult women.
The challenge was administered by Health 2.0, which promotes new technologies in healthcare. It has introduced over 500 technology companies, hosted more than 11,000 attendees at conferences and code-a-thons, and awarded over $4,078,000 in prizes.
The currently available version of Everhealthier Women is a trial version of a web based application tool. Users can try the app by logging in with Facebook, Twitter or can create a new user ID. By logging in through Facebook, users can easily add “friends” to their healthy circle. We are continuing to refine and develop this app and welcome your feedback.