The app contains, among other things, a medication plan with a reminder function, general information on Parkinson's disease (symptoms, development and therapy), videos with exercises for strength, coordination, fine motor skills and voice, the possibility of creating an individual exercise program and a journal feature for making a record of symptoms, activities and falls.
The Swiss Parkinson App was developed together with a team of doctors, therapists and patients. The Swiss Parkinson App developement was supported by Parkinson Schweiz and Fondation Philantropia.
The Swiss Parkinson App is available in three languages: French, German and Italian.
Below you will find a description of the most important features.
We've integrated a range of exercises in the app. Most exercises were provided by Parkinson Schweiz, the Inselspital in Bern and the Kanstonspital Luzern.
All exercises are grouped into different categories like: strength, endurance, coordination, voice, and so on. You can add all exercises to a list of favorites, which can later used when creating an exercise program.
There are two special 'exercises' implemented in the app: a cueing tool and a 6 minute walking test. The cueing tool could help PD patients to get moving or keep moving.
Users have a feasture available which allows them to create an exercise program for a certain period of time. To create an exercise program, first the categories for relevant exercise programs need to be chosen.
In the second step some basic configurations of the new exercise program can be made: duration of the program in weeks, should users be reminded to exercises (number of times per week and when the reminders should be sent).
The third step is all about choosing which exercises are relevant to the new program. Exercises are filtered according to the categories choosen in the first step. Also exercises can be choosen from the 'favorites' of the user. A 'play button' provides a link to the details of the exercise.
And finally, in the fourth and last step, a summary of the new program is shown and the new program can be activated. Upon activation, a new button 'show active program' becomes available. And, when so configuured, reminders are scheduled in the background.
Users can create a medication plan in the app for all medication. A medication plan can be created and adjusted when necessary. A new medication plan can be created by adding a medication.
As a first step, the name of the medication can be entered. Also the app offers the possibility of scanning the barcode of the package of the medication. The app will then retrieve and show information, via a webservice of Skyscraper Software and then Compendium, if available, of the scanned medication.
Once the name has been entered, the second step is to define at which times the medication has to be taken and what the dosage is (in tablets or mg). Users can define any number of 'intake times' and per intake time reminders can be configured.
When for a medication everything has been configured, the user is presented with a small summary and the option to add the medication to the plan. If all medications have been added to the plan, the plan can be activated.
An active plan can always be deleted or changed. For an active plan, there is a 'daily plan' overview available including an export to PDF.
A journal feature has been added so that users can track their symptoms, log their activities and add entries about medication intakes.
Activity entries are based on the same categories as defined for the exercises. For activities some atttributes like 'duration' can be entered.
Users can also enter information about their different symptoms, e.g.: mood, sleep, pain and so on. Every symptom entry has its own relevant atttributes which can be configured. The screenshot to the side here shows an example of a pain entry.
If users want to enter a medication intake manually (as opposed to pressing a reminder of a medication intake), they can do so here.
To keep track of falls, the user can make entries about falling in a seperate fall journal.
For every entry, several questions will be asked about:
All data that can be entered in the app, can be view under 'progress'. Here we have several categories where data can be viewed easily.
First there is a graphical overview for data concerning activities, falls and results of 6-minute walking tests.
Second there is an overview of all entries concering the 'stage of the disease' for the user. Here all entries of the 'stage disease' questionnaires will be shown (the first one has to be filled in the first time an user starts using the app, and then every three months a reminder is shown with a request to fill out this questionnaire again). And also, if relevant, entries about mobility are shown here. This last option is relevant when an user answers 'yes' to question 'do you have trouble moving' of the 'stage disease' questionnaire.
The third information that is presented, is an overview of all entries concerning medication intakes. Entries entered via the journal and those that are made via a notfication are shown here.
All 'normal' journal entries are presented under the fourth option. And the fifth and final information is a list of all fall entries.
All information, except the graphical overview, can be exported to PDF.
There are several settings which are available to users (accessable via the three 'dots', from the 'home' and 'progress' views). Users can change 'who' they are, if they for example have entered the wrong 'user type' when they started first using the app. Different user types have different features available to them.
Per default the app will choose the lanuage automatically, the first time the app is used. If users want to switch to a different language here.
With the 'reminder' section of the settings, users can 'overrule' the reminder settings of the individual features. For example, if all reminders are turned off here, and there is an exercise program with reminders defined, then the app will not send any notifications.
At Skyscraper Software we take data protection and security seriously. In principle, the Swiss Parkinson app can be used without registering with us or having to provide any information about yourself. You can voluntarily provide personal data (journal entries, medication plan and so on) within the app and this data remains within the app and are not transmitted in any form to Skyscraper Software or third parties. Personal data are treated in accordance with the statutory provisions on data protection and protected against unauthorized processing through appropriate technical and organizational measures.
Please make sure that when using the PDF export feature, your handle your generated PDF file with care. When using the export function your data is converted into a PDF file and saved in the local storage of your device. The user of the device bears full responsibility for the protection of the data on the respective device. Please note that Skyscraper Software GmbH and its partners cannot accept any liability for the transfer of data via e-mail, social media, etc. In particular, not for the transfer of data to third parties and unauthorized access by third parties.
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