34 more health apps nominated by patient and consumer groups, July 2014

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Patient groups and empowered consumers nominate 34 more health apps, Now featured on myhealthapps.net

If the hope of health apps was to provide consumer and patients more support and enable greater self-care, then the latest health apps selected as favourite by patient and consumer groups go some way in fulfilling that intention.

The apps selected in the latest review by myhealthapps (MHA)/PatientView  provide education through gaming techniques in the understanding of infectious diseases. They inform about diverse issues on the availability of clinical trials, to the issue surrounding heart disease when you have HIV/Aids. Just as important they provide support to improve lifestyle and independent living: from calorie management specifically for type-1 diabetes, or management apps for people with neuroendocrine tumours to just simply controlling the locks on your front door or having a souped-up mobile phone for people with Parkinson’s disease to make “easy calls”. Important too, are apps that go beyond simple calorie counting but suggest alternative foods for you to eat for healthier living (Foodswitch). Self-care is a challenging issue for those with severe chronic conditions, but included here are apps for ADHD, bleeding disorders,  gastrointestinal conditions, HIV/Aids, Lupus, mental health and rare diseases such as hereditary angioedema (HAE). There are apps recommended for medicine management in asthma, and most chronic diseases (my medication passport) as well as support for tracking symptoms or improving diagnosis in heart disease, Parkinson’s and stroke.

During March-July 2014, 77 patient groups/empowered consumers from across the world nominated 34 new and diverse health apps for inclusion in myhealthapps.net.   15  of these 34 apps received a 5-star rating from myhealthapps.net:

  • Big Picture debates Brain. Interactive quiz/debate about social and ethical issues relating to the brain, developed by the Wellcome Trust.
  • Chemo Brain Doc Notes Free: Recording tool to help patients gain the most from a visit to a doctor.
  • Clinical Trial Seek:  Searches the National Institutes of Health clinicaltrials.gov database for cancer clinical trials.
  • Cook & Count Carbs: Allows the carbohydrate content of food to be calculated, primarily for people with Type-1 diabetes
  • FoodSwitch (Australian, New Zealand and UK version)Scans the barcodes of supermarket food; supplies nutritional information, and suggests healthier alternatives.
  • HemaGo: Tool for recording and tracking the symptoms, treatment and experience of living with haemophilia.
  • HIV and Your HeartInformation for people living with HIV/AIDS about how to avoid developing cardiovascular disease.
  • MoodKit: A means by which people with anxiety or depression can improve their mood.
  • MyFactor: Helps people with haemophilia to record and track bleeds and infusions, and share the information with doctors.
  • My LupusLog: Allows symptoms of lupus to be recorded, to help better manage the condition.
  • My medication passport: Allows people to record the details of the medicines they are prescribed.
  • My NET Manager: Organisational tool for people with a neuroendocrine tumour.
  • Parkinson’s UK EasyCall: Enables phone calls to be made with a single touch to the smartphone screen.

A 5-heart rating from myhealthapps.net (MHA) indicates that a health app can demonstrate all of the five major qualities that patients/health-oriented consumers say they require of health apps:

  1. Helps you control your condition/stay healthy.
  2. Is trustworthy.
  3. Is easy to use.
  4. Allows networking with people like you/who understand you.
  5. Can be used regularly.

Links to all of the apps can be found on http://myhealthapps.net Key: Name of app: detail. Developer: main developer, including medical advisers, participating patient groups, and funders.  MHA ratingmyhealthapps.net ‘heart’ rating, out of a possible 5. Approval by relevant authorities: when the app has been approved by the FDA, the MHRA, the NHS Library of Health Apps, or the Vodafone Foundation. Cost: price of the app. Languages: in which the app is available. Platforms: upon which the app is available. Number of reviews: provided by patient groups or empowered consumers (associated with a legitimate consumer/patient community). Latest news about updates to apps featured on myhealthapps.net:  Doctoralia is now available on Google Play for Android phones in Italy: . Patient/consumer groups and developers can submit an app for inclusion in myhealthapps.net at … http://myhealthapps.net/submit myhealthapps.net is published by PatientView, in partnership with: • European Health Forum Gastein • GSK • Janssen • NHS England • Novo Nordisk • O2 Telefonica

Educational/information apps

 Brain:

 Big Picture debates Brain: Interactive quiz/debate about social and ethical issues relating to the brain.

  •  Developer/funder: Cimex E-learning Ltd, funded by the Wellcome Trust.
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English, German, Northern Sami, Spanish
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Cancer:

Clinical Trial Seek: Searches the National Institutes of Health clinicaltrials.gov database for cancer clinical trials.

