A new free-to-download liver cancer information smartphone application, or app, has been launched for patients with the support of hepato-pancreato-biliary specialist nurses.
The My Liver app is described as a dedicated guide designed to offer information and support for patients who are diagnosed with liver cancer, helping them through each stage in their journey.
“We are empowering patients by giving them the information they need”
The app covers initial referral to treatment, how to manage symptoms and where to find further help and support, according to those behind the initiative.
It has been developed by the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust’s hepato-pancreato-biliary unit and the digital design agency AGF Studio.
The trust’s hepato-pancreato-biliary team is led by clinical director and consultant surgeon Giuseppe Garcea, Professor Ashley Dennison and lead nurse specialist Cris Pollard.
Mr Garcea said: “Because many people will only have limited knowledge about the liver, we have recognised that modern technology provides lots of options for patients and carers to access information regardless of where they are in the world.”
App launched to ‘support and educate’ patients with liver cancer
Source: AGF Studio
My Liver is the second in the series of planned apps designed by the team, the first being ‘My Pancreas’ which was launched worldwide in April 2017.
After the successful release of the My Pancreas app, the team said they were able to secure charitable funding from Health Education England, Next plc and Bayer plc to develop the software.
AGF design director Andrew Foxwell said the app was designed to create an intuitive interface and user experience, which ensured a patient-centred approach.
“We have had the opportunity to develop something meaningful that can really make a difference,” he said. “We are empowering patients by giving them the information they need, so that they can engage in their own care.”
The app has just completed its final testing stage, which involved over 60 healthcare professionals, patients, carers and family members. It is now available from the Apple app Store for iPhone and iPad.