Created collaboratively with patients and students from U-M, and through workshops sponsored by HealthDesignBy.Us, Diabetes Emoticons is a kid-friendly app intended to help young diabetes patients communicate their needs efficiently and effectively. For more information, please visit diabetesemoticons.com. Submitted by Joyce Lee, M.D., the Robert P. Kelch, M.D., Research Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases.
Vulvovaginal Candidiasis: Tips for Diagnosis and Treatment
Vulvovaginal Candidiasis: Tips for Diagnosis and Treatment was recently developed by two members of the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and outside contributors. It's an up-to-date, user-friendly app that helps health care providers distinguish the many types of vulvovaginal Candida infections. It also includes education materials that can be emailed directly to patients. Submitted by Hope K. Haefner (M.D. 1985, Residency 1990), professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
Sleep Champ helps a parent understand obstructive sleep apnea in children and highlights potential symptoms that parents can observe at home. It was developed by Zansors, a D.C.-based health analytics company, using information gathered by U-M faculty. Submitted by Ronald D. Chervin, M.D., the Michael S. Aldrich Collegiate Professor of Sleep Medicine, professor of neurology and director of the U-M Sleep Disorders Center.
Nerve Whiz is a free iPhone and Android application for medical professionals interested in learning the complex anatomy of nerve roots, plexuses and peripheral nerves. Users select which muscles are weak or point to areas of sensory loss, and the application provides distinguishing features and detailed information, complete with relevant pictures and diagrams. The application has been downloaded to over 155,000 mobile devices and has been favorably reviewed in Neurology. Submitted by Zachary London, M.D. (Residency 2005, Fellowship 2006), associate professor of neurology and director of the Neurology Residency Program.
Neuro Localizer is a free iPhone and iPad application that helps users understand the basis of neurologic localization, both in the central and peripheral nervous system. It is essentially a follow-up to Nerve Whiz that focuses more on pathways, and is directed at medical students. The application has been downloaded to over 34,000 mobile devices around the world. Submitted by Zachary London, M.D. (Residency 2005, Fellowship 2006), associate professor of neurology and director of the Neurology Residency Program.
The Intern Health Study
The Intern Health Study is an NIH-funded longitudinal cohort study that assesses stress and mood in medical interns at institutions around the country, enrolling over 3,000 new interns each year. The study's developers hope data collected in this study will further understanding of the interplay between genes and stress in the development of depression, and make a real change in the residency experience. For more information, visit http://internhealthstudy.org, or read our Q&A with the app's creator, Srijan Sen, (M.D. and Ph.D. 2004), the Frances and Kenneth Eisenberg Emerging Scholar in the Taubman Institute and associate professor of psychiatry.
Is It Healing?
Is it Healing? uses image processing techniques to measure changes in wound surface areas over time. The application also uses machine learning models to predict infection and healing. Although currently targeted for wound care and referring providers, the application will eventually be designed for patient use. Submitted by James Wrobel, D.P.M, clinical associate professor of internal medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes.
MAQI Anticoagulation Toolkit
Developed by the Michigan Anticoagulation Quality Improvement Initiative, or MAQI2, the MAQI Anticoagulation Toolkit gives providers easy access to anticoagulation-related calculators, evidence-based guidelines and protocols, and other useful decision aids. The app can help determine the need for anticoagulation and evaluate bleeding risk, as well as aid in anticoagulant selection, peri-procedural management, and the transitioning from one anticoagulant to another. Information on direct oral anticoagulants, or DOACs, is also included. Submitted by Brian Haymart, R.N., assistant supervisor for Michigan Clinical Outcomes Research and Reporting Program, or MCORRP.
WeCareAdvisor is designed for caregivers of those with dementia. Currently available in a clinical study, the app was developed by faculty member Helen Kales, M.D. (Residency 1996, Fellowship 1998), professor of psychiatry, and the U-M Program for Positive Aging, of which she is director. It guides caregivers through a reasoning process that determines the context of behaviors, before providing tailored strategies aimed at reducing problem behaviors like agitation, aggression, depression, anxiety and wandering — while reducing caregiver stress. The WeCareAdvisor also includes a Caregiver Survival Guide, a one-stop resource for answering questions about dementia, health issues, behaviors and medications. Kales is also the associate director for Mental Health and Aging Research at the Geriatrics Center.
Matthew J. DiMagno, M.D. (Residency 1998, Fellowship 2001), assistant professor of internal medicine, coauthored an article in the May/June 2016 issue of Pancreas: "Chronic Pancreatitis Landmark Papers, Management Decisions, and Future."
Yoshio Takemoto, M.D., Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine; Rafael J. Ramirez, Ph.D., a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine; and Miki Yokokawa, M.D., research fellow in the Department of Cardiology, were co-first authors of "Galectin-3 Regulates Atrial Fibrillation Remodeling and Predicts Catheter Ablation Outcomes," which was published in the April 2016 issue of Journal of the American College of Cardiology: Basic to Translational Science. Other U-M faculty also contributed to the article.
Kevin Chung, M.D. (Residency 1994), the Charles B. de Nancrede Professor of Surgery, director of the U-M Hand Fellowship program and chief of Hand Surgery, wrote "Management of the Formosa Color Dust Explosion: Lessons Learned from the Treatment of 49 Mass Burn Casualty Patients at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital," which appears in the June 2016 issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. It is the first paper produced through U-M's Global REACH institutional partnership with Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. Chung is also the assistant dean for faculty affairs and associate director of Global REACH.
Joseph Kolars, M.D. (Fellowship 1989), senior associate dean for Education and Global Initiatives and director of Global REACH, is the first author of "Collaboration Platforms in China for Translational and Clinical Research: The Partnership Between Peking University Health Science Center and the University of Michigan Medical School," published ahead of print in Academic Medicine in April 2016. Kolars is also the Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Health Professions Education and professor of internal medicine and of learning health sciences.
Jeffrey N. Lawton (M.D. 1993), clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery, wrote and edited Distal Radius Fractures: A Clinical Casebook, Springer, 2016.