From Idea to Implementation – the Unfinished Story of an iOS App

Seminar Date: 
Seminar Time: 
11am - 12pm
Seminar Location: 
5607 Baum Boulevard, Room 407A
Richard Altman, MD
Presenter's Institution: 
Weill Cornell Medical College

Abstract: This presentation will describe the work of creating a smartphone app to support continuity of care, from the beginning stage as an idea to its development and final production. The presentation will describe the process of vetting the original idea, evaluating the viability of an app, creating the application design, working with a small budget, and finding and managing a development team. This presentation aims to take the audience "behind the scenes" of an app as it is being created. The discussion will also include a review of clinical document architecture (CDA,) continuity of care document (CCD) and consolidated clinical document architecture (CCDA) standards and explain their aims, uses and limitations in the setting of Meaningful Use and inter-provider health information exchange.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for Healthcare Informatics for the Underserved.

Bio: Dr. Altman graduated Brandeis University with a degree in computer science and worked as a software developer and consultant for 10 years before attending the University of Pittsburgh’s SOM. During his first year of med school at Pitt he worked in Malawi with Dr. Gerry Douglas establishing the specification for what has now grown into Malawi's national EMR to support HIV care and treatment. He later worked with with Dr. Steve Handler on detecting electronic signals of adverse drug reactions. Following medical school Dr. Altman completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. He has completed a certificate in Medical Informatics from the Oregon Health Science University and is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and practicing full-time outpatient medicine.