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Asthma Management App First of Many for Nemours

By Alexandra Wilson Pecci  
   November 14, 2017

Other chronic conditions and well-child tools are next in the development process.

The Nemours app for asthma from Nemours Children’s Health System is part of a new digital health strategy at the organization that provides its e-health tools for patients on a single platform.

This article is part two of the conversation with Gina Altieri, CPA, senior vice president and chief of strategy integration at Nemours Children’s Health System, and PJ Gorenc, operating officer of the Nemours Center for Health Delivery Innovation.

Part one of the conversation covered topics such as the impetus for creating the asthma app, including considerations about value-based payments.

In early November, Gorenc and Altieri talked about Nemours' digital health strategy at the U.S. News & World Report Healthcare of Tomorrow conference in Washington, D.C., ahead of the app's launch.

This conversation has been edited for clarity.

HealthLeaders Media: What’s the full timeline? When did you start the development process?

PJ Gorenc: We convened the team of developers and designers that are working on this on September 12, 2016. We took the remainder of 2016 to do the groundwork: All of the interviews and initial designs and conceiving of this. We’re starting with asthma, but this really needs to be the framework or an infrastructure that can be the interface for Nemours with patient families. We just happened to be starting with asthma. There was a lot of conception that needed to happen in terms of how that would all work.

We started writing code for asthma and developing that app the second week of January this year [2017].

Alexandra Wilson Pecci is an editor for HealthLeaders.

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