US: Med Students Create App to Connect LGBTQ Patients, Inclusive Doctors

Three medical students at the University of Pennsylvania are getting ready launch their LGBTQ-focused health care app, SpectrumScores, by the end of August. The app will connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer patients with doctors who have been recognized as LGBTQ-friendly by advocacy organizations, academic medical centers and, eventually, the app users themselves.

SpectrumScores founders Naveen Jain, Jun Jeon and Phil Williams met each other while brainstorming ideas for their university's PennHealthX competition, where student entrepreneurs develop health care-focused concepts.

At first, the trio considered focusing on issues such as blood pressure and acne, but then they changed course. "We all had a collective realization that [those ideas] weren’t really reflective of what we were actually passionate about," Williams told NBC News.

Jain, Jeon and Williams are all medical students at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, which is is atypical for the competition, because for the PennHealthX program, the university typically connects a medical student with a business student and an engineering student.

"We decided that we were going to try and go a bit rogue from the competition — form a group just made up of medical students and find the expertise to move forward along the way," Williams explained. Read more via NBC