Healthcare Software: Training & Education

Improving the Next Generation of Healthcare Professionals

Healthcare professionals are not made overnight. To become an expert in patient education and care requires years of training and education. In support of Emory’s mission to improve human well-being, Emory University and Emory Healthcare faculty and physicians have developed several tools to help train and educate physicians, patients, and society.

Targeted Education

Latino Diabetes Education Program: Over 415 million people have been estimated to have diabetes, including 44 million Americans. However, due to its disproportionate effect in disadvantaged populations, diabetes-related deaths have become increasingly prevalent. While there is currently no cure for diabetes, education in prevention techniques and healthy living has the potential to dramatically reduce this number. Emory inventors, in an effort to make diabetes education more accessible, have developed the “Emory Latino Diabetes Education Program” (ELDEP), a computer-based diabetes education geared towards the underserved Latino population. ELDEP, conducted in Spanish, follows preventative guidelines and promotes healthy behaviors established by the American Association for Diabetes Educators (AADE). More than 1300 patients have patients have participated in the initial session of the program and data shows a drop in HgB and blood pressure. (Techid: 14156; view our technology brief)

Educational Media for Patients with Autoimmune Blistering Diseases: Scarcity and inaccessibility of patient literature, particularly in treatment options, has cost both patients and physicians extra visitation time or misunderstanding. When dealing with autoimmune blistering diseases, in which the body’s antibodies mistakenly attack healthy tissue like skin and mucous membranes, a vast range of treatment options is required. Since it has no definite cure, autoimmune blistering diseases must be controlled with treatment depending on the severity of the disease. Emory physicians have developed a video explaining autoimmune blistering diseases to patients. By condensing information to a video format instead of written media, physicians are able to increase both accessibility to and clarity of education to patients. (Techid: 13075)

Educational Intervention and Training for At-Risk and HIV-Positive Females: The rate of HIV infection among heterosexual African American women is considerably higher than that of other communities. Noting the disparity, the CDC has implemented a number of programs and interventions as a part of their National HIV/AIDS Strategy that take a rigorous approach to provide one of the highest levels of efficacy in communities. Three interventions have been developed, implemented, and evaluated at Emory University. Two programs, Sisters Informing, Healing, Living and Empowering (SIHLE) and Sisters Informing Sisters on Topics about AIDS (SISTA) target African American women with peer-led social skills training that focuses on reducing HIV sexual risk behavior, like promoting condom use. Women Involved in Life Learning from Other Women (WILLOW) has also been adopted as both a social skills building and educational intervention for all women with HIV.  (Techid: 13174; view our technology brief)

Educational Apps

Mobile Application for Disseminating Scientific Information: As technologies continue to advance, the ability to stay up-to-date has never been easier with news resources and smartphone apps that bring the whole world to your fingertips. Former infectious disease specialist George Mathew, MD and cardiologist Neal Bhatia, MD developed an application to increase accessibility to information regarding major scientific and medical advances, focusing on chronic medical conditions. The mobile application will include the expertise of clinicians and researchers on treatment options, clinical trials or other relevant information for both patients and the general public. (Techid: 15020; view our technology brief)

Mobile App for Caregivers of Infants with Congenital Heart Disease: Congenital heart disease (CHD), the most common birth defect, often leaves children with abnormally structured hearts or large vessels that have the potential to be dangerous, if not fatal, to the child. Although, in some cases the effects may not be drastic or even noticeable, some children may require surgery before being released from the hospital, and many more require complicated treatment and care plans, including feeding plans, once released. To aid caregivers in delivering these complex treatment plans, Emory researchers have developed a mobile application to connect caregivers to clinicians, provide caregiving tips and encourage self-care for caregivers. (Techid: 13213; view our technology brief)

Training Tools

CBCT (Cognitively-Based Compassion Training) Manual: Studies have shown preserving mental health and practicing self-compassion has been linked to lower stress levels and improved immune function as well as lessening effects of trauma and depression. Since research suggests that self-compassion is trainable in individuals, Emory researchers have developed a six-part Cognitively-Based Compassion Training (CBCT) manual to provide teaching and learning tools for practicing compassion. The manual may be used in research, counseling centers, hospitals and other institutions. (Techid: 15104; view our technology brief)

RADIANT: Software for the Creation, Sharing, and Viewing of Medical Images for Educational Purposes: The distribution of high-quality annotated medical images has often relied on email or external storage among radiologists, students and medical residents. RADIANT was designed to improve the creation, sharing, and viewing of medical images for teaching and testing. The software facilitates the addition of annotations and offers assessments in which the students’ knowledge of topics may be tested. Standalone PC and Android applications have been developed and development for the iOS is underway. (Techid: 13016; view our technology brief)