App review: My Health Guide
Layla Haidrani reviews an app for learning disability nurses.
This app enables healthcare professionals to communicate better with adults with learning disabilities.
My Health Guide app was devised after parents to a man living with profound learning disabilities were encouraged to summarise their son’s care needs with one single document.
Health professionals can receive and store important information from service users. Features include a contacts book, documents, appointments and alerts. As sections of the app can easily amend information, it is a better alternative to paper diaries which need constant revision.
The app is very user-friendly and users can add images, video and audio. There is also an option to share information with carers and health professionals.
However, a criticism of this app is that it is only available on iPad.
Healthcare providers can benefit from better patient and user communication, integrated working and more effective front-line services. Commissioners can also use this app to tackle health inequalities and gain quality reports direct from service users.
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.