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Secondary Prophylaxis reminder apps – now in trial phase

Two new apps to encourage and remind people on secondary prophylaxis to get their injections are now in trial phase.

The RHDAustralia Facebook application, ‘Treatment Tracker’ uses gamification to encourage young people to get their injections on time and all the time. Facebook still remains the most popular social networking platform and is widely used in Australian Indigenous communities. Following completion of a trial in selected communities the app will be available for free download for anyone with a Facebook account.

The second app, the ‘Take Heart App’, is a smart phone app designed to help people to stay on track with their regular injections and uses reminders, a calendar and quick check function so people can see if they are ‘on’ or ‘off’ track.  The app was developed specially to support young people on secondary prophylaxis in the Laynhapuy Homelands,  Northern Territory, and is part of a broader initiative driven by the community to address the burden of rheumatic heart disease. The app is currently being trialled in that community but is freely available for download and use. It is currently only available for use with iPhone ; and an Android version is in development.

Look out for updates in future editions of Murmur and on the RHDAustralia website.