Capturing Whole-Person Health Data Using Mobile Applications

Robin Austin, Karen Monsen, Susan Alexander

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-17
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Nurse Specialist
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2021

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Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor, (Austin), University of Minnesota School of Nursing; Professor, (Monsen) University of Minnesota School of Nursing; and Associate Professor (Alexander), University of Alabama in Huntsville College of Nursing. The authors report no conflicts of interest. Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Science Award, University of Minnesota (UMN CTSI CEARCH, 2018-2019 UL1 TR002494). Correspondence: Robin Austin, PhD, DNP, RN-BC, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing ( DOI: 10.1097/NUR.0000000000000572

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Healthcare is a challenging business. As nurses, we related to health, we can address challenges and needs are called to evaluate and treat the whole person, effectively. but the data we capture about our patients are of- ten not reflective of the whole-person philosophy, nor is it patient-centered. When we fail to appreciate patients' strengths, we may underestimate the impact of these strengths upon health and health-related outcomes. Be- cause our methods of assessment frequently do not cap- ture the holistic overview of a patient's health status, our perspective of population-based care processes also suf- fers. A new mobile application (app) seeks to change the way patient-generated health data are collected and aggre- gated by combining individual and population-based health perspectives in an actionable platform for clinicians. MyStrengths MyHealth (MSMH) is a whole-person, strengths-based, consumer-facing mobile enhanced ap- plication designed for individuals, families, and commu- nities to self-report whole-person health as strengths, challenges, and needs. MyStrengths MyHealth was devel- oped by Drs Robin Austin and Karen Monsen at the Uni- versity of Minnesota School of Nursing, with the support of several foundation and federal grants, including a Na- tional Institutes of Health Clinical and Translational Sci- ence Award at the University of Minnesota. MyStrengths MyHealth fills a gap in app-driven collection of health data to and from consumers. By improving our understand- ing of personal-and population-level strengths and challenges

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