Self-Management and Reporting Tool Represents New Generation of Patient Management and Communications
WASHINGTON, Jan. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Epilepsy Therapy Project (ETP), a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating new therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures and the parent organization of epilepsy.com, today announced that it has expanded the use of its online epilepsy diary management tool with the launch of a new app developed to run on the Android mobile operating system. "My Epilepsy Diary" is a comprehensive data-gathering and reporting tool designed to advance epilepsy care by improving the quality, accuracy and speed in which information can be recorded and shared between patients with epilepsy and their physicians. Now available at no charge through the Android Market and on www.epilepsy.com, the My Epilepsy Diary app is yet another critical step forward by the Epilepsy Therapy Project to provide people with epilepsy state-of-the-art tools to better manage their epilepsy with current treatment options, while accelerating new therapeutic advances for people living with epilepsy.
The new Android app for "My Epilepsy Diary" is part of an integrated suite of consumer health tools and information, called the Epilepsy Therapy Project Clinical Organizer, available free to the public on www.epilepsy.com. The #1 epilepsy information and networking site worldwide, www.epilepsy.com attracts more than 300,000 unique visitors per month. Created by the Epilepsy Therapy Project with guidance and hands-on support from leading clinicians and researchers, My Epilepsy Diary is not affiliated with any pharmaceutical company and goes beyond conventional medication and seizure diaries. Uniquely developed to capture comprehensive and multi-dimensional patient information, My Epilepsy Diary enables patients to monitor their events and side effects, and facilitates direct email communication of seizure activity reports and personal medical histories to treating physicians. Patients also can track and manage their therapies with reminders to be sent by text, email or local smart phone notification to enhance medication compliance.
The Epilepsy Therapy Project recently announced the successful integration of My Epilepsy Diary with Google Health and Microsoft® HealthVault™, the two leading online tools to organize personal medical records or import health data from connected doctors, hospitals and pharmacies. Through the integration of these on-line technology platforms, medication lists are now fully synchronized. In addition to Android mobile devices, My Epilepsy Diary is accessible through mobile platforms including the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. The diary utilizes a secure interface to protect patient data and is based on a software platform developed by Irody, Inc. The vision for My Epilepsy Diary is to create a comprehensive patient management tool for the patient using an infrastructure that promises streamlined communications with their healthcare professionals, regardless of where the information is entered.
"As an unaffiliated non-profit organization, Epilepsy Therapy Project is pleased to be able to offer a state-of-the-art epilepsy management tool, free of charge, to epilepsy patients and their families," said Warren Lammert, Chairman and Co-founder of Epilepsy Therapy Project. "Epilepsy is a condition where compliance is critical. This new app, along with other recent upgrades to My Seizure Diary, enables patients to closely manage their therapies to enhance compliance, in addition to providing timely and highly relevant real-world clinical data that can clarify diagnoses and improve patient treatment. We are deeply grateful to our donors and talented team of professionals who together have made these important advances in patient care a reality."
When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they have epilepsy, which affects nearly 3 million people in the United States and 50 million people worldwide. This year, another 200,000 people in our country will be diagnosed with epilepsy. To date, while there have been certain advances, there is no known cure and many people live with uncontrolled seizures daily.
About the Epilepsy Therapy Project
The Epilepsy Therapy Project is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization whose mission is to accelerate ideas into therapies for people living with epilepsy and seizures. Founded in 2002 by a group of parents, distinguished physicians, and researchers, the Epilepsy Therapy Project supports the commercialization of new therapies through direct grants and investments in promising academic and commercial projects. For more information about epilepsy, epilepsy treatment and the epilepsy pipeline, please visit our website, www.epilepsy.com or call 540.687.8077.
SOURCE Epilepsy Therapy Project