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Table 12 Applications for Patients

From: A Systematic Review of Healthcare Applications for Smartphones

Application Version (price) Platforms Description Functions
Diabeo URL66[32] Beta WindowsMobile A telemedicine solution for diabetesmanagement. Includes bolus calculators using validatedalgorithms; takes into account carbohydrateintake, pre-meal blood glucose, and anticipatedphysical activity reported; plasma glucose targets;automatic adjustments of carbohydrate ratio andbasal insulin; data transmission to medical staffcomputers through GPRSx.
Cardiomobile URL67[35] Prototype WindowsMobile A real-time remote monitoringsystem for cardiac rehabilitation. Sends ECGj rate, walking speed, heart rate, elapseddistance and patient location to a secure server viaGPRSx during exercise sessions; server-side softwaredisplays these data.
PulmonaryRehabilitation [29] Prototype WindowsMobile An application based on standardpulmonary rehabilitation program forself-management, consists of Bluetoothpulse oximeter and smartphone. Select and start exercise program; set custompersonalized upper and lower heart rate; displayheart rate, time remaining in seconds andfeedback color (green: normal physical condition,amber: normal condition but near acceptablelimits, red: dangerous physical condition).
PAL Calculator [82] Prototype Java-enabledsmartphones Measures physical activity level (PAL)through questionnaire application onsmartphones. Displays questionnaire; measures PAL.
Asthma Peak FlowMonitoring [79] Prototype WindowsMobile An application to monitor peak flow ofasthma patients. Sends peak-flow reading through GPRSx networkto a secure server; receives asthma trend analysisfeedback from the server.
eCAALYX [83] Prototype Android A remote monitoring system for olderpeople with multiple chronic conditions. Receives data from wearable health sensors in asmart garment; transmits data to the monitoringserver; identifies higher-level information such astachycardia and signs of respiratory infections basedon established medical knowledge; displays mostrecent medical details obtained from the sensors.
Hearing Check URL68[86] 1.0 (free) iOS A simple and confidential hearingcheck tool developed by RNIDy, UK Calls a landline number to access a freehearing check.
uHear URL69[41] 1.0 (Free) iOS A hearing loss self-assessment test. Three assessments: hearing sensitivity, speechin noise, and a questionnaire about commonlistening situations.
iTinnitus URL70[41] 1.51 ($4.99) iOS A sound therapy package for patientswith tinnitus. Records tinnitus by frequency in Hertz andkeeps track of the tinnitus in a daily diary graph,supports full masking therapy that is some formof sound played at a volume around the samevolume as the patient’s tinnitus, also supportsresidual inhibition and habituation.
Sleep Aid URL71[41] 1.3 ($2.99) iOS A sleep apnea management application. Records snoring; generates graph of snoring;plays back snoring sound; provides informationabout sleep apnea.
Fall Detector [78] Prototype Smartphonewith camerasupport. A fall detection system consisting oftri-axial accelerometer with embeddedprocessor and camera phone. The embedded processor in the accelerometerprocess the data locally, sends data to thecamera phone through a Bluetooth connectionduring a suspected fall; phone generates arequest to the user for vocal or keypad response;automatically calls emergency services in serioussituations; sends data and video to emergencyservices through high-speed 3G network.
Fall Detector [80] Prototype Wireless-enabledsmartphone. A fall detection application consistingof a smartphone with wireless Internetconnection, tri-axial accelerometer, andmicrocontroller. Detects a fall; sends data to the server forfurther analysis to determine an emergency.
iFall [81] Prototype Android An application for fall detectionand response. Detects falls; determines false positives, requestuser’s attention by vibrating the phone, flashingLEDs and screen, playing an audio message;makes automatic emergency-services call.
Purdue MomentaryAssessment Tool URL72[84, 85, 87] 2.1.3 (free) Palm OS A human behavior monitoring tool. Event-driven study design; the application generate abeep when an event is fired; displays question sets,sets do-not-disturb time during busy moments.
Mayo ClinicMeditation URL73[23] 1.0 ($2.99) iOS An application that helps to practicemeditation. Includes short training videos introducing keyconcepts; 15-minute meditation program and5-minute meditation program.
  1. This table presents the version, platforms, a short description, and a list of functions of the 15 applications for patients. Of these, six applications are for disease management with chronic condition, four are ENT-related, three are fall-related, and two other conditions.
  2. j ECG: Electrocardiography, x GPRS: General Packet Radio Service, y RNID: Royal National Institute for Deaf People.
  3. Website URLs:
  4. URL66:, Accessed June, 2011.
  5. URL67:, Accessed June, 2011.
  6. URL68:, Accessed June, 2011.
  7. URL69:, Accessed June, 2011.
  8. URL70:, Accessed June, 2011.
  9. URL71:, Accessed June, 2011.
  10. URL72:, Accessed June, 2011.
  11. URL73:, Accessed June, 2011.