New Apps Aid in IBD Monitoring and Patient Education

New Apps Aid in IBD Monitoring and Patient Education
The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) recently launched My IBD Manager, a new digital app for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients. The app offers tools and features for patients, including a treatment tracker to help monitor dosing, schedules, and supplements; a symptom tracker to monitor pain and progress; and a food log to monitor diet and nutritional intake. There's also a journal to let patients record daily fatigue, mood swings, their ability to keep social plans, and their overall quality of life; expert-revised content, including topics such as "pregnancy with IBD"; and a gaming approach that awards patients for consistently using the app. With My IBD Manager, doctors can monitor automatically generated charts from patient-entered data, allowing them to get a better sense of their patients’ experiences and use that to inform treatment decisions and disease management. "Understanding and monitoring symptoms is a significant challenge, and people living with IBD are often faced with an over-abundance of resources," James Lord, MD, PhD, and AGA medical advisor for My IBD Manager, said in a press release. "Our goal is to support patients in better understanding their IBD symptoms, and in communicating the full scope of their experiences with their healthcare providers," Lord said. "The patient application couples helpful IBD-related information and resources from AGA with tools that gui
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