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GPs to prescribe smartphone apps

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley today called for GPs to direct patients to free or cheap smartphone apps to help them better manage their health. The list of apps was created following a consultation exercise in which more than 500 apps were nominated and voted for by the public.

Popular apps include those to help people manage long-term conditions, and we are pleased to announce that the Diabetes UK Tracker app for iPhone and iPod Touch features on the list. The app provides users with a place to store and monitor their data and get a better idea about what might be affecting their blood glucose levels.

Unique features

Developed by a range of experts including people with diabetes, clinical specialists and user experience professionals, the app allows users not only to record vital data, but also share it with their healthcare professionals and visualise their results across days and weeks.

As well as being able to log blood glucose levels and store blood pressure and blood fat recordings, the Diabetes UK Tracker also allows users to track how they are feeling to help recognise patterns. Users can then save specific records as 'talking points' to use as reminders in healthcare appointments. This unique feature will help people get the most out of their appointments by setting their own agenda of their everyday concerns.

"An example of how technology can help"

Sarah Lewis, Digital Marketing Executive at Diabetes UK, said, "We feel very privileged that the app has been recognised in this way and it’s a great

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addition to the brilliant feedback received from some of our 13,000 app users since launching in September 2011.

"The Diabetes UK Tracker app is aimed at helping people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes better manage their condition, and is an example of how technology can help people with diabetes minimise the risk of complications. It is designed to be quick and simple to use, taking the daily chore out of logging levels.

"This Department of Health initiative is a great way to encourage people to take their health and wellbeing into their own hands. By promoting better management of an individual’s condition, we believe that the app will support people to gain long-term control over their diabetes and share their progress with their healthcare professional."

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