BCG Treatment

Version: 2.0.1 | Cost: Entirely Free

Level 3 - Condition Management
Category: Bowel Cancer
Released: 08/05/2015
Updated: 27/03/2018
Version: 2.0.1
Size: 26mb
Developer: Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Reviewed On: 08/10/2019
This App achieved an ORCHA score of 79%.

It was assessed as a Level 3 App. These apps can be focused on general health or supporting specific health conditions. They may collect data and they may have a number of more advanced features. Where they collect data we assess their data use policies and compliance with relevant standards. Because they are health focused we also assess their compliance in the Clinical Effectiveness as well as the User Experience domains.

This App doesn’t collect any data and it is therefore only assessed and scored based on its performance in the User Experience and Clinical Assurance sections of our review.

Data Privacy
Not Applicable
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Clinical Assurance
38.8/45
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User Experience
20.8/25
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Developer description
This application provides patients a simplified, trusted resource for self-education. BCG (i.e., Bacillus Calmette-Gue?rin) is the recommended course of treatment for intermediate and high-risk bladder cancer patients, however, this treatment is associated with high toxicity, and compliance with treatment and follow-up recommendations may vary depending on several patient-specific factors. Patient education on the subject may prevent toxicity and adverse events. Composed, educated patients are better able to participate in erudite negotiations about their healthcare. Self-education tools provide the key to empowering patients with the information that will help them reduce psychological distress and emotional burden, in addition to avoiding health complications resulting from non-compliance with treatment recommendations or misinformation regarding side effects of treatment. This will be extremely useful for patients with chronic disease types with treatments where risk of incidental non-compliance or side-effects from treatment run high. Access to simplified, highly visual healthcare provider and patient-approved education materials from mobile devices provides opportunities for self-education between clinical consultations. This application was designed and tested by a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, researchers, patient advocates, medical illustrators, human factors engineers, patient education experts, software engineers, and patients. It has been honed from the latest medical information and approved by experts in the field. It has been simplified to a highly-visual, interactive tool, at a sixth-grade reading level.
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We have identified that this App provides the following key features

General Information
The App provides general information or guidance
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Professional Assurance

It was clear from our review that a suitably qualified professional or organisation was involved in the Apps development.

It wasn't clear from our review how regularly the advice and guidance given by the App was reviewed and updated by relevant professionals.

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Testing

It wasclear from our review that the App had been through end user testing as part of its design and development.

Customisation

The App does provide customisable features.

End user capacity

The App does provide support for users with poor sight.

The App does provide support for users with hearing difficulties.

Support

The App doesn't appear to have a clear approach to dealing with user issues.

Cost

The App is entirely free to use.

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