Innovation Trifecta at Penn Nursing

Article ID: 599834

Released: 1-Mar-2013 4:20 PM EST

Source Newsroom: University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing

  • Credit: Fels Institute of Government

    Molly Kreider Viscardi (second from left) and Penn student colleagues developed re:Mind to prevent mental health patient re-hospitalizations.

Newswise — Three students at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing have developed award-winning healthcare technology.

Students David Bendell and Kerry McLaughlin took top prizes for their healthcare innovation projects at Startup Weekend Health 2.0 in Philadelphia in February. The 54-hour event allows aspiring entrepreneurs to learn the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures.

Mr. Bendell, earning his master’s degree at Penn Nursing, won first place for his application, mICE (my In Case of Emergency). The mICE app aggregates and provides vital personal information, such as name, blood type, allergies, and major medical conditions, for a person experiencing a health emergency via an easy-to-scan QR code.

Ms. McLaughlin, a senior, took third place for KnowMe, an app that develops profiles of nursing home residents to advance three goals: increase family members' peace of mind, enhance healthcare providers’ workflow, and improve health outcomes for nursing home patients.

Penn Nursing doctoral student Molly Kreider Viscardi and Penn student colleagues have won the fourth annual Penn Public Policy Challenge. Using text messaging, email, and phone calls, re:Mind targets individuals discharged from inpatient mental health hospitalizations in an effort to curtail preventable re-hospitalizations. The team focused on the need for an inexpensive, simple, research-supported intervention to address the no. 1 reason patients miss their initial appointment—forgetting. Team re:Mind’s mental healthcare proposal moves on to the National Invitational Public Policy Challenge at the National Constitution Center this month.

“At a time when there is an urgent need for innovative solutions to healthcare challenges, we are preparing a generation of students who can think outside the box and expand on the interconnectivity among healthcare science, research, and clinical practice,” said Penn Nursing Professor Nancy Hanrahan, PhD, RN. She leads Penn Nursing’s Healthcare Innovations initiative aimed at improving healthcare through applications, simulations, and gaming.

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of the premier research institutions in nursing, producing new knowledge in geriatrics, pediatrics, oncology, quality-of-life choices, and other areas. Researchers here consistently receive more research funding from the National Institutes of Health than any other private nursing school, and many Master’s programs are ranked first in the country.


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