SMART App Challenge Winner Announced

On June 16th and 17th, 2011, our judges convened and deliberated to score the apps for the SMART Apps for Health $5,000 Challenge, which opened back in March.

Meducation is the winner.
Meducation sample pages

The Meducation SMART app, created by Polyglot Systems, Inc. – a health IT company with a focus on improving care and access for underserved patient populations – provides multilingual, patient-friendly instructions for medications listed in a physician’s electronic medical record or the personally controlled health record of a patient. The app uses the SMART programming interface to obtain the medication list and then links out to a drug information database, which facilitates the generation of simplified medication instructions for patients, available in a dozen languages.

In addition to the winner, several selected as honorable mentions:

  • Clinical Research facilitates interoperability between an EMR system and a clinical electronic data capture system
  • MyNote provides an intuitive, interactive timeline of patient history with disease-specific schemes, and allows patients to annotate the timeline
  • Priority Contact enhances the work process of a clinician by managing contact with patients after they have left the clinic and new information relevant to their treatment plan has been obtained
  • DxSocial matches patients with doctors based on their experience treating patients similar to them matches patients with doctors based on their experience treating patients similar to them
  • Medications Risk Maps for SMArt helps identify and compare medication side effects and risk of adverse events across drugs
  • rxInfo is a suite of SMART apps to help identify patients for clinical trials, provide drug interaction information, FDA Label information about marketed drugs, and a listing of nearby federally funded health centers

You can view all the submitted apps at

Current-stage EMRs decide if, when, and how you will view the data trapped in their systems. The SMART Platform Apps Challenge was designed to demonstrate what can happen when electronic health information becomes liberated and can be readily consumed by computer applications. iPhone and Android app developers have been very successful because the address book and GPS data in those platforms is clearly and consistently presented by the platform. Our goal is to present health data in as useful and consistent format. Based on the submissions we received, we think we have demonstrated that this approach can be successful.

That we had so many excellent applicants reflects the hunger and need felt in the community to deliver innovative healthcare applications directly to doctors and patients without having to learn the details of a large, monolithic EMR

Congratulations to our winner and honorable mentions!