Our Bodies, Our Apps: For the Love of Period-Trackers
My 18-year-old daughter knows exactly when it will be that time of the month. Since June, she’s been plugging the dates of her menstrual cycle into a popular period tracking app, and has it programmed to send her an alert every month, two days before her next period is due.
There are over 200 different period tracker apps to choose from, and they are immensely popular.
How Period Trackers Have Changed Girl Culture, nytimes, NOVEMBER 12, 2015
Our Bodies, Our Apps: For the Love of Period-Trackers, nytimes, JANUARY 23, 2014.
Dr Now: the smartphone app that puts you in touch with a GP – for a fee
A UK tech firm is offering video consultations with doctors via mobile phone. The revolutionary Dr Now(®) platform connects patients with qualified GPs through remote video consultation to “give them the medical diagnosis they need, when they need it“.
The Dr Now website, which boasts it is the world’s first website to diagnose and deliver medicine, even has a corporate page that lets businesses calculate potential cost savings, based on the number of staff and average salary. It is in discussions with several big pharmaceutical companies.
Sources and more information
Dr Now: the smartphone app that puts you in touch with a GP – for a fee, theguardian, 2 August 2015.
The Yellow Card is a free smartphone app for reporting suspected side effects (or adverse drug reactions) to the UK’s Yellow Card Scheme. Created in collaboration with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the UK government medicines watchdog, the Yellow Card Smartphone App is the only health app that allows you to report medicine side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme to help the MHRA ensure they are acceptably safe for patients. Users can select specific medicines or vaccines to track and receive news and alerts about them.
Yellow Card Smartphone App Key Features
provide a convenient alternative to using paper Yellow Card forms or the Yellow Card website
the app is free to use for everyone on iOS and Android
is easy to use for reporting side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme
enables users to:
create a ‘watch list’ of medications to receive official news and alerts on
view numbers of Yellow Cards received by MHRA for medicines of interest
see immediate response that shows Yellow Card has been accepted
submit updates to Yellow Cards already submitted
view previous Yellow Cards submitted through the app
Mick Foy, Group Manager for MHRA’s Vigilance and Risk Management of medicines division said:
” The contribution of patients, careers and healthcare professionals alike in reporting suspected side effects to the Yellow Card Scheme is vital. The evidence helps MHRA detect safety issues and take the necessary action to keep the public safe.
Moving Yellow Card onto a mobile app is a logical progression in this digital age, allowing us to build on the existing website to improve user engagement. It offers some good functionality to access further safety information, and it will continue to evolve over the course of the WEB-RADR project based on user feedback. “
Life Sciences Minister George Freeman MP commented:
” The Yellow Card Scheme has played a vital role in the safety of medicines for the last 50 years and the launch of this new mobile app brings it into the 21st century.
By making the scheme accessible to researchers, healthcare professionals and millions of patients, it will not only improve the safety of reporting but ultimately better protect people’s health and support research in the NHS. “
More info and videos
Download the free app on iTunes and GooglePlay to easily report drug side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme via your cell phone or tablet.
Digital evolution for ground-breaking Yellow Card Scheme, GOV.UK press release, 14 July 2015.
George Freeman talks about the benefits of the new health app from the UK MHRA
In this video published by MHRAgovuk on 14 Jul 2015 , George Freeman talks about the benefits of the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency new Yellow Card free app.
More info and videos
The new Yellow Card smartphone app supplements an existing one-stop website and is the only app that allows patients, carers and healthcare professionals to report medicine side effects directly to the Yellow Card Scheme to help MHRA ensure they are acceptably safe for patients. Users can select specific medicines or vaccines to track and receive news and alerts about them.
World’s First Interactive Mobile Clinic App on Elderly Care
Smart Ageing app by BorderlessHealthLab is an interactive online/mobile learning application to help elderly people, their caregivers and family members in going through and managing the aging process in a smart way by focusing on a preventative approach, as it may come with a set of challenges that can seem overwhelming for some. With Smart Ageing app, you will be able to utilize a mobile platform to enable access to knowledge and information, ensuring that the elderly people and caregivers are sufficiently equipped and are confident to face challenges in elderly care. The app offers 11 modules that covers topics like “Successful Aging”, “Nutrition—Myths and Facts”, “Mental Wellness as You Age” and “Keeping Bones Strong”.
Designed to support domestic helpers, caregivers, and minders in providing quality home care for elderly individuals
The Medically Informed Minder app by BorderlessHealthLab is designed to support domestic helpers, caregivers, and minders in providing quality home care for elderly individuals. Special emphasis is placed on helping caregivers and minders navigate through complex bio-psycho-social scenarios in elderly care, in a simple Learn – Observe – Recall – Practice methodology. The MIM Viewer app is also on Facebook.
In a world first collaboration lead by Cancer Research UK, Amazon Web Services, Facebook and Google developers joined academics, scientists, gamers and designers for a weekend GameJam. Their aim was to transform Cancer Research UK’s cancer gene data into an engaging and playable game that would generate robust scientific analysis. In just 48 sleep deprived hours, this inspirational collaboration produced 12 gaming prototypes based on Cancer Research UK’s cancer gene data – truly epic achievement.
Play to CureGenes in Space is a pioneering mobile phone game from Cancer Research UK, which lets players unravel real cancer data through a space game. What would have taken scientists hours to analyse, can now be done faster with your help and the collective force of thousands of players. Watch this to find out more about the game and see real game play.
Help Cancer Research UK Beat Cancer Sooner through a Space Game
If you have ever wanted to help cure cancer, you might now be able to do so – with a spot of space-travel from the comfort of your own home. Scientists at Cancer Research UK have developed an intergalactic smartphone game to help them analyse the overwhelming reams of genetic data generated in recent studies. They hope thousands of people will play the game, simultaneously trawling through genetic material to pinpoint more precisely which genes cause the disease.
Play to CureGenes in Space is a new pioneering mobile phone game from Cancer Research UK, which lets players unravel real cancer data through a space game. What would have taken scientists hours to analyse, can now be done faster with your help and the collective force of thousands of players. Watch this to find out more about the game and see real game play.
Easily find safe and trusted apps to help you manage your health
” The Health Apps Library makes it simple for you to you to easily find safe and trusted apps to help you manage your health. These have been reviewed by the NHS to ensure they are clinically safe and relevant to people living in England. They then get rated by you and the health care community.
All apps submitted to the Health Apps Library are checked to make sure that they are relevant to people living in England, comply with data protection laws and comply with trusted sources of information, such as NHS Choices.
Once an app has met these minimum requirements, we then check to see whether the app could potentially cause harm to a person’s health or condition. For example, is the app limited to providing information from a trusted source – or might it go on to provide personalised medical recommendations or treatment options? If so then potentially there could be harm caused by improper use of the app, and so it’s these apps that we want to check out to make sure that they are safe.
Our clinical assurance team – which is made up of doctors, nurses and safety specialists, work with the developer to make sure the app adheres to our safety standards. During this process any potential safety concerns are identified and either designed out or dealt with so that any remaining risk is at an acceptable level.
As this is new territory, we are learning as we go along – and it’s likely that the review process will be updated and improved over time. But we will always ensure that there is a clear explanation about the current process and the work that we are doing as regards safety in health technology.
If you have thoughts about how it could be improved, please do fill in the feedback Form. ”