5 apps for pharmacy patients

Here are some picks from the App Store related to medicine, health and wellness

1. MiFertility Plan (Free)

This Australian calendar tool features alerts and reminders for the stream of appointments, tests and medicines that women undergoing IVF treatment need to manage each year.

The app is available to all couples undergoing IVF nationwide, irrespective of the clinic they are attending or their course of treatment.

It also allows women to instantly contact their clinic via phone or email.

Personal information is protected as the app is not cloud based, say developers Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

Users will also be able to access information resources if Ferring Pharmaceuticals products have been prescribed.

Key features:

  • Comprehensive timeline to view entire IVF treatment plan at once.
  • Simplified calendar to see daily IVF treatment overview.
  • Setting of personalised alerts, reminders and notes about IVF medicines and other events, including clinic visits, blood tests, egg pick-up, sperm collection, embryo transfer and pregnancy tests.
  • Keeping a PDF record and sharing your IVF treatment plan with your partner or clinic.
  • Contacting nurse via phone or email, or accessing clinic website.


2. Monash University FODMAP diet ($12.99)

Researchers at Monash University have developed a diet and corresponding app to assist in management of the gastrointestinal symptoms associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

The Monash University Low FODMAP diet works by restricting foods high in some carbohydrates called FODMAPs.

Patients diagnosed with IBS can use this app to manage their diet and associated symptoms.

Key features:

  • Background information about FODMAPs.
  • A food guide detailing the FODMAP content for hundreds of foods.
  • A full recipe book including 79 original and nutritious recipes with professional photography.
  • A shopping list for organising low FODMAP purchases.
  • A one week food and symptom journal to monitor a strict FODMAP diet, with the function to view detailed graphs of symptoms and the end of the week.



3. Feed Baby – Breastfeeding and Baby Connect Tracker (Free trial, full unlock $9.99)

Feed Baby is an Australian app to help track newborn nursing sessions, diaper changes, pumping and sleeps.

Available to work with iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, this app allows new mums to track and monitor their baby’s breastfeeds, diapers, nappy, sleeps, pumpings and medicines, as well as baby milestones.

Users can view all of their activities for any given day in the “Today” screen. The Today screen shows all of your breast feedings, diaper changes and all other activities for each day.

All activities can then be broken down by the hour of each day in the “Timeline” screen.

Feed Baby includes detailed reports and charts/graphs that allow you to visualise data, and includes detailed timelines that show where during each day each of the activities occurred.

It can be used to track more than one baby’s growth and switches easily between them.

Key features:

  • Record breast/bottle/solid feeds, diaper and nappy changes with a single touch.
  • Easily start and stop recording of baby sleeps.
  • Record baby’s milestones as well as growth (weight, height, head circumference)
  • Record medication with their own graphics and colour schemes, and easily add/edit/ remove them.
  • Data Export allows users to view their data on a personal computer for more detailed analysis and custom report generation.


4. BeyondNow suicide safety plan (Free)

This app has been developed by Monash University and beyondblue—a well-known Australian independent non-profit organisation that focuses on mental health support.

An expert advisory committee, made up of leading researchers and practitioners in the suicide prevention field, had input into its development.

“If you or someone close to you is experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings, having a safety plan can help you get through the tough moments,” says Beyond Blue.

“Your safety plan starts with things you can do by yourself, such as thinking about your reasons to live and distracting yourself with enjoyable activities. It then moves on to coping strategies and people you can contact for support – your friends, family and health professionals.”

The BeyondNow app provides users with an easily accessible “safety plan” that can be emailed to trusted friends, family or health professionals for support.

It is designed to be used as part of an overall mental wellbeing and safety strategy, and is not recommended if someone is in an emergency situation or at immediate risk of harm.

Key features:

  • Create a suicide safety plan.
  • List “reasons to live”.
  • Save and edit plan at any time.
  • Share plan with others if desired.
  • Easy access buttons to contact emergency support.


5. First Aid by Australian Red Cross (Free)

The official Australian Red Cross First Aid app gives users instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid emergencies.

With interactive and simple step-by-step advice on how to perform first aid, the app features up-to-date CPR and First Aid guidelines as set out by the Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC).

Key features:

  • Easy access list of health issues and injuries.
  • Step-by-step instructions including video tutorials.
  • Provision of information for emergency situations.
  • Test yourself to check knowledge.
  • Emergency contact numbers.

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