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April 24, 2014

Meet Emma: The App that Hopes to Keep Young IBD Patients on Track

By Margaret Shepard, Communications Specialist

Educating and providing resources are important parts of pediatric care. About 25% of people with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are diagnosed before the age of 18. Providing pediatric patients with resources and information to transition them into independent management of their disease is a difficult task with no guides for the transitional process. Researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Oklahoma are seeking to change that through Emma, an interactive game to test patients knowledge of IBD-related topics.

Jeanne Tung, M. D., discusses the concept of the app, "The idea is that when kids arrive at the clinic, they are handed the iPad and enter some nonidentifiable, patient-specific information such as age, sex, type of IBD and medications. That starts the game, which consists of launching a rocket across an island with the goal of traveling the furthest distance. The nurse or physician then reviews the questions and decides what the teaching points that day should be."

Read about the iPad app further in the IBD Newsletter.

Here more from Dr. Tung about advances in technology and IBD.

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Tags: Emma, IBD, iPad app, Jeanne Tung, pediatric care, pediatrics, technology, Tips from Clinicians, University of Oklahoma

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