Monthly Archives: November 2011

3 Mobile Apps That Can Help You Monitor Your Health

Category : Apps , Personal Finance

It’s almost pointless to discuss how technology has improved our society today. With a greater knowledge of systems and equipment that can help us explore new aspects of society, science, nature, and so much more, there’s no denying that modern technology has altered the way in which we live and think. With the rise of advanced mobile technology, our cell phones have quickly become appendages of their own.

Providing so much more than just the time and access to a phone conversation, mobile phones are now capable of some pretty amazing things. While Angry Birds and Facebook are wonders for their own right, there are many other applications on the mobile market that have the potential to really improve and protect your life. These three mobile apps can help you monitor and manage your health and wellness in an easy and accessible way.

WellApps has developed two different mobile applications that can help patients diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) like Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis better monitor their symptoms, medications, and progress. The two apps, GI Monitor and Colonoscopy Prep Assistant, help patients manage their chronic illness.

The GI Monitor Application allows users to log their symptoms from the ease of their phone, email their monitored information directly to their doctor, track medications, record pain levels, log meals, and more. For IBD patients, it is essential to stay on top of the symptoms and the things that might be triggering the symptoms so as to better control their disease.

The Colonoscopy Prep Assistant helps these patients properly endure the preparations for a colonoscopy, which is a procedure that must be done frequently. Not only do these two applications assist patients in managing their own health, but it also helps health care providers better understand their patient’s disease.

eCBT Mood
Another area of health and wellness that mobile devices have been able to aid in is mental health. Just as it is important for individuals with physical chronic illnesses to track and monitor their symptoms, it is also essential that those with mental illnesses monitor and track their symptoms. Of course, while this application cannot (and should not or dare I say MUST NOT) replace professional help from a doctor, eCBT Mood can help you better understand your mood.

This application will help people learn how to identify and then challenge the distorted thinking they experience that fuels their depression or anxiety. This tool is designed to help patients identify their automatic thoughts that might be flawed, log feelings and thoughts, and assess daily and weekly mood reports generated by the app. eCBT Mood may be the extra boost you need to recognize your problem areas and fix them. Furthermore, this app helps suffers become more conscious of their thoughts and feelings and guides them in ways to remedy the negative ones.

This application is a comprehensive and thorough device that helps answer the health questions an individual may have directly from their phone. Enabling users to locate the closest emergency room, search their symptoms, identify the location of their symptoms on a digital avatar, and decide what type of doctor to consult. With the intention of making the process of getting your health attended to run more quickly and with more ease, iTriage is a very useful tool for any individual. While, of course, this application cannot replace professional help from a doctor, it can be extremely useful in helping you and your doctor better understand your symptoms.

If You Are Male Do Not Get Breast Cancer

Category : Disease , Public Health

Breast cancer has been a topical issue for many years now, mainly because it affects all genders, though a lot more women, and the outcome is sometimes dismal despite gruesome treatments. These include surgeries and chemotherapy and palliative care.

Many Americans have lost the battle with cancer and a good number have conquered it. Thanks to intense treatments and screening measures that have aided early diagnosis. New drugs and new treatment regimens have helped us see some success in this arena.

Coverage Not For Male Cancer Patients.

I disagree with the idea of male patients being denied Medicaid coverage for cancer treatment. Medicaid health insurance program was established for low-income and disabled American. It was established by federal law for all American to benefit from and not a selected subgroup.

Limited income and certain eligibility requirements are to be met by applicants. Despite income level being one of the fundamental principles on which Medicaid was set up,  there are people who have limited income but are still being denied Medicaid. A recently in the news the case of Raymond Johnson gained publicity. This is a 26 year-old construction worker who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  He was reported to have been denied Medicaid coverage for the payment of his cancer treatment cost. In the state of South Carolina patients who are ineligible for state or federal health insurance programs are also encouraged to apply for coverage under the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act. The Act was signed into law in 2000 by President Clinton and uses Medicaid funds to cover the treatment of patients with breast and cervical cancer. These patients according to the act are mostly women between the ages of 47 and 64 but not men.

Eligibility Criteria Considered.

The use of eligibility criteria such as income level, age, residential status and individual’s assets to help determine a patient’s eligibility  for Medicare is quite understandable. Looking at the case of Johnson, he is a construction worker who earns $9.00 an hour with recently diagnosed of breast cancer.

One cannot help but wonder how would he foot the medical bills coming his way.  He has to pay his rent or mortgage, auto payment if he is a car owner, and take care of his other responsibilities including social and family obligations while in pursuit of the same “American Dream” we all talk about. On a $9.00 an hour income a diagnosis of cancer is a far from pleasant surprise. This situation can usher in an emotional and financial crisis for not just Johnson but for an average American family earning the median salary based on national averages. Take a look at page 5 of this National Census Bureau publication.

Discrimination in Coverage.

The question is why are men not eligible for coverage? In a press release by Jeff Stensland, a spokesman for the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services he said ” We are in conversation with the Federal Government on this issue,” Stensland said they saw it as clearly discriminatory, and they believed it was a good example of an overly rigid interpretation a law that was designed to help patients with these cancers.

The press statement was released as more dissent was coming to the fore because of the discrepancy in the law guiding Medicaid coverage for male patients as a whole. There is hope that the Medicaid law will be amended to cover male patients soon.

Since passage of the act in 2000 by President Clinton, there have been one amendment by President Bush. We hope more amendments are coming to address men and their non-inclusion.

Our Cheer Leaders Need to Be Covered too.

In the past years women have pioneered the cause of cancer, they have led large-scale crusades to raise funds, improve awareness and increase research for the cure of cancer.  Men have also been supportive of the cause. With our present disposition towards equality, we should put our money where our mouth is and review this “constitution-violating regulation” so that men would enjoy these same benefits.

Do you think adjustment of the Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment and Prevention Act should be made to accommodate Male Patients?