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airTEXT
developed by Cambridge Environmental Research Consultants (CERC) Limited


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
Information about current and forthcoming air pollution, pollen, ultraviolet levels, plus temperature, for Greater London, England.
Recommended by David Hiles, Head of Health Promotion, Asthma UK David Hiles, Head of Health Promotion, Asthma UK | BBC News Health, 14 July 2013


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Amber Homeless Helper

Amber Homeless Helper
developed by Nail Soup Ltd, UK


TrackersInformation

English

Cost: Free

Helps people in the UK who are homeless (and their providers of social care) to locate resources within a given geographical radius of their phone.

“We have often found that many homeless people (and the professionals working with them) are unaware of the many places offering support in the country today. As the majority of homeless people who Amber supports have mobile phones, we felt that a free app was an effective way of helping to signpost charities and other organisations offering services.” Charles Drew, CEO, Amber Foundation, UK [reported in local UK media] | http://bit.ly/MGmvqt


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

CalorieKing Australia Food Search

CalorieKing Australia Food Search
developed by CalorieKing Wellness Solutions Inc, Australia


Information

English

Cost: Free
Allows the calorie, carbohydrate, fat, and kilojoule content of foods to be checked.
“Carb counting.” Patient group specialising in diabetes, Australia | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Cochrane Library, The

Cochrane Library, The
developed by Mobile IQ


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
Up-to-date healthcare information from the UK-based Cochrane Library.
"Allows you to view up-to-date medical evidence from the Cochrane Library in a convenient, easy-to-navigate format." Health Consumers New South Wales (HCNSW) - Consumers Shaping Health in NSW, Australia | http://bit.ly/19dZlR7


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

HealthTap

HealthTap
developed by HealthTap Inc, USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English / German / Northern Sami / Spanish

Cost: Free

Offers answers to healthcare-related questions, according to condition, health concern, medication or symptom.

Recommended by Stickler Involved People, USA Stickler Involved People, USA | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Medical

iTriage

iTriage
developed by Healthagen LLC, USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Helps the user work out what medical condition they may have.

“This is a decent personal health record that offers other services, such as evaluating symptoms, finding doctors and facilities, and connecting to hotlines. This app is extensive, and offers an easy way to keep your health information with you wherever you go. It connects with Microsoft Health Vault (not a tool I really like), which is unique to some apps that do not connect to web apps where health information is already stored.” Patient group specialising in helping patients navigate national healthcare policy, USA | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Medical

NCT Babychange

NCT Babychange
developed by Axon Publishing, UK


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsInformation

English

Cost: Free

Directs parents of babies to the nearest public baby-changing facilities in the UK.

“Our ‘Babychange’ app uses the latest geolocation technology to let mums and dads easily find their nearest baby-changing facilities. The app allows parents to rate the changing room, so that others know if it’s a good, clean, changing facility. Parents can also add previously-unlisted locations via the apps interface. The app has been very well received by parents and NCT members, and has won several awards. It is easy to use, and parents tell us they love the fact that they are able to add new facilities when they find them, and to rate the ones they visit, so that other mums and dads can find their way out of a nappy emergency. Initially, the app did not allow users to add new locations when they were not actually there. However, the newest upgrade does allow you to recommend facilities even when you are somewhere else. Additionally, the biggest complaint we receive is that there is no version for Android, as of yet.” National Childbirth Trust (NCT), UK | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

RNIB Navigator

RNIB Navigator
developed by Sendero Group


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English / French / German / Hebrew / Spanish

Cost: Subscription (3 month or 1 year) ; In UK 30 days subscription £9.99, 1 year 64.99
App to help visually-impaired people to navigate step by step following voiced guidance.
“GPS has been available on the iPhone for some years now, however flipping between apps which provided separate components to the independent traveler's need for information was necessary…This is the first time that I feel I can use one app for all my GPS requirements when on the go.” Ibrahim, user of app, Peterborough UK | http://www.rnib.org.uk/rnib-navigator-–-app-month


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)  ·  Medical

Soundscape

Soundscape
developed by Microsoft Australia with Vision Australia, and other charities and not-for profit organisations


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free

App to help people with visual needs to navigate safely while walking

“Microsoft Australia and Vision Australia have announced the availability of Soundscape, a new application that empowers people who are blind or have low vision to explore the world around them through a 3D audio experience.

