While the Internet and mobile applications provide tons of entertainment for smartphone users, there are cases when technology does more for the humankind than offering amusement. Such as situation is exemplified by Moovcare, a new mobile app for patients with lung cancer.
Even though it is still a prototype, this mobile feature already proved its efficiency during the trial period. Through constant monitoring of the general health condition of patients and alerts sent to doctors whenever a problem was detected, amazing results were registered. More than 70 percent of the patients diagnosed with severe lung cancer were still alive after one year from the moment they started using the application. When comparing that to the standard 49 percent of patients still alive after a year without using Moovcare, one can imagine why this application is such a breakthrough.
Furthermore, the users of this application lived seven months more than those who didn`t.
Not only that this mobile app for patients with lung cancer improved life expectancy and quality of life, but it managed to also reduce by 50 percent the number of CT scans required.
The mechanism behind Moovcare is very simple. The users of the application were required to report once a week on twelve different sensitive symptoms that may indicate a relapse. All the data gathered from patients was further analyzed by the algorithm of the application and sent via e-mail to the doctors in case any risk was involved.
Being able to take action promptly whenever a problem is detected proved to be a game-changing strategy when fighting this illness. Considering the fact that it is the world`s deadliest disease with over 1,5 million deaths every year, this mobile app for patients with lung cancer will certainly be very helpful if it goes on the market in 2017, as planned. Also, the application will be affordable as the cost of the technology used is not high.
However, supplementary costs may be generated due to the additional personnel needed to supervise and verify the reports sent via e-mail by the application. Cancer expert Patricia Ganz explains:
“You actually need someone in the office practice, whether it’s a nurse or some other person, who is looking at the data as it’s coming in and triggering a response.”
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