Major Update to AvidNurse™ App Released

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Rebuilt app provides tobacco cessation referral tool and point-of-care enhancements.

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We believe that nurses play a vital role in healthcare and deserve the best tools available.

The Nurse Oncology Education Program (NOEP) has released Version 2.0 of its AvidNurse app. Available free in the Apple App Store, AvidNurse is completely re-designed to make it easier to navigate its tools for care and evidence-based guidelines. A version for Android will launch next month.

In addition to cancer screening recommendations, medication calculators and pain scales, AvidNurse now provides tobacco cessation education based on the “Ask, Advise, Refer” model and a patient referral tool that securely integrates with the Texas Tobacco Quitline® funded by the Department of State Health Services. Nurses earn “badge” achievements for every patient they refer to the clinically proven program.

When AvidNurse was launched in January 2011, nurses were primarily using apps to access drug reference information and data management tools. Now, more nurses than ever are using smartphones in clinical settings for a variety of tasks and the market is growing. A recent survey conducted by Wolters Kluwer Health’s Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) found that 71% of nurses are already using smartphones for their job (Wyatt & Krauskopf, 2012). With the recent upgrade of AvidNurse, NOEP remains on the forefront of the mobile nursing trend and helps nurses provide better care for patients.

“We believe that nurses play a vital role in healthcare and deserve the best tools available,” said Kim Johnson, Chief Operating Officer for Ringful Health, the app’s Austin-based developer. “We redesigned AvidNurse to make the current tools easier to use on more devices and enable nurses to connect to more resources.”

AvidNurse is made possible by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

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