Lankenau Neurologist and Team Win App Challenge to Prevent Domestic Violence

Thursday, November 29, 2012

HealtheSAVE, a group of healthcare providers and developers led by Lankenau Medical Center neurologist Elliott Schulman, MD, was awarded fourth place and $2,500 in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) and the Avon Foundation for Women’s “Ending Violence @ Home App Challenge,” a global challenge aimed at preventing domestic violence.

HealtheSAVE, a mobile app, is meant to help healthcare providers better recognize patients who have experienced violence, ask them about that experience, and refer them to appropriate services. The app will educate providers about how to incorporate violence prevention into patient care and put references and resources at their fingertips. HealtheSAVE will also provide handouts and tools to educate patients about abuse, their rights, and resources for aid, and it will fund continuing education and training for providers. The developers are also designing their products to be useful to international users as well, providing links to global resources and designing their tools to work across a broad range of platforms and providers.

“We are honored to be named one of the winners in this challenge and to be recognized for the important work we are doing to raise awareness and educate individuals about domestic violence and help prevent domestic abuse through our original app,” said Dr. Schulman. “Social media and apps can play a powerful role in empowering individuals to take action and change attitudes and behaviors and we are proud to be part of the challenge.”

The winning products were selected from 19 submissions from nine countries and were chosen on the basis of their innovation, design, potential impact, ability to integrate evidence-based information, and usability in different settings.

About Lankenau Medical Center

Lankenau Medical Center, a member of Main Line Health, is recognized as a national leader in advancing new options to diagnose and treat illness, protect against disease and save lives. Located on a 93-acre suburban campus just outside of Philadelphia, Lankenau Medical Center is a 389-bed, not-for-profit teaching hospital that includes one of the nation’s leading cardiovascular centers; the Lankenau Institute of Medical Research, one of the few freestanding hospital-associated research centers in the nation; and the Annenberg Conference Center for Medical Education. Lankenau offers state-of-the-art services from cancer care to maternity care. Lankenau is ranked as number six in Pennsylvania and number four in the Philadelphia metro area in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals. Lankenau Medical Center is also ranked nationally for diabetes and endocrinology, and is high-performing in eight specialties: cardiology & heart surgery, diabetes & endocrinology, gastroenterology & GI surgery, geriatrics, neurology & neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Lankenau has achieved The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for stroke care and breast cancer care and is one of the nation’s Top Performing Hospitals for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. Lankenau has also been ranked for multiple years as one of the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the nation by Truven Health Analytics. Lankenau has earned Magnet® designation for the third time for its superior nursing staff.

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