Educational HIV App

An HIV management application has been developed for CollaboRhythm that allows patients to track their medication adherence and to reflect on their performance through innovative visualizations. For example, a personalized simulation allows patients to see their medications protecting them from the virus in real-time. The application has been pilot tested, and it produced exciting improvements in care. (paper, video) Under the support of an NIH R01 grant, a multi-institution collaborative including UMass Medical School, MGH, and MIT will test the application with a larger population of patients.
 
This application is already very well suited for research studies. The overarching goals of this project are to 1) create a version of the application that is suitable for public availability and that can be deployed through the Android Play Store and iPhone App Store 2) augment the research version of the application with innovative new components, including point-of-care viral load and cd4 cell count testing and nutrition education, so that it can support exciting new research.
 
The specific technical accomplishments that will be addressed during the event are:
  1. Implement an offline mode for the app. Currently CollaboRhythm only works in an online mode with all data housed on the patients Indivo X personally controlled health record. A local cache will need to be created along with data synchronization services.
  2. Allow patients to enter their own medications for adherence tracking.
  3. Allow patient to enter their laboratory tests. This will include the ability to read point-of-care tests.
  4. Improve the adherence visualizations based on feedback from patients and experts in HIV health literacy and numeracy.
  5. Potentially add a nutrition education component to the app.
 
Currently registered participants:
  1. Representatives from Viiv Healthcare, a collaboration between GSK and Pfeizer focused on HIV care
  2. Experts in health literacy and numeracy in HIV from the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Baltimore City Health Department
  3. Representatives from Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program
  4. Researchers from the University of Capetown South Africa including a clinician and a software developer
  5. Biomedical Engineers from the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program who are developing point of care testing for HIV viral load and CD4 cell count