Mobile App Developed by Shriners Hospital Cerebral Palsy Experts Wins National Award

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HipScreen, a mobile application developed by pediatric orthopaedic
surgeons at Shriners
Hospitals for Children — Northern California
, has put early
detection of hip disorders in children with cerebral palsy in the hands
of physicians and parents worldwide.

One in three children with cerebral palsy is at risk for hip development
problems. A regular schedule of examinations and x-rays — a hip
surveillance program — can preserve a child’s function and greatly
reduce pain. HipScreen promotes early detection by guiding users through
the surveillance process with educational materials and assessment tools.

The American
Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine
honored
HipScreen with its Fred P. Sage Award on September 24, 2016 at its
annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida. The Sage award recognizes
outstanding clinical research and educational material presented in an
electronic format.

Dr.
Vedant Kulkarni
, who led the development of HipScreen, accepted the
Sage award. Dr. Kulkarni is devoted to treating children with all types
of pediatric orthopaedic conditions and injuries. He has a special
interest in neuromuscular disorders such as cerebral palsy and is part
of the Cerebral
Palsy Center of Excellence
at the Northern California Shriners
Hospital, where he worked with the program director Dr. Jon R. Davids to
develop HipScreen.

The Academy also honored Dr. Kulkarni with the Mac Keith Press Promising
Career Award for his scientific presentation validating the accuracy of HipScreen’s
x-ray assessment tool.

“Hip surveillance has a long track record of success in Europe and
Australia where centralized medicine has allowed for close study of the
population of children with cerebral palsy. The application of these
proven hip surveillance programs in a global medical context will
require innovation,” says Dr. Kulkarni.

“By 2020, it is estimated that 70 percent of the world’s population will
have smartphone access and that 90 percent of the globe will have access
to high-speed data networks. The development of this app utilized this
growing technologic trend to educate and empower providers and families
to understand and implement hip surveillance guidelines,” Dr. Kulkarni
adds.

HipScreen gives providers and their families a resource to better
understand and utilize hip surveillance guidelines for children with
cerebral palsy. Its features include:

  • Embedded educational material on evidence for hip surveillance,
    radiologic and clinical evaluation, and clinical protocols for
    effective surveillance;
  • Evidence-based guidelines on frequency of clinical exam and x-rays; and
  • An easy-to-use tool for measuring x-rays on your devices, while
    maintaining patient privacy.

To learn more about the innovative HipScreen application, go to www.hipscreen.org,
where the app can be downloaded for Apple iOS devices. It soon will be
available for the Android platform.

Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of
children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research. Located
at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for
Children – Northern California provides care to children with
orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars
from any cause and other complex surgical needs. There are no barriers
to care as admission is based on age and diagnosis. Care is provided
regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call
(916) 453-2000 or go online to www.shrinerschildrens.org.

Contacts

Shriners Hospitals for Children
Catherine Curran, 916-453-2218
Public
Relations
ccurran@shrinenet.org