Provides information on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), dieticians and hospitals, and on the activities of France-based patient group, Association Francois Aupetit (AFA).
Simplified phone ‘home’ screen for older people, and for people with visual impairment (and even for anyone who dislikes numerous phone icons).
“Being a CF teenager:
Young patients with CF often do not have enough information about their illness and how to effectively fight it. Growing up as a teenager is not an easy process by itself. For cystic fibrosis youngsters, there are even more challenges to tackle. This age of defiance takes its toll and usually brings decreasing therapy adherence.
Building good habits and improving adherence:
Smartphones are more and more used in healthcare and self-management. The idea is to utilize the enormous potential for the target group which uses the smartphone extensively at every occasion. CF Hero focuses on building a long-term habit of daily exercises (inhalation and airway clearance). The mobile application enables good use of the playful design and psychological triggers to persuade teenagers to adhere to therapy willingly and so that they know why they should stick to it. It also helps to sideline the parents a bit as they very often play the role of a “watchdog” (as kids say) and transfer maximum responsibility onto the child.
…By using gamification, CF Hero improves the commitment of young patients to treatment. Inhalation is a “game” for which virtual coins (little oxygens) are earned if the user sticks to the plan.
…The app collects data about inhalation therapy and physiotherapy (device, medicines and its doses, frequency) that can be further shared with healthcare practitioner who often doesn’t have regular feedback from the patient.
…With earned virtual oxygen coins and fulfilled inhalation plan, the user can enter interesting and funny comics stories that show real-life or fictional situations linked to CF. The reward-like mechanism of achieving these stories aims to build long-term habits but also educate the user about different aspects of CF life in an entertaining way.”Klub nemocných cystickou fibrózou, the patient group which developed the app | https://bit.ly/2UaS15Y
Voice-recognition app that turns spoken words into on-screen text, which can be used as notes or as email.
Speech-recognition app that allows the user to conduct Internet searches on the phone through voice commands.
Shows citizens of EU Member States how to apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
Quick, simple, self-applied hearing test that does not require an appointment with a medical professional.
Diabetes logbook for recording and tracking blood-glucose levels, blood pressure, carbohydrate intake, and medication.
App enabling adults and children with communication difficulties to express their views
“The Talking Mats app can be used as an interactive tool to help a person express their opinions, choices, ideas and preferences. The app is specifically designed for people with communication difficulties to express their ideas on a wide range of topics through a structured discussion format.
…Talking Mats incorporate the use of pictures to facilitate discussions. A person can choose the pictures they would like to have available then sort them under a visual scale (e.g. yes/no/maybe).
…The app provides instructions and has a simple display with pictures that can be moved on the screen.
…The app is motivating in itself to use as a person is able to choose between a range of symbols to communicate their preferences to another person. A person can move symbols on the screen to reflect their thoughts and preferences. The app does not produce any sounds and is designed to use interactively during conversations.
…A person can import their own pictures to the Talking Mat, thereby making it more relevant to their day to day living activities.
The app can provide a visual framework to guide conversations and may be used to:
Many people with Autism are visual learners, therefore presenting information in an interactive, visual form may appeal to many people and support a person to express themselves.”Autism apps, a website run by the Autism Association of Western Australia, a not-for-profit service provider, research and patient advocacy organisation | http://bit.ly/2QoIpoB
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