Soundscape uses 3D audio and location awareness to provide users with information about their surroundings to help build a mental map of what’s around them. By setting an audio beacon on a chosen destination or a familiar landmark, a user will always be able to keep track of where that location is as they make their way there. The app will also call out roads, intersections, and landmarks as a user walks past.

By wearing a stereo headset plus Soundscape, people who are blind or have low vision can explore the outdoor world with greater independence. With the 3D audio technology, the sounds are perceived as coming from the direction of the point of interest, so the user can build an image of what’s around from the sounds in the environment and the information coming from the Soundscape app.

Unlike traditional navigation apps that provide turn by turn directions, Soundscape helps users build an appreciation of the space as they move through it, empowering them to make their own navigational choices while at the same time enhancing their overall experience.

Used in combination with traditional mobility aids, like canes and dogs, a person with low or no vision can get from A to B and gain an appreciation of their surroundings on the journey – particularly if the environment is an unfamiliar one.

 “Soundscape gives me confidence in an outside environment, by helping me understand what’s around me – whether it’s a restaurant, café, railway station, walking bike/track, park, business or even a street name. It allows me to build a mental map of my neighbourhood,” said David Woodbridge, Access Technology Advisor, Vision Australia.

“Rather than dictate what I should do, it allows me to make my own decisions based on the information it is providing, meaning I am always in control. For me, it really is about feeling stress free when I’m out and about. The app is easy to use and I have my own personal markers set for different locations. My local coffee shop is always a priority and the ‘coffee shop’ marker on Soundscape gets a lot of use.”

…The intention of Soundscape is not to replace aids such as a dog guide or cane, but to enable a user to more naturally and intuitively connect with their environment without disrupting their ability to attend to other tasks, activities, or interactions with other people.

To this end, the product development group in Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research (AI&R) team have been working directly with Vision Australia’s Orientation and Mobility team for the last six months to have them test and integrate the use of Soundscape in their work with clients.”

Vision Australia, the not for profit organisation providing services to support people who are blind or have low vision. | http://bit.ly/2yLpHMg


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Talkforme

Talkforme
developed by iWord Ltd, Ireland


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: £69.40 [approximately €99.99, $108.30]

Communication tool that allows a user to convey needs through photographs taken with the phone, and sentences typed in.

“County Louth man, Karl McEvoy, who has a rare neurological movement disorder known as dystonia, has been given the gift of speech, thanks to a new revolutionary app developed by his father. Karl, now 21 years old, developed dystonia at four years of age, resulting in him being unable to communicate verbally with many people (apart from his family). The new app, ‘Talkforme’, has been developed by his father, Hugh, and gives people with a range of speech-impaired disabilities a tool to get their voices heard.” Dystonia Ireland | http://bit.ly/RDA5vi


Tags: Disability

Vacunas 3.0

Vacunas 3.0
developed by Everyware Technologies (spin-off of the University of Granada)


Information

English / German / Spanish

Cost: Free

Provides information on vaccines and vaccination.

"Offers information on infant-immunisation schedules (and recommendations), schedules for adults, travel vaccines, official vaccination centres. Currently underway is a programmable calendar, carrying data for each user (age, sex, previous immunisations, etc)." Representative of Hospital de Alta Resolucion El Toyo, Spain | PatientView survey 2012-2013


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

WebMD

WebMD
developed by WebMD LLC, USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Contains informational tools that can guide a user in making decisions about personal health.

“You can look up health-related information, and find information that is helpful. But there is not a lot on natural or alternative remedies.” National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Lane County, USA | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Medical

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