Posted by: Jenny Laurello
HDI, Health Data Initiative, Health Datapalooza, mHealth, Mobile applications, Mobile apps, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, RWJF, RWJF Developer Challenge, Symcat
If you were one of the lucky health care data geeks in attendance the Health Data Initiative Forum III: Health Datapalooza, then you know about Symcat. You are also familiar with fourth-year Johns Hopkins med students, Craig Monsen and David Do, whose homegrown mobile app recently won the $100,000 grand prize in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Aligning Forces for Quality Developer Challenge.
While Do was enjoying his honeymoon at the time of the event — which, after getting the news, must have been one of the best honeymoons of all time — I had the opportunity to chat with Monsen. The engineer turned med student turned app developer shared his reactions on beating out some truly stiff competition, and shed some light on health care mobile applications development — helping patients take a data driven leap from symptoms to solutions.