Who would have thought that using apps on your phone could in-fact support and improve your health and well-being?! This is not a new concept, but the growth in this space over the past few years has been astounding.
So following a breast cancer diagnosis it’s time to embrace your inner techy, and find some apps that work for you.
CHATTING WITH…DR NIKHIL POOVIAH & DR RAGHAV MURALI-GANESH
Dr Nikhil Pooviah and Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh are the co-founders of CancerAid – a cancer management and support app.
Nikhil, a radiation oncology advanced trainee, and Raghav, a radiation oncologist, were working together in the cancer ward at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney when they saw the need for providing diagnosed patients with a better information source.
With a vision of improving health care outcomes with the use of digital tools, they designed and developed the CancerAid App. The App quickly received investment and started to progress which led them to the bold decision of making the move from clinical medicine to digital medicine.
Nikhil and Raghav have now discovered a new skill-set in entrepreneurship that allows them to apply their medical background to help improve the lives of patients on a larger scale.
They have won many awards, been featured in publications all around the world, and recently they were also on Australia’s TV show, Shark Tank.
Nikhil and Raghav are true innovators, and are impacting the lives of cancer patients and carers around the world.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
HOW apps can support you to manage and improve your health and well-being
TIPS on researching your own apps
CHRISTY’S apps that she’s used since her breast cancer diagnosis
ALL ABOUT the CancerAid app and the four elements it currently includes
How can apps help us to manage and improve our health and well-being? They can help us to:
Monitor physical activity
Provide physical activity suggestions and programs
Monitor food / calorie intake
Plan healthier meals
Learn new skills
Stay on top of our medications
Keep track of personal data
Be part of communities
How to research your own apps?
Identify the area’s you might like some help in, and do some initial research.
Ask for recommendations from people you trust – any of your medical team, your physio, your pt etc.
Look for apps with credibility - sponsored or created by established health professionals or advocacy groups, medical organisations or universities.
Narrow it down to a few in each area, and take them for a test drive. This will eat up some memory, but you can just delete the duds later.
Read the fine print….you need to know how your personal data will be used.
Although the majority of apps are free, you should always check for in-app purchases.
Finally, get your personalised suite of apps and use them to improve your health and well-being and make your life a little bit easier!
Some of Christy’s favourite apps:
Map My Run - its a fitness tracking app that I use to record all my walks. It uses the GPS in your phone to record how long you walked for, distance, pace and speed.
My Fitness Pal - I use this to enter my food choices to monitor my calorie intake, and record my weight.
Headspace - my favourite meditation and mindfulness app that essentially teaches you how to do it!
MedAdvisor - this Aussie-made app helps patients to keep track of multiple medications and has a handy alert function when medications need to be taken or re-stocked.
Nike Training Club - an app loaded with workouts that vary in time, type and intensity.
Recharge - an app by Reachout which offers a personalised six week program focused on improving mood, energy and wellbeing by putting in place good sleep / wake patterns.
About the CancerAid App. The app:
Has been designed by doctors, with patients, clinicians and caregivers and aims to improve patient outcomes
Is designed for anyone with a cancer diagnosis, however is also useful for caregivers and even the general public.
Provides four solutions to common problems:
Personalised cancer information – type, diagnosis, pathology & stage. This allows patients to read the information at their own pace, take it home and talk about it with their family
Journey organiser – a personal journal where patients can micro-blog their experiences. Within this there is also a symptoms journal and medication area.
Champions – allows the patient to nominate a support network of personal and medical champions. Champions can monitor the progress of their hero and provide care.
Community – allows patients to connect with others going through similar experiences.
Has new releases coming including an expansion of the journal to include treatments, exercise and nutrition, and also a resources component.
Is relevant to those in all stages of their cancer diagnosis.
Is the number one Cancer App in Australia, the US and the UK.
Did you know?
Christy's favorite apps:
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