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Josette Jones

Graduate students gain hands-on experience designing online tools for alcohol/drug recovery programs

January 13, 2012

Josette Jones, associate professor of Health Informatics, and graduate students Van Hemmerlein, Juma Magere, Justin Snodgrass and Troy Tucker teamed with White Pine Systems, LLC, during the fall 2011 semester, to design requirements for online tools that help recovery coaches work with men and women with drug and alcohol problems.

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with this excellent team,” said Doug Dormer, White Pine’s founder and CEO. “Following our Care Unit Method, the team interviewed industry leaders and reviewed literature to develop an excellent Care Unit Analysis that expresses the unique requirements around substance abuse. Based on this important work, White Pine is now delivering a patient portal for one of the leading substance abuse organizations in the United States.”

White Pine’s patient portal system (called SPINN – the Secure and Personal Information and Notification Network) is organized around Care Units, resulting in a user experience that is easier, quicker and more relevant for each patient and caregiver. Examples of Care Units include diabetes, COPD, hypertension, pregnancy, cancer, pediatrics and substance abuse.

The Substance Abuse Care Unit includes a number of features appropriate to substance abuse recovery that are not found in other patient portals. The Substance Abuse Care Center follows similar work by White Pine and IUPUI around other care units including diabetes, hypertension, juvenile obesity and pediatrics.

“Through the collaboration with White Pine, our students gain real-world, first-hand experience,” Jones said. “With the ability to view their personal health information and share it with trusted healthcare providers and coaches, people will be empowered to make more informed decisions about their health and the health of their families.”




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