Cardiology nurse Lois Freeman calls the heart failure patients who are regulars at the Baltimore VA Medical Center "frequent fliers."
They cycle in and out of the hospital because they can't or won't follow the strict diet and exercise regime required to keep their medical conditions in check.
Intent on breaking this cycle of repeat readmissions, Freeman came up with the concept of a smartphone app to track the diet, weight and exercise of cardiology patients. Her idea recently received development funding estimated at $1 million from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Freeman, a nurse practitioner, and 14 other VA employees won the funding through the VA's...