For episode #18, we're very lucky to get an inside look at Toronto’s bant app, an mHealth solution designed for teens with Type 1 diabetes. The app was designed and developed by Dr. Joseph Cafazzo and his team at the University Health Network, Centre for Global eHealth Innovation in partnership with St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto, with input from patients, families, doctors, nurses and engineers.
Named after Canadian Doctor Frederick Banting, who discovered insulin, this app can be used with an iPhone and is one of the first where a glucometer connects wirelessly and adds data to bant workflow seamlessly, with no added burden to the user, using bluetooth low energy (BLE). bant is designed to help Type 1 diabetics, especially children and teenagers (a demographic that often has trouble with tracking blood glucose regularly) record and track their blood sugar levels. The app is integrated with TELUS health space, Powered by Microsoft HealthVault, giving users the ability to store, review, and control the sharing of their personal health information with their care team and family members.
bant app also offers teens the ability to tweet with a particular hashtag, which helps to place them in an active diabetic community for social networking and peer support. It also has a reward system giving iTunes credits for using it to monitor glucose and responding to trends with positive behavioural and lifestyle changes.
In this session, we'll learn more about:
* Design elements and process
* Why the iPhone platform was chosen
* The challenges and opportunities with mobile apps in the health care sector
* Dealing with mobile device threats to healthcare/patient data
* Working with the Apple App Store
* Gamification elements and considerations relating to user experience
* App statistics & measurement
In 2012, bant was nominated in the list of Top 10 World Congress mHealth Innovation Entrepreneurs and was awarded the People’s Choice Award. A free version of bant is already available in 11 languages at the Apple App Store. An advanced version of the application has been developed for use in the pilot which will use a LifeScan OneTouch Mini blood glucose meter to collect and wirelessly transfer readings directly into bant using a Bluetooth adapter developed by the UHN team.
About bant app: http://www.bantapp.com/
Download the bant app: https://itunes.apple.com/app/bant-a-diabetes-app-for-epatient/id361257571?mt=8
Bant app video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H9kzqPQShU
Telus Health Space, powered by Microsoft HealthVault : www.telushealthspace.com
Centre for Global eHealth Innovation: http://www.ehealthinnovation.ca/
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