It seems that in today’s world, everyone has a smart phone. It’s hard to remember a time when we couldn’t google anything we liked at any time from the little computer in our pockets. While smartphones are great for games, pictures and internet, they can also be an invaluble tool for people with health conditions. New technology and software mean that it’s becoming easier for people with life threatening allergies to remember to carry their adrenaline pen, store it correctly, and alert parents and caregivers if the case has been opened for use. Here are two new technologies being developed to help make life easier for people with severe allergies.
EPI-TRAK is an app available for Android and coming soon to iOS. It works by using the GPS in your phone to monitor when you are leaving home, it then sets off an alarm and a screen pops up to ask if you’ve remembered your adrenaline pen. You can even set up multiple locations for work, a relative’s house, etc. Take a look at this video to see how it’s done.
The app is available free to download. It has a 14-day free trial after which you can pay a 3 month subscription for $3.99 or an annual subscription for $13.99. For more information, visit www.epi-trak.com
AnAPPhylaxis is a medical device which includes a smart case and an app. It provides information on the storage conditions, effectiveness and physical proximity of your adrenaline auto-injector through a Bluetooth connection with your smart phone. It also alerts you if you leave it behind, if the conditions it’s stored in are unacceptable and if the case has been opened for use in the event of anaphylaxis.
In the event of anaphylaxis, the case automatically alerts a pre-determined list of contacts. It can also alert emergency services. It even provides the location where the case was opened. It then plays a video showing the correct method of using the auto injector.
The device is currently undergoing clinical trials in the Hospital Universitari Vall d’Hebron in Barcelona, Spain.
“We are very excited that the clinical trial of our novel medical device and smart phone app is underway,” said Adan MI CEO Xavier Guillem. “There isn’t anything in the market like what we have created—an innovative and effortless device that pairs biotechnology and mobile health. This convergence of two fields is groundbreaking, and we are only just beginning to implement the potential of this technology.”
For more information, visit www.adanmi.com
For those of you who can’t wait or prefer the low tech way of remembering your adrenaline auto injector, check out our great range of cases and medication bags. A brightly coloured case, like our Anaphylaxis Emergency Response (AER) Case, left by the door can help remind you to bring your adrenaline on your way out. We also have cases for wearing on your belt, wearing on your arm or clipping onto a bag or pushchair.
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