  • Developer/funder: Vogel Farina LLC, financed by Novartis Oncology.
  • MHA rating: 5.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Disease transmission: 

Plague Inc:  Recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a “a tool to teach the public about outbreaks and disease transmission”

  • Developer/funder: Mario Hros/ James Vaughan of Ndemic Creations Ltd, UK
  • MHA rating: 2.50
  • Cost: £0.99 [$0.99; €0.99]
  • Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish.
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 1

Solve the Outbreak: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) game in which the user acts as a roving epidemiologist investigating outbreaks of infectious disease around the world.

  • Developer: Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • MHA rating: 2.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 3

Heart:

Lifesaver Mobile: Video-gaming style of instructing people in how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

  • Developer: Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK), UK, and Dr Jasmeet Soar, Consultant in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, North Bristol NHS Trust, UK
  • MHA rating: 4.25
  • Cost: Free
  • Approval received from: NHS Library of Health Apps
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

HIV/Aids:

 HIV and Your HeartInformation for people living with HIV/AIDS about how to avoid developing cardiovascular disease.

  • Developer/funder: Left Brain Media (LBM) with input from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association; American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM); financed by Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • MHA rating: 5.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 4

 Rare diseases:

Treatable-ID: Information about the diagnosis and treatment of 81 treatable rare diseases that cause intellectual disability.

  • Developer/funder: Roderick Houben of HealtH2Media with input from Treatable Intellectual Disability Endeavor in BC (TIDE BC), Canada.
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 3

Managing lifestyle/independent living

Cancer

Chemo Brain Doc Notes Free: Recording tool to help patients gain the most from a visit to a doctor.

  • Developer/funder: Neuron Softech LLC, financed by CrowdCare Foundation Inc, USA
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost: Free (though a $1.99 [approx €1.43, £1.18] in-app purchase to allow patients to email the recorded memos to family or carers)
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

My NET Manager: Tool for helping people who have a neuroendocrine tumour to organise information relevant to their condition.

  • Developer/funder: Vogel Farina LLC, with input from  healthcare professionals, and patient advocacy groups, financed by Novartis Oncology
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English, French.
  • Platforms: Android, Apple.
  • Number of reviews: 3

SeeWord: Word game to help people with a brain tumour remember and recognise words.

  • Developer/funder: Kick App Productions, Inc, USA, financed by, and with input from, Thompson-Mason Brain Cancer Foundation, USA
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Cerebral Palsy

CPtoys: Identifies toys as being potentially suitable for children with cerebral palsy (CP).

  • Developer/funder: CPtoys and Monash Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 1

Disabilities:

Lockitron: Allows a door (when fitted with a Lockitron lock) to be unlocked without the need for a key.

  • Developer/funder: Apigy Inc.
  • MHA rating: 3.75
  • Cost: Free (but the lock itself is $179 [approx €129, £107])]
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Parkinson’s UK EasyCall: Enables phone calls to be made with a single touch to the smartphone screen.

  • Developer/funder:  Tecmark with input from Parkinson’s UK.
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 3

 Wellbeing

Cook & Count Carbs: Allows the carbohydrate content of food to be calculated, primarily for people with Type-1 diabetes

  • Developer/funder:HiQo Solutions Inc, USA and UK; designer: Daniel Pidcock, UK with input from Health psychologist Deborah Wilder, founder of Health Apps Ltd, UK
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Approval received from: NHS Library of Health Apps
  • Cost: $5.99 [€5.49; £3.99]
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 4

FoodSwitch (Australian version)Scans the barcodes of supermarket food; supplies nutritional information, and suggests healthier alternatives.

  • Developer/funder: George Institute for Global Health; Bupa Australia
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English (Australia only)
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 4

FoodSwitch (New Zealand version)Scans the barcodes of supermarket food; supplies nutritional information, and suggests healthier alternatives.

  • Developer/funder: George Institute for Global Health, Australia; Bupa Care Services New Zealand; National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI), University of Auckland
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English (New Zealand only)
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 3

FoodSwitch (UK version)Scans the barcodes of supermarket food; supplies nutritional information, and suggests healthier alternatives.

  • Developer/funder: George Institute for Global Health; Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH); Medical Research Council (MRC) Human Nutrition Research (HNR); British Heart Foundation (BHF) Health Promotion Research Group; Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English (UK only)
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 4

PACT: Encourages healthy eating and exercise.

  • Developer/funder: PACT
  • MHA rating: 3.25
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: 26 languages.
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Tokii QP3: Self-Help Coach: Personal development tool.

