The innovators: the app that allows patients to track their illnesses

David Bedford suffers from Parkinson’s disease and can sometimes forget to take one of the five different pills he needs to keep the condition in check. Worse, when he makes half yearly visits to the hospital for a check-up, he can’t remember the details of his daily routine. Three years after he was diagnosed with the disease, he now uses a mobile phone app to remind him when to take the medication but also to act as a diary of how his illness affects him. This attention to detail means that in the his short meetings he has with his consultant every six to nine months with a consultant, a daily log is available in advance.

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