Ostom-i Alert


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Ostom-i Alert

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Cost:

The app is free, but the accompanying sensor (without which the app does not function) costs £49.00 / $74.99 / €54.99

Sensor for people who have had an ostomy: keeps the user informed about the contents level of their ostomy bag.

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Languages

Countries of use

Any in which the use speaks English (manufacturer's website also available in German).

Cost

The app is free, but the accompanying sensor (without which the app does not function) costs £49.00 / $74.99 / €54.99

Developer

James Hutchinson
(Based in United Kingdom)
Not known

Funder

Adam Bloom, partner at 11 Health & Technologies Limited, UK

Medical Adviser

Michael Seres, founder of 11 Health & Technologies Limited, UK (and patient)

Features

Reminders Reminders
Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities
Self-monitoring Self-monitoring
Trackers Trackers

Summary

Sensor for people who have had an ostomy. The sensor is a small medical device that clips onto the patient’s ostomy bag, and sends alerts to an app to inform the user about the contents level of their ostomy bag. The frequency of alerts and the level that triggers the sensor to send alerts can be set by the user. The app records the volume of input into the bag over set time periods, for the user to email to their physician. The same information is stored on the manufacturer’s database, as back up, and for patient and clinical access. The app-and-sensor system was created by a person who has had an ostomy. It is being clinically trialled by Stanford University. The sensor has a limited life span of three months (determined by battery life), and will eventually be replaced by a more slim-line version. The app and sensor is FDA approved, MHRA approved, has the EU’s CE Certification, and is featured on the UK’s NHS Library of Health Apps. An even smaller version of the sensor is planned.


Tags: Medical

Reviews

Reviewer: Broward Ostomy Association (United Ostomy Associations of America, UOAA), Broward Beacon, Fall 2013, p.14
Review: “The winner of the coveted Editor’s Choice award for best new product presented at the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) 2013 Annual National Conference goes to Ostom-i Alert. The Alert is a small sensor clipped to your ostomy pouch that reacts as the pouch fills. It then sends that information directly to your smartphone with a setting you choose personally, such as, “half full, or one third full”. … The totally delightful young inventor, Michael Seres, told me that in England the device has been very useful with non-compliant teenagers who tend to ignore their appliance when it gets too full, thus leading to accidents. I personally imagine using it to alert you if you’re medicated to the point of drowsiness, sleep deeply, or for a loved one with limited communications ability or the beginnings of dementia. The device can also be used in hospitals where medical professionals can safely monitor when your appliance needs emptying.”
Source: http://bit.ly/16pp4az
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/16pp22D
Reviewer: Ostomy Support Group of Middle Georgia (OSGMG), USA: The Ostomy Rumble Newsletter, September 2013, p.3
Review: “The most unique new gadget this year [at the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) 2013 Annual National Conference] was an app for a smart phone named Ostom-i Alert, made by a British company. A battery-operated sensor is attached to each side of the pouch about midway down. When the pouch is about two thirds full, the sensor calls your cell phone, or, I guess, maybe someone else’s phone.”
Source: http://bit.ly/16ppnSG
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/16ppnSI
Reviewer: It’s in the Bag NOA Newsletter, June 2014, pp.10-11 and 13, Canada
Review: Recommended by the Niagara Ostomy Association (NOA), Canada
Source: http://bit.ly/16ppI8a
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/16ppKNb
Reviewer: Vision Newsletter, Jan 2014, p.10, South Africa
Review: Recommended by Cancer Buddies, South Africa
Source: http://bit.ly/16ppZI2
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/16ppXQw
Reviewer:
Review: Recommended on Meet an Ostomate, USA
Source: http://bit.ly/16pq8Lv
Usage: Not specified
Weblink of reviewer: http://bit.ly/16pq8Lz

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