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Reaching Out to Patients with Mobile Apps:


The “Prostate Pal” and “Bladder Pal” Story

Ronald L. Yap, M.D.

Background


With hundreds of millions of
smartphones and tablets in use
worldwide, the “post
-
PC” revolution
is an opportunity to improve
doctor/patient communication and
improve healthcare


Mobile apps can be the vehicle by
which we can achieve these goals


This is my story of mobile app
development in urology






Special thanks to Dean LeBaron, the LeBaron
Foundation, and the Concord Hospital Trust for
supporting this work
.

App Functionality

Methods


Two apps were created to
empower patients to track their
urologic health


“Prostate Pal”
and “Bladder Pal”


Prostate Pal contains:


Bladder diary


AUA urinary symptom score


PSA tracker


Bladder Pal contains:


Bladder diary


AUA urinary symptom score


Data is stored in the device and
can be sent via e
-
mail to
healthcare providers


Programming
-

Objective C 2.0
with the Apple Software
Development Kit. Subsequent port
to Android OS


Developer


9Magnets, LLC


Development Timeline


Summer 2010


Conceptualization


Fall/Winter 2010


Apple iOS
Development


Winter 2011
-

Prostate Pal
released for Apple App Store



Named “New and Noteworthy”
medical app


Apple App Store


Subject of story by Associated
Press


Summer 2011


Prostate Pal 2.0
released for Apple App Store


Added e
-
mail functionality


Fixed bugs in 1.0


Added incontinence tracking


Summer 2011


Bladder Pal
released for Apple App Store


Fall/Winter 2011


Android
Development


Winter 2012


Prostate Pal and
Bladder Pal released for Android
Market




Impact

Acknowledgements

AUA Symptom
Score


a seven
item questionnaire
to assess and
track severity of
urinary symptoms

Home screens for Prostate Pal and Bladder Pal

Bladder diary with entry page including
leakage and incontinence pad data (left) and
summary page (right)

PSA tracker with table (left) and graph (right)
formats

App

Visits

Visitors

Countries

Prostate Pal
1.0

2728

1046

69

Prostate

Pal
2.0

3643

1119

60

Bladder Pal

3933

894

46

Total

10304

3059

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Conclusions


Two intuitive, easy to use apps
were created on multiple mobile
platforms to track urologic health


The apps have widespread,
international interest with over
3000 users from 69 countries.


Mobile technology in healthcare
(mHealth) has the potential to
greatly improve the doctor/patient
relationship and efficiency of
healthcare.


Release through 2/29/2012