The New Cholangiocarcinoma Patient Assist App
The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation has developed a new app for patients with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer). The free app, developed in collaboration with Boston Scientific Corporation, is a new kind of medical emergency card designed for use on a smart phone, which allows patients and caregivers to easily store and share important health information with physicians during an emergency or routine appointment.
The app allows patients and caregivers to share:
- A list of symptoms and instructions for an E.R. physicians
- Details on treatments and implanted stents
- List of current medications
- Contact information for easy one-touch dialing with patient’s care team
Additional features of the app allow patients and caregivers to stay up-to-date on the latest research and clinical trials, and access helpful resources from the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation, including videos and other patient educational materials. Boston Scientific will provide clinicians with information cards about the app to hand out and educate patients about this important free digital tool.
The app is available for iOS and Android users and can be downloaded on iTunes or Google Play.
“I am happy that the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation and Boston Scientific have collaborated to make this new kind of medical emergency card a reality,” said Renuka Iyer, M.D., a medical oncologist at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.
“In my practice, I have seen biliary cancer patients suffer from complications from a blocked bile duct and often wondered how to help them take an active role in their care. The app does this and more by facilitating physician to physician communication to ensure patients get prompt and definitive medical treatment during a biliary emergency.”