ADHD Apps – Recommendations for Renal
At Myhealthapps.net we believe that patient groups can be a trusted source of expert user reviews of apps and we look for examples of groups curating app libraries well. Here we look at two contrasting patient communities, for their overviews on renal apps and apps for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
The US patient group Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) regularly reviews apps that can help people with the disorder.
For example, one collection of apps recommended by the group focuses on different types of organisational skills, including categories such as:
- setting routines and reminders
- focusing and task management
- managing social media, including timed ‘lock-outs’ from distracting sites
- managing money.
The overview includes this summary of the timer app, ‘Engross’:
“Engross could help you cut distractions – or at least refocus yourself by tapping your phone when you feel a distraction coming on. Engross keeps track when you tap, allowing you to work at the times when you’re most likely to be able to focus.” – CHADD
National Kidney Foundation App Center
We’ve revisited the app centre of the US patient charity, the National Kidney Foundation as it continues to provide a simple model for a patient group curating apps. It uses easy drop-down lists to help users browse a range of renal apps. In the first list you can select either apps aimed at patients, or healthcare professionals. With a second menu you can filter to see apps that work on your specific device, for example Android, iPad or iPhone.
Many years ago, I wrote a game to help people with renal disease track their fluid intake – vital for some patients who have to live within strict fluid restrictions. So, it was good to see an app chosen by the Foundation which does this and more.
The H2Overload app reviewed in their app library helps people with kidney disease to:
- track their daily fluid intake, weight, and blood pressure
- receive alerts if their weight or blood pressure reach levels where their healthcare team should be notified
- send reports of their fluid intake, weight, or blood pressure to their healthcare team.