  • Developer/funder: Double Dare Studios Inc/Tokii
  • MHA rating: 3.75
  • Cost: Free, but with in-app upgrades/purchases
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Tot it up: Helps parents and carers record and analyse the food intake and activity levels of children aged 1-4 years.

  • Developer/funder: Grass Roots Group PLC, funded by Infant & Toddler Forum, UK, and Danone Nutricia, UK
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

 

Management of medical conditions

ADHD

Sorted: The daily organiser: Day-to-day organiser for people with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), or anyone wishing to be more organised.

  •  Developer/funder: Aurora Healthcare Communications with input from Amanda Kirby, Professor of Developmental Disorders in Education, the Dyscovery Centre, University of South Wales, Newport, UK. Financed by Janssen EMEA, Belgium.
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free.
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser
  • Number of reviews: 2.

Bleeding disorders:

 HemaGo: Tool for recording and tracking the symptoms, treatment and experience of living with haemophilia.

  • Developer/funder: CDM Princeton, funded by Novo Nordisk Inc, USA
  • MHA rating: 5.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 4

 MyFactor: Helps people with haemophilia to record and track bleeds and infusions, and share the information with doctors.

  • Developer/funder: BioRX LLC (national pharmacy and home infusion services provider specializing in highly customized treatment of hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, and related bleeding disorders)
  • MHA rating: 5.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English (US-oriented)
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 3

Gastrointestinal

CDHF Gi BodyGuard: Allows people with a digestive disorder to record and track factors relevant to their intestinal health.

  • Developer/funder: Jeff Sheckter; and Pivot Design Group, funded by Katz Group Canada Ltd/Rexall, Canada, with input from Canadian Digestive Health Foundation (CDHF), Canada
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

HIV/Aids:

PozTracker: Health management tool for people living with HIV/AIDS.

  • Developer/funder: PozTracker, UK
  • MHA rating: 3.25
  • Cost: $0.99 [Australia; Canada; USA]; €0,89; £0.69
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 3

Lupus:

My Lupus: Logs symptoms of lupus to be recorded, to help better manage the condition.

  • Developer/funder: User Computing Services, GlaxoSmithKline
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English (USA only)
  • Platforms: Android, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Mental health:

MoodKit: A means by which people with anxiety or depression can improve their mood.

  • Developer/funder: Xapnet Productions and Thriveport LLC, USA
  • MHA rating: 5.0
  • Cost:£2.99; €4.49; $4.99
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 4

CBT Keeper: Relies on cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help the user overcome anxiety and depression.

  • Developer/funder: Euthymic Labs LLC
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Approval received from: FDA
  • Cost: Free (‘premium’ upgrade costs $0.99)
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Android, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Rare diseases:

HAE Attack Tracker: Symptom and treatment diary for people with hereditary angioedema (HAE).

  • Developer/funder:  Patient-education specialists at Dyax, along with input from HAE patients.
  • MHA rating: 3.75
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 1

 

Medicine management

Asthma:

Propeller Health: When used with a matching bluetooth inhaler sensor, records usage of reliever inhaler by people living with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

  • Developer/funder: Propeller Health/Reciprocal Labs Corporation, USA (the financial backers of which include the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), USA).
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English, Spanish.
  • Approval received from: FDA
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 3

 Chronic disease

My medication passport: Allows people to record the details of the medicines they are prescribed.

  • Developer/funder: Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust with National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) for North West London (NWL) and patient involvement.
  • MHA rating: 5.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English.
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 4

 

Support with diagnosis

Heart

 AliveECG: Portable heart-rate monitor shaped as a case that fits around a mobile phone.

  •  Developer/funder: AliveCor Inc.
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: The app is free, but the case (without which the app will not work) costs $199 in the US, and £169 in the UK and Ireland.
  • Approval received from: FDA
  • Languages: English (for ireland, UK, and USA)
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Parkinson

 LiftPulse: Records the extent of a user’s tremor via the smartphone’s accelerometer.

  •  Developer/funder: Lift Labs/Lynx Design, via angel funding and funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA with input from International Essential Tremor Foundation (IETF), USA.
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 2

Stroke

Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.: Tool that teaches how to be aware of the symptoms of a stroke, and how to react

  • Developer/funder: Ad Council; and Grey New York with input from American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, USA, funded by Coviden.
  • MHA rating: 4.50
  • Cost: Free
  • Languages: English
  • Platforms: Android, Apple, Browser.
  • Number of reviews: 3