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For the third year, Nursing students teamed with those in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) for the mHealth Challenge, part of Global Entrepreneurship Week at Penn State.

The mHealth Challenge is an event in which undergraduate students from different colleges collaborate to develop a low-fidelity prototype of a mobile health application. The students form teams that are tasked with identifying a social health need associated with a specific targeted audience, then developing an app to address that need. Over a two-night period, the teams pitch their proposals to a panel of judges chosen for expertise in health care and business.

One of the four Nursing/IST teams placed third for an app they named “Vax Trax,” designed to help parents keep track of their children’s numerous immunizations. Team members were Katie Mueller and Alayna Hetting from Nursing, along with Chris Carradorini and Matthios Dejene from IST.

Other Nursing teams for this year were:

  • Caregiver Central—an organizational tool for patients to manage their health care needs by coordinating medical records, setting goals, and planning out future appointments. (Team members: Kimberly Hench and Olivia Smith, Nursing; Thomas Jensen and Thomas Fitzpatrick, IST)
  • My Community—a communication tool that uses gaming technology to teach children with mild to moderate autism to express themselves and communicate with others appropriately. (Team members: Matt Shea, Luke Reichart, and Mackenzie Woodard, Nursing; Arian Shamloo and Brooke Jin, IST)
  • CP: Making a Better Me—an app that encourages children with cerebral palsy to perform exercises to optimize their gross motor function by using a sensor suit that measures and records progress. (Team members: Danielle Avivi and Alyssa Guerra, Nursing; Jay Patel and Ahmed Alabdullatif, IST)

Beth Cutezo, assistant teaching professor and instructor for the Community and Family Health Nursing (NURS 415) course, shared adviser duties for the Nursing student teams with Megan Costello, assistant teaching professor in IST.