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June 29, 2010

Healthcare Technology and News: Bayer HealthCare Launches FactorTrack, First Mobile App to Treat People with Hemophilia A

FactorTrack, the first customizable mobile application for people with hemophilia A, has been introduced by Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals. With this free, personal and interactive application, it becomes quite easy to track and record hemophilia factor VIII infusions.  
Dosing history, frequency and locations of bleeds are captured by FactorTrack. The people with hemophilia A, through the new application, are allowed to customize their infusion schedule based on their prescribed regimen, view their infusion history and, with an Internet connection, display an alert when it's time for the next infusion.
Also, the application offers patients with the option of emailing infusion and bleed history to themselves or their healthcare team if email is configured on their device. People with hemophilia A, through FactorTrack are linked to educational tools and online resources. 
FactorTrack can be used by any person who treats his or her bleeds with factor VIII infusions, regardless of the specific product or therapy. The application, for those on a prophylaxis regimen, offers a reminder system to help make it easier to remember when to infuse. For those who infuse factor VIII on demand, the application serves as a diary to record bleeds and infusions. 
"FactorTrack is the latest innovation from Bayer that illustrates our ongoing commitment to helping enhance the lives of people who live with bleeding disorders," Paul Bedard, vice president and general manager, Hematology, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc, said. "We worked alongside the hemophilia community, physical therapists and physical educators to develop the application in response to the needs of people with hemophilia A."
Available on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, the FactorTrack is designed to be compatible with a number of smart phone platforms.
When people use the FactorTrack application, Bayer doesn't collect personal information. Without entering information that identifies them, people can use the application.
In related news, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals has introduced a new iPhone app called 'myBETAapp' that provides tools for many people with multiple sclerosis.

Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for HealthTechZone. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Alice Straight

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