A team of Georgia Tech College of Computing graduate students swept top honors at a competition to create style sheets to display information in a Continuity of Care Document to a primary care physician taking calls from patients after hours.

The goal was to present data from the CCD in a way to maximize the speed and effectiveness of care. The NHIN CONNECT Code-a-Thon Challenge was held April 28-29 in Florida International University in Miami. NHIN CONNECT, federally sponsored initiative that has developed software to aid connecting to the emerging nationwide health information network, sponsored the competition.

The winning team, called the Georgia Tech Flatliners, presented solutions for three issues, or approaches, and received first, second and third prizes against other college teams and working professionals.

First prize was a Problem Oriented Approach to arrange clinical data by problem. Second prize was a Multi-Context Approach to provide a visual display enabling a physician to arrange information according to his or her preference and practice patterns. Third prize was a Rapid Access Approach to provide easy direct navigation among all data in the CCD.

More information is available at http://hit.fiu.edu/challenge.htm.

--Joseph Goedert


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