Most rheumatic disorders require long-term treatment with regular monitoring by a rheumatologist to achieve good health outcomes. Disease monitoring can be done by patients as well, thanks to the numerous mobile apps.
These apps allow patients to track their disease activity and flares over time, and they can also educate patients about their disease and how to better manage it.
Mobile apps can also provide rheumatologists and other clinicians caring for patients with rheumatic conditions with a range of information regarding the disease activity and treatments available, with a goal to help providers deliver better clinical care to their patients.
Here, we listed some of the best rheumatology apps for both clinicians and patients.
Rheumatology Apps for Clinicians
RAVE Mobile App
RAVE Mobile, which stands for Rheumatology Advance Vital Education Mobile, is a free educational resource for rheumatologists and clinicians caring for patients with rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis.
The app helps providers easily monitor and document disease activity, providing them with up-to-date diagnostic criteria, disease activity scales (CDAI, SDAI, DAS28-CRP, and more) to calculate scores using various criteria, and medication guides that provide an overview of non-biologic and biologic drugs commonly used in practice.
RAVE Mobile app allows clinicians to monitor their patients' progress by automatically recording and storing individual patient information, including disease activity measures, medication history, side effects and more, all in a "Patient Chart" section that can be protected by a password.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) relevant to rheumatologists is also available on the app, which can be used on Android and iOS.
RhEumAtic Disease activitY (READY) App
RhEumAtic Disease activitY (READY) is an electronic measurement tool intended for rheumatology practices to efficiently capture and collect Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) with a goal to track various musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other rheumatic diseases.
The app supports decision-making process at the point of care and facilitates communication with patients, thus helping physicians deliver better clinical care.
The READY app is available for free, however, only on iPad.
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RheumaHelper app is a comprehensive mobile tool for rheumatologists. It provides a complete selection of various tools, including disease activity calculators and classification criteria the rheumatologists can easily reference at the point of care.
The app includes several important disease activity calculators, such as ASDAS, BASDAI, Vasculitis damage index, and more, as well as classifications for various rheumatic diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, gout, systemic lupus erythematosus, and more.
All of the classifications and disease activity calculators included in the app are based on referenced equations.
RheumaHelper app is available for free on iOS and Android.
CORE - Clinical ORthopedic Exam App
Diagnosing musculoskeletal, orthopedic, and rheumatic conditions all depend on the ability to properly and accurately perform and interpret the orthopedic exam.
CORE - which stands for Clinical ORthopedic Exam - is a mobile app designed to assist physicians in diagnosing musculoskeletal and orthopedic disorders, as well as rheumatic conditions.
The app consists of a huge database of over 400 clinical tests that come with detailed descriptions on how to perform the exams, accompanied by video demonstrations, diagnostic properties, and medical reference links.
CORE app is available on Android and iOS for $39.99, plus additional $5.99 for exam videos.
DAS Calculator App
DAS is short for "Disease Activity Score," which is a measure of the activity of rheumatoid arthritis. By measuring the tender and swollen joint counts (TJC & SJC), CRP (c-reactive protein) and General Health, the DAS 28-4 gives an estimate of disease activity, while the DAS 28-3 uses just the TJC, SJC & CRP. Rheumatologists and other clinicians caring for patients with rheumatoid arthritis use this tool every day, which is now easier thanks to DAS Calculator app.
This app enables clinicians to calculate a patient's disease activity score quickly and easily, in just a few taps.
Clinicians enter parameters in a particular calculation and the calculator generates a score which specifies whether the patient is in remission or has low, moderate, or high disease activity.
The app is available on iOS only. The free basic version of the app contains only three calculators, while an in-app purchase of $1.99 unlocks additional 9 calculators.
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Rheumatology Apps for Patients
There are more than 100 different types of arthritis, include rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and more. All these types of arthritis have a different cause, and they can also induce pain which is chronic, and often debilitating and life-changing.
This pain is also unpredictable which makes living with arthritis and other rheumatic conditions so hard and frustrating. Knowing what makes the symptoms worse is important for patients living with a chronic condition.
This can be easily done by keeping track of symptoms, activities, triggers, and treatment. Tracking could help patients identify patterns and triggers, as well as predict pain.
The Arthritis Foundation developed TRACK + REACT app for people living with one of the types of arthritis, helping them identify the patterns between their activities and their symptoms in order to better control and manage their condition.
The app is available for free on Android and iOS.
MyRA app is designed for people living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), helping them track their condition, symptoms, and triggers, and communicate about their RA with their physicians, with the help of a visual summary report (snapshot) of their tracked data that myRA app generates.
The app is available on iOS and Android for free.
Chronic Pain Tracker App
Chronic pain is one of the biggest hassles when living with musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Knowing what may trigger your pain can help patients better control and manage their condition. This can be done by keeping a diary with the details of your pain history.
Chronic Pain Tracker app is a diary designed for iOS that helps patients track data across 19 different health categories, including pain triggers, pain duration, intensity, effective treatment, and many more.
The data reports can be exported and shared with a doctor or care providers.
Chronic Pain Tracker app is available as a Lite version which is free, and Pro version which costs $6.99.