Partners Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) and Open Health Network (OHN) recently launched an app called “Lung Cancer Foundation“, which is the first complimentary app dedicated to supporting and empowering patients and families living with lung cancer. Its key features include the ALCF’s patient handbook, information on Community Hospital Centers of Excellence, a glossary of disease-related terms and information for patients and their caregivers to use during diagnosis, care and treatment. The app also allows patient data tracking, and refers patients to ongoing clinical trials and genomic testing.
The ALCF and OHN designed the app to help make the user feel in control of his condition, ensuring the right answers to all their questions are available at a simple tap. It also serves as a remote self-monitoring tool that compiles patient data from diagnosis to treatment, along with a constantly available support network. In 2015 the app will also connect to the ALCF’s online patient portal to track data and connect patients to appropriate research programs and testing.
“A cancer journey is scary, overwhelming, confusing and for lung cancer patients, it’s even more difficult because there’s not a lot of information available,” Bonnie J. Addario, stage 3B lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder said in a press release. “We created this app to close the gaps of information because we believe the more knowledge patients have, the better equipped they and their family will be to deal with lung cancer and become survivors.”
Tatyana Kanzaveli, the founder of OHN, said their partnership with ALCF is the beginning of finally filling in the information and knowledge gap in today’s medical research and disease management efforts. She adds, information is the best weapon against oncological research, especially for lung cancer, and that the OHN together with ALCF are committed to driving patient participation in clinical trials, surveys, and data tracking opportunities in order to advance and accelerate pivotal research.
The Lung Cancer Foundation app is free to download from the App Store, and from Google Play. Those interested to learn more about the ALCF may visit www.lungcancerfoundation.org and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.