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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
All-Encompassing Multiple Sclerosis App Coming to Apple and Google Play in 2016
Finally a way for Multiple Sclerosis patients to manage their disease easily through their smart-phones or tablets. The Basic MS Explorer application is being developed and will be available under Apple and Android formats in early 2016.
Many patients have issues taking their meds on time or missing them altogether. With this application the user is able to enter all of their medications, (whether it be a steroid, antidepressant or bladder control) frequency of use, dosage and personalize a notification as a reminder. As of now this is the only app that will take care of all the patient’s meds in one place. The patient will tell the app if they took their dose and if they didn’t, the app will tell them how to handle a missed dose.
When the user registers with the free app, they will indicate to the application when they were diagnosed and what type of MS they have. Based on what they enter they be served a checklist of symptoms that they could check-off each day during an extremely short and easy “daily-self assessment”. Provided the patient consistently updates the app, they will be able to print their “quick-sheet” and hand it to their doctor at the start of their bi-annual visit. This quick-sheet will show everything as far as symptoms, falls, inconsistency in taking medications and anything else that their doctor would need to see. Eventually, this quick sheet will be available electronically to the physicians and nurses via a portal as well.
However, this application is not just a tool to input information. Through the app, the user will have access to all of the information from the Basic MS Explorer website.
Meaning there would be an encyclopedia of MS drugs at their fingertips, as well as:
· A multiple sclerosis blog that is updated daily with breaking news and helpful tips
· Nearby advocacy/support groups
· Upcoming patient-based conferences and events
· A comprehensive list of assistive devices
· Any new research articles/updates
· Drugs coming down the pipeline
· A video/audio library featuring MS patients and respected thought leaders
Also available to the user would be the 5 easy access icons. In the event of emergency the user would be able to simply swipe from the left on all screens to show the icons and press the corresponding icon to call 911. They would also be able to program 2 emergency contact numbers into the app under “friend 1” and “friend 2” and press their respective icons to immediately call them if need be. This app will be voice activated too, so pressing that icon allows the user to say (or type) a search term and be brought to that screen on the app. The 5th icon would be to record a voice memo, something very useful for patients who experience memory issues.
Anyone interested in learning more about the application, or receiving the first available beta-demo of the app can send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org