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Team Health Owl. Get Empowered. Make smart choices. Michael A. Diefenbach, Ph.D. & Kevin Durr Mount Sinai School of Medicine & notsoldseparately.com LLC. An app designed to make cancer screening and its decision-making process simple and reliable. Background.

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Team health owl

Team HealthOwl

Get Empowered. Make smart choices.

Michael A. Diefenbach, Ph.D. & Kevin Durr

Mount Sinai School of Medicine & notsoldseparately.com LLC

An app designed to make cancer screening and its decision-making process simple and reliable


Background
Background

  • Early detection is an important component to the Nation’s cancer control efforts.

  • However:

    • Not every person benefits from screening

    • Screening can be distressing

    • Not all cancer screening procedures reduce Cancer mortality

    • Screening recommendations vary across organizations

  • Thus, patients need to be

    • informed about their options

    • involved in the screening decision process


Aims of the app
Aims of the App

  • Provide tailored cancer screening recommendations based on recorded cancer family history and demographic variables

  • Educate users about screening procedures & cancer prevalance & mortality data by US state

  • Provides Pros and Cons of screening

  • Provide decision tool to aid in the decision making process

  • Testimonials from people who did/did not screen

  • Provide action plan to assist in identifing physicians, communicating ones decision to provider, provide information about screening for the non-insured

  • Provide reminders about screening appointments

  • Offers mental health resources for emotional distress


Theoretical framework
Theoretical Framework

  • Self-regulation framework (SLR) guides the development. SLR has these key elements

    • Cancer relevant expectations, beliefs, including self-efficacy beliefs and beliefs about screening and treatment

    • Cancer relevant affective states

    • Perceived competencies

  • The app will speak to each of these 3 key components, by:

    • Addressing beliefs and expectations

    • Providing reassuring messages and resources to cope with distress

    • Offering detailed action plans


Use of public available data
Use of public available data

  • Screening recommendations and screening information will be generated from NCI’s PDQ and Medline+.

  • Prevelance data by state and county level for all major cancers from http://statecancerprofiles.cancer.gov


Health owl on these platforms
HealthOwl on these Platforms

  • The app will be available:

    • on the web

    • On mobile platforms

      • iPhone, Android, Blackberry & Windows Phone 7 , and the Web (Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, Safari )

  • Key Technologies

    • HTML5, CSS3, jQueryMobile, PhoneGap

Visit http://www.healthowl.org/tour/ to watch an interactive video tour of our prototype


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