I have to tell you, I am not up on all of the new fangled technology. Call me crazy but my classic cell phone with the standard applications is about all I really need to get by. So when the news of iphone applications with the potential of helping Crohn's patients popped into my e-mail inbox I was a little curious.
How can using a blackberry or iphone help with Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Well, according to Brett Shamosh the newest application he developed called the "GI monitor" can help patients suffering from GI disease keep better track of their symptoms. The device also allows for the information to be e-mailed directly to your doctor. Shamosh created the WellAps idea after dealing with Crohn's disease himself (1).
Health Central also has a wonderful tool for tracking your symptoms called the IBD Diary. It can be found on the homepage of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease site. These types of diaries can be a huge help to patients who need to keep a better track of symptoms and who may need help linking symptoms to their triggers.
In addition to helping patients track symptoms, technology like the internet can be a huge help to patients who need to update others on their medical issues or their child's issues. Caringbridge is one of the sites that allows patients or family to develop a system to update others on their medical issues. Friends and family can sign up to receive an e-mail when the Caringbridge site has been updated.
Patients may also want to consider a site like blogger where you can write as much, or as little, as you'd like about your daily dealings with IBD. You can also add pictures or videos to both of these sites to add to the information you would like to pass along. It can also be quite cathartic to be able to get the things you are dealing with "off your chest".
In this age of technology it is nice to know that there are ways to help keep better track of your symptoms and keep friends and family updated. Anything that makes it easier to live with IBD is definitely a good thing.