Our gut is the foundation of our health. It doesn't just absorb the nutrients from food, but it also regulates the inflammation and our immune systems defending us against disease.
Poor gut health can cause or contribute to many health problems, mainly gastrointestinal, such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), or inflammatory diseases that affect the gut, such as Crohn's or ulcerative colitis.
Achieving a healthy gut is, thus, important by eating right, exercising, reducing stress, and staying on top of any unusual symptoms.
Both patients and their healthcare providers need to stay educated about a healthy gut and diseases that may occur when its balance has been disrupted.
There are plenty of mobile apps specifically designed to help both patients and providers learn about, monitor, and improve digestive health.
Here, we listed some of them.
iLiver app, developed by the European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL), is an interactive and dynamic app that provides instant medical information and clinical recommendations specifically related to liver disease to medical experts, such as hepatologists, gastroenterologists, and internal medicine specialists.
iLiver covers 26 liver diseases with concise information about each, including definition, clinical presentation, diagnosis, signs and symptoms, complications, and so on.
iLiver app is available for free for Android and iOS.
GI Buddy App
GI Buddy app is designed to help patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) easily and conveniently track their condition, such as symptoms or food they eat that may trigger their condition.
Users can also create health reports to share with their healthcare providers.
GI Buddy can be used to log Crohn's disease, as well as Ulcerative Colitis symptoms.
The app is available for free for iOS and Android devices.
GI Monitor is another app for patients with IBD, including Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis, allowing them to track their symptoms.
The patients can use the app to easily and accurately log their symptoms, view correlations between symptoms, meals, and medications, and share their data with their providers for optimal treatment.
GI Monitor app is available for free download for Android and iOS.
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy App
The Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (GIE) app, brings the medical journal of the same name on Android and iOS tablets and smartphones, allowing healthcare providers to keep up with the most important advances in the study, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive diseases.
The current version of the app introduced article enhancements features for better user experience, including AudioSlides, Virtual Microscope, 3D Radiological Viewer, 3D Neuroimaging Viewer, and more.
The app is available for free download, however, accessing the content requires institutional credentials.
U-M GI Procedures Prep App
All gastrointestinal procedures require patients to clean their colon. The more thoroughly the colon is cleaned the easier it is for the doctor to detect and remove potentially dangerous precancerous polyps. There are different types of preps and each one has multiple steps.
To assist patients in successfully completing their GI prep, University of Michigan developed the U-M GI Procedure Prep app.
The app provides patients with step-by-step procedure preparation instructions, reminder alerts to assist with each step, videos and photos describing the procedure, physician directory including photos of each physician and the phone number, and Location Locator featuring interactive maps with driving directions.
U-M GI Procedures Prep app is available for Android and iOS for free.
GI Associates App
GI Associates app is designed to help patients prepare for their upcoming GI procedures. Patients can use the app prior to a procedure in order to better understand and prepare for it.
Patients can customize the preparation by entering their procedure type, time, and date, allowing the app to guide them through the preparation process with detailed information and reminder alerts.
The app also provides instructional videos and allows patients to audio record notes their office visits.
GI Associates app is available for Android and iOS for free.
Gastroenterology Virtual Clinic App
Gastroenterology Virtual Clinic app allows gastroenterologists and other interested clinicians to easily earn continuing medical education (CME) credits for choosing tests and therapies for challenging, interactive patient cases designed to guide clinicians in making informed treatment and management decisions for patients with Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
The app is available for free for Android and iOS, however, only on tablet devices.
MyGiHealth GI Symptom Tracker App
MyGiHealth GI Symptom Tracker app is created by expert gastroenterologists with a goal to help patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, diarrhea, and GERD identify and track their symptoms.
The app enables patients to visualize their health progress, compare it to other patients, and learn ways to manage their symptoms better through diet, lifestyle, and medications.
The app provides information in a textual format and short videos that provide patients with a better understanding of how their body works.
The app is available for free download and use, however, only on iOS platform.
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