The Need Medical institutions depend on accessing many sources of changing information in various different forms to be successful. Moreover, distributing this information in a concise user-friendly way for each role in the department can be difficult. In particular, this is important for busy, tertiary-level academic departments and large private practices with physicians who are responsible for making critical medical decisions and diagnoses for complex patients across large systems. These […]



The Need

Medical institutions depend on accessing many sources of changing information in various different forms to be successful. Moreover, distributing this information in a concise user-friendly way for each role in the department can be difficult. In particular, this is important for busy, tertiary-level academic departments and large private practices with physicians who are responsible for making critical medical decisions and diagnoses for complex patients across large systems. These physicians need to reach other healthcare providers to communicate critical findings, as well as contact staff providers to ensure appropriate testing is obtained and patient safety is considered. Integration of the trainee role including residents and fellows depending on the clinical setting is also paramount in order to continually support education and delivery of the best possible patient care. A mobile application that addresses all of these needs would prove essential for improving workflow efficiency and patient safety.

The Technology

The Ohio State University researchers Dr. Mina Makary and Nitin Egbert in the College of Medicine have developed RadApp, a mobile application for Android and iOS for centralized distribution of information to improve workflow, communication, networking, education, and patient safety in the healthcare setting. The application displays a centrally maintained list of resources with mobile-specific functionality for their use. This list includes hospital contacts that can be called and text paged; references, guidelines, staff schedules; access to a web-based evaluation/attendance recording system; and access to departmental and general radiology social media. Additional functions for ease-of-use include a rapid search tool and a “favorites” function for quick access to the most commonly used features of the app.

Commercial Applications

  • Departments looking to improve workflow efficiency and patient safety with a convenient, centralized source of information

    • Medical centers

    • Hospital Systems

    • Specialty Medical Practice Clinics

Benefits/Advantages

  • Menu options are populated from a centrally maintained list, allowing for customizability between different departments and hospital systems without administrators' need for programming knowledge
  • Resources accessible without an internet connection wherever possible
  • Resources have associated functionality accessible from within the application
  • Information easily searchable and be easily accessible
  • Maintenance does not require programming experience
  • Applicable to a wide-variety of operating systems including both Apple iOS and Android devices



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