What’s App, Doc? Technology and Narcolepsy

It’s no secret that people are more dependent on technology than ever. We’ve got computers in our cars, TVs on our phones, and WiFi on our airplanes.

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It shouldn’t be a shock, then, that tech is also infiltrating healthcare and, more specifically, rare diseases.

Jazz Pharmaceuticals recently introduced their Narcolepsy Screener (available for iPhone or Android) to help patients rate their symptoms on the Swiss Narcolepsy Scale and Epworth Sleepiness Scale.

Presumably, the app will help patients get diagnosed sooner and therefore, get the treatment they need.

Certainly Jazz isn’t the only pharmaceutical company that’s released an app for patients. There are apps with medication reminders and side effect tracking, as well as those that put you in touch with patient support services. But certainly there are other areas that aren’t being met.

So, here’s the question: If you were a tech-genius with unlimited resources, what kind of healthcare related app would you design? What would help you stay on top of your rare disease? And what aren’t the pharma companies considering that they should be?


James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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