Lisa’s Favorite MS Apps 2014 - Conferences, Social Media, MS Awareness

  • With so many people using smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices, it is no wonder that there seems to be an “app” for just about anything and everything.

     

    Applications come in many different form and serve a variety of purposes. Not only are there games galore (which are fun if you need to pass some time), there are apps to track activities, apps that are basically miniature websites, apps used to access businesses and services, apps aimed to educate and entertain, as well as apps that connect individuals.

     

    If you search for current apps related to “multiple sclerosis” on iTunes, you will find up to 65 iphone/ipad apps available, approximately 80% of which are free to download. Many of these apps are also available for Android devices in addition to other apps that are only available for Android.

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    One of the most recent apps I loaded onto my iPad is one developed for the massive ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS conference which was held in Boston, September 10-13, 2014. This was a cool find because once every three years, the separate continental conferences dedicated to MS are combined into one massive event. This year’s joint conference was expected to attract up to 7,000 attendees from 90 countries.

     

    In this 4-part series, I will share with you some of my favorite MS-related applications as well as many new ones I’ve recently discovered. In this post, I focus on conference/meeting apps as well as apps that connect with social networks.

     

    CONFERENCE APPS:

     

    MSBoston2014

    Available for iPhone/iPad, requires iOS 6.1 or later; Android, requires 2.3.3 and up

     

    The official interactive mobile app for the 2014 ACTRIMS-ECTRIMS joint conference in Boston, MA, September 10-13, 2014, allows you to explore the largest single gathering of scientists, researchers, medical doctors and health care professionals focused on advancing treatment and research in MS and demyelinating diseases. With this app you can search the entire program by day, topic, or speaker; view details for special events; access full conference agenda with speaker bios and presentations, scientific abstracts, exhibit information and profiles. Once registered you can also use the app to arrange your conference schedule. Website: www.msboston2014.org

     

    CMSC ACTRIMS Meeting 2014

    Available for iPhone/iPad, requires iOS 5.0 or later; Android, requires 2.2 and up

     

    The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) and the Sixth Cooperative Meeting with Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) was held in Dallas, TX, on May 28 - 31, 2014. Through this conference companion app, you could get the latest conference news and alerts, connect with fellow attendees, access full conference agenda with speaker bios and presentations, exhibit information and profiles, social media integration, etc. Other highlights include interactive floor plans, personal scheduler, and polls/surveys.

     

    Other apps have been developed to accompany previous conferences, but over time many of these apps are discontinued and the information they contain removed.

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    SOCIAL NETWORKING:

     

    MyMSTeam: The social network for those who have multiple sclerosis

    Available for iPhone/iPad, requires iOS 6.0 or later; Android, requires 2.3.3 and up

     

    MyMS Team is a social network dedicated to those living with multiple sclerosis with a presence on Facebook and Twitter. The MyMS Team app accesses all the features of their website at www.mymsteams.com. Features of the network include a recent activity newsfeed, provider directory, Q&A section, Pinboard, and the ability to search for members according to specific characteristics. You can share your story, upload photos, post updates, add members and providers to your “team”, give/get instant  hugs, like, and comments of support, and more.

     

    MS AWARENESS:

     

    SeeingMS

    Available for iPhone/iPad, requires iOS 6.1 or later; Android, requires 3.0 and up

     

    SEEING MS is a global photographic project that helps to visualize the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis. It was developed by the MS Society of Australia to help expose the invisible disease. “Most symptoms go unnoticed by everyone except the person living with them. One day they can alter your memory, the next your vision. Striking without warning and leaving no trace, they are invisible.” The Seeing MS project invited nine photographers to depict each symptom in a single image, inspired by stories of those touched by the disease. With the Seeing MS app, everyone with a camera can uncover the unseen. Photo filters based on each symptom will allow you to see and share how MS affects those living with the disease; however registration is required to apply the filters to your own photos. Unfortunately, the app crashed each time I played with it. You can share photos with your social networks on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and email.

     

    There are also apps designed primarily for fundraising purposes surrounding various MS events; too many to list here individually.

     

    Related Posts in this Series:

    MS Apps 2014 - Conferences, Social Media, MS Awareness

    MS Apps 2014 - Multiple Sclerosis/Neurology Publications

    MS Apps 2014 - Educational, Entertainment, Games

    MS Apps 2014 - MS Management, Care Coordination

     

    All of the mobile apps featured are free.

     

    Lisa Emrich is author of the blog Brass and Ivory: Life with MS and RA and founder of the Carnival of MS Bloggers.

Published On: September 16, 2014