March 30, 2011--On the heels of the AMA's launch of its first app for physicians--a free application that allows them to quickly find CPT billing codes--the organization has launched the 2011 AMA App Challenge, which is open to all U.S. physicians, residents, and medical students.
Participants are challenged to submit their app ideas online (http://www.amaidealab.org/) to be considered for implementation by the AMA. Submissions will be accepted through June 30, 2011, and two winners will be chosen--one from the resident/fellow or medical student category, and one from the physician category. Each winner will receive $2500 in cash and prices, plus a trip for two to New Orleans, where their winning app idea will be unveiled at the November AMA meeting.
The new CPT Evaluation and Management Quick Reference app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes store at http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cpt/e-m-quickref/id426712025?mt=8/. It is compatible with the Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. It features both decision-tree logic and quick search options, allowing physicians to digitally track CPT codes and email them anywhere. The most frequently used codes can be saved by location or type of service.