Academic journal article Human Ecology

Smart Choice: Award-Winning App Connects Patients and Hospitals

Academic journal article Human Ecology

Smart Choice: Award-Winning App Connects Patients and Hospitals

Article excerpt

If you're sick and need to find the best hospital, there's an app for that.

HealthRank, developed by Anna Zhu '14, Sloan '15, George Shih, MD, associate professor of clinical radiology at Weill Cornell Medical College, and information sciences graduate student Tushar Rao, taps into a trove of New York hospital data to match users with their optimal provider.

Users enter their location and diagnosis, then rate the importance of four criteria: length of stay, cost, number of cases seen, and distance. HealthRank assigns each hospital a score on a scale of 0-100, ranked from best to worst match.

Zhu and collaborators demonstrated the technology last fall to Albany health officials, taking second place and a $10,000 prize in the state's inaugural Health Innovation Challenge, a contest to create consumer-friendly health care applications. This year, the HealthRank team plans to incorporate other public datasets and develop more robust ranking algorithms.

Zhu, who earned her Cornell undergrad degree in human biology, health, and society, joined the HealthRank team to better understand how to incorporate technology in health care. …

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