September 2018
New Zealand's health app library updates

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In this month's New Zealand Health App Library newsletter we bring you an update on an app designed to help gamblers, new categories of apps added to the health app library, New Zealand health app reviews and some tips on managing security and privacy of health apps.

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New Zealand's Health App Library team

Study participants required: SPGeTTI app to support problem gambling

Researchers at the University of Auckland, National Institute of Health Innovation (NIHI) have developed a free app aimed to support problem gamblers make changes to stop or reduce their gambling and are currently looking for study participants.
The app supports positive behaviour change by providing users with short daily messages to build their confidence and skill set, as well as using GPS to send users messages to aid them in putting their new skills into action when they’re in real world risky situations. The idea behind these features is to provide a discrete form of help when people are feeling their most vulnerable and prevent the return to previous patterns of behaviour.

For more information about the study:

New app categories

Health Navigator is always working to add new categories to the Health App Library. Recent new additions include; If there are any categories that you would like added to the health app library email 

New Zealand based apps

MS Energise
MS Energise app uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT)–based approaches to help people with multiple sