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Creating a pp s to aid Patien ts Nursing faculty “go digital” to improve patient care

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By Chris Jenkins

The easy-to-use touch screens and slick navigation systems that make tablet-style computers such a hit with users also make them a great platform to help solve issues in health care — from easing the anxiety of patients with autism to simplifying the complexities of family planning. “Because it’s a social trend, it’s important for us to keep up-to-date with how people are communicating,” says Dr. Margaret Sebern, an associate professor in the College of Nursing who is developing an application to help Alzheimer’s patients and their families put together a care plan. With this trend in mind, several Marquette nursing professors are developing their own apps, often teaming up with faculty and students from Marquette’s Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, other colleagues with expertise in technology, and partners at other institutions.

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