New apps provide Airmen mobile medical education and tools |
Posted 3/5/2014 Updated 3/5/2014
by Capt. Jen Richard
Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
3/5/2014 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - RANDOLPH, Texas -- Two free mobile applications produced by the Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia are now available for Airmen and all military health system beneficiaries.
The CEMM released two mobile apps in 2013, the CEMM Virtual Medical Center app and a pregnancy app called "My Pregnancy A to Z Journal." The apps are available for free download from the iTunes store as well as the Android Market.
"These applications were built to provide the ease and speed of information to patients so they can have these resources at their fingertips," said Lt. Col. Constance Smith, CEMM director.
The CEMM Virtual Medical Center app includes three main elements: a Military Treatment Facility locator, a Tricare Plan finder and a section on patient education.
Within the patient education section, app users can look up immunization information, see lists of common health questions, view animations of medical terms or diseases, access an extensive CEMM library and even list and track their own prescriptions.
"The CEMM VMC app features a medication reminder system; this is a valuable tool especially for patients who have difficulties remembering to take their medication," said Smith. "Patients can input what medication they are taking and what time they need to take the medication, and the mobile app can remind them when they need to take it."
The pregnancy app includes a variety of features, including a tool for uploading and sharing photos or images such as ultrasounds, a mobile journal, an events log, a health statistics tracker, and more. The app can also be programmed to push notifications to expectant mothers depending on their stage of pregnancy.
"For example, if a mother is at her second trimester we can push information to her mobile device providing medical recommendations that she may need at that time," said Smith.
The CEMM VMC app and the "My Pregnancy A to Z Journal" app are the first two mobile applications created by the CEMM. The CEMM is an Office of the Air Force Surgeon General initiative, located on the United States Air Force Academy, Colo., with the mission of providing interactive multimedia medical patient education throughout the military health system.
The development and roll-out of the pregnancy app involves not only the CEMM, but also the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and other service branches. The VA has shared information about the app to its Women Veteran Program Managers, Women's Health Medical Directors and Maternity Care Coordinators, and also plans to publicize the link through its Clinical Practice Guidelines site. The Army also is utilizing "My Pregnancy A to Z Journal," with the app featured on the U.S. Army Medical Department site. Currently, the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is conducting a clinical trial of the pregnancy app and results can be used to continue to shape the app to patients' needs.
The CEMM is already planning the release of their next mobile application, an app called "eWellness" that is scheduled to be available for download in summer 2014. The wellness app will allow users to track and learn more about aspects of their general health as well as certain medical conditions.
"If eWellness app users are diabetic, for example, they will be able to track their insulin levels," said Smith. "The app features seven tools to include a weight and fitness tracker, so patients are able to track their calorie count and body mass index."
By developing apps such as these, the CEMM provides interactive, engaging tools aimed to reach patients with their educational programs.
"Our main goal, of course, is to help patients stay well," said Smith. "We are focused on educating today's Airmen--who are tech-savvy and accustomed to accessing knowledge at their fingertips--so they can be fit to accomplish their respective parts of the Air Force mission."
To find and download the CEMM VMC app and the "My Pregnancy A to Z Journal" app, Airmen can visit the CEMM library (http://www.cemmlibrary.org/) and click on the "Mobile Apps" tab on the left.