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The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin have partnered on an app that provides real-time communication between doctors that treat patients whose cancer has spread to the brain.

The app, called NIMBLE, also provides data-driven treatment recommendations for doctors and references to medical publications, helping doctors speed up the treatment process. NIMBLE is an acronym for Network for the Integrated Management of Brain Metastasis: Linking Experts.

“People who have brain metastases often cannot wait days for treatment recommendations,” said Joseph Bovi, a MCW associate professor and medical director of radiation oncology who co-created the app. “Today, the survival and quality of life for people with brain metastasis is improving. NIMBLE takes it one step further by providing faster access to the experts and resources needed to treat brain metastases.”

The app was created by students through the university’s App Brewery, a mobile innovation lab launched in 2013, where students design, develop and host mobile apps. The NIMBLE app is free for doctors and available on IOS and Android systems.

“UWM provides essential experiential opportunities to our undergraduate students through the App Brewery,” said UWM chancellor Mark Mone. “And the entire region benefits from the collaborative, entrepreneurial work that generates products like NIMBLE.”