Focus Medica’s Animated Atlas of Diabetes app is a great patient education tool

Purpose of App Review:

  • How useful this app is for educating patients about diabetes?

Introduction:

In the United States alone, there are more than 25 million people that have been diagnosed with diabetes and many more are currently walking around undiagnosed.

 

Diabetes can have a profound affect on a patient’s daily life with regular glucose monitoring, constant diet regulations as well as possibilities for other comorbidities. With proper education, patients can understand how to take care of their bodies and manage their diabetes.

Focus Medica has released the Animated Atlas of Diabetes medical app. This app is similar to the Atlas of Hypertension, that was discussed in an earlier post, and can be a great way to educate patients about their disease.

User Interface

The app opens with a list of videos that are available for various subjects. In the first section called Insulin, glucose metabolism and diabetes there are 25 videos that each describe diabetes at the molecular level. The videos include information on insulin gene expression, insulin signaling pathways, leptin, GLP-1, etc.

This information may be more useful for students who are learning about diabetes but may still have some role for patients who are curious about their disease.

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The app has two other sections called Biological factors in diabetes and Complications and management. These sections include videos that explain the pathophysiology of diabetes and different ways that diabetes is treated. However, for the free version, only the first video in each of these sections is available.

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Each video is about a minute or two in length and includes great animations that make understanding the disease much easier. Each video is also narrated to explain what is happening in each video.

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The app also has a transcript of each video that can be read at the user’s convenience. This option makes the app great for people who like to learn new things using different learning methods, including visually and by text.

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The app also gives the user the option to favorite their videos so that they can save the videos they liked the best in a separate folder to view later. There is also an option to take notes for each video.

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Overall, the animations and explanations for the limited videos available in the free version were great and can definitely help patients as well as students learn about diabetes.

Price

  • Free (Paid version $39.99)

Likes

  • Great animated videos to help visualize the pathophysiology of diabetes
  • Transcripts available for each video in case the user wants to read about the specific topic

Dislikes

  • The free version of the app only has 3 videos available and the paid app costs $39.99

Healthcare workers that would benefit from the app

  • Any healthcare worker who would like to use animation or education material to educate their patients about diabetes

Patients who would benefit from this app

  • Any patient who wants to learn about their disease

Conclusions

  • This app is a great learning tool for both students as well as patients. Unfortunately, the paid version of the app with the full video set is $39.99

iMedicalApps recommended?

  •  Yes

Availability on Android

  • As of this article posting, not available on Android.

iTunes Link

Rating: (1 to 5 stars)
Overall: 3.5 Stars.

  1. User Interface – 5/5 Stars: The app has a great layout and is very easy to use. There also great features such as note taking and transcripts for each video
  2.  Multimedia usage – 5/5 Stars: The animated videos are amazing, and really allow the user to visualize what is happening inside of the body.
  3. Price Stars – 0/5: Paid version is $39.99
  4. Real world applicability – 4/5 Stars: This app can be a great tool for patients with diabetes to learn about their disease as well as for students.

Compatibility: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Tested on: iPad 2

Disclaimer:
This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.

Author:

Jay Agarwal

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2 Responses to Focus Medica’s Animated Atlas of Diabetes app is a great patient education tool

  1. Neill Conroy July 5, 2013 at 8:58 am #

    I am interested in the app because I did have an elevated glucose level a few years ago and managed to get the intake problem resolved; it was far from easy! I also have a sister with Type 2 and an uncle who passed away from complications from Type 2, so family history is a huge issue for me.

    • Neill Conroy July 5, 2013 at 9:03 am #

      I am not sure how that happened. It posted itself! Anyway, my point is that the price is definitely a huge factor for me. I have Apple’s word processor, fully functional, plus their spreadsheet software and their presentation software – the Apple equivalent of a full MS Office suite, for less than the price of this app. I just cannot afford it!

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