Seven months ago, the American Medical Association (AMA) launched the 2011 App Challenge and invited U.S. doctors, residents and medical students to submit their ideas for the next great medical app. Yesterday, the AMA announced that two submissions, named "Rounder" and "AMA Clinical Challenge" won the competition and will be developed for the commercial market.
An American Medical News story offers more details about the winning applications:
The Rounder was the idea of Cynthia L. Beamer, MD, a pediatric emergency physician from San Antonio, who won the physician-submitted category. The app would allow physicians to capture data from hospitalized patients on their smartphones or tablets to easily track and follow the patients' progress.
The winning idea in the resident/medical student category was JAMA Clinical Challenge, submitted by Michael Ray Bykhovsky, a third-year medical student at Georgia Health Science University in Augusta, Ga. With this app, users look at images or read vignettes and case information to come up with a diagnosis. As a learning tool, the user also receives a thorough lesson on each diagnosis.
In addition to having their apps developed for consumers, the winners each received 2,500 in cash and prizes and were sent to New Orleans in this month to the AMA House of Delegates Interim Meeting, where their app ideas were unveiled.