One in four people have a long-term health condition that requires daily management. In an average 8-10 minute* doctor’s appointment, up to 80% of that time** is spent bringing the doctor up to speed with how they have been – instead of discussing on-going treatment and care plans.
A new iOS app – Health Mapper (healthmapperapp.com) – has been launched to empower the millions of people managing single or multiple long-term health conditions to log their symptoms, medication and measurements, giving their doctor and themselves a better picture of their health.
Since launching in beta, the app has been downloaded 8,000 times, users are now tracking a total of 600 health conditions and their unique symptoms, medication and measurements.
Health Mapper was conceived when co-founder Stuart Wakeford spoke to his father Alan who has Parkinson’s disease. Alan had been preparing written reports on his health in order to quickly inform the doctor on how he had been since his last appointment. Stuart recognised that this note writing could be improved upon through a digital tool for recording symptoms, medication and other factors. Stuart developed the app over an 8-month period alongside a team of NHS doctors and patients.
The app enables users to:
• Track single or multiple health conditions
• Record any symptom, medication, measurement or lifestyle variable like sleep, diet, exercise and sleep
• Create, export and print health reports and custom charts
• Share tracking with their doctor, by printing, emailing or showing health reports during appointments
• Set alerts for remembering to take medication
• Integrate with Apple’s Health app enabling health data to be sent to and from other health apps and devices
Within the app there are thirty pre-set health conditions for users to track, including Depression, Asthma, Diabetes and Migraine (a full list of default conditions can be found on the Health Mapper website). During testing, 40% of users tracked more than 2 conditions and overall individual users created 100 new conditions.
A short embeddable video explaining the benefits of the app can be seen here: http://vimeo.com/105635826 .
Health Mapper is available to download for free on the App Store:
Stuart Wakeford, the co-founder of Health Mapper, had the following to say,
“By creating a health report for his consultant, Dad found there was a great deal more time in his appointment for asking questions and discussing the future. We’ve built Health Mapper to help others quickly and easily create health reports so they too can get more from their time with their doctor, whilst also gaining perspective on their health.
Health Mapper is perfect for managing diagnosed health conditions but can also be used if you’re concerned about your health and want to track some symptoms to aid your doctor with diagnosis.”