AMA App Challenge

AMA Announces App Finalists

The challenge was to come up with a new idea for a medical app that could improve the daily lives of medical providers. The AMA would make the winning ideas a reality. There would be a winner in 2 categories, one for physicians and one for resident/medical students. Hundreds of ideas were submitted and by September, 10 finalists were selected. The 5 finalist in each category were presented to the AMA membership to vote for the winners. This week at the AMA’s meeting in New Orleans, the two winners were announced. They will each receive $2,500 in cash and prizes along with the trip to the meeting for the announcement.

And the winners are…

In the physician category, Cynthia L. Beamer, MD, a pediatric emergency physician in Texas, won for her Rounder app. It is designed to help physicians capture data on hospital patients and track their progress. It traces data including ID, dates of admission and discharge, working diagnosis, allergies, weight/BMI, physical exam significant findings, and meds.

In the resident/medical student category, Michael Ray Bykhovsky, a third-year medical student at Georgia Health Science University, won for his JAMA Clinical Challenge app. It provides clinical vignettes, images and medical case information as an educational tool. Users are also invited to submit additional case studies.

Check out the apps and see what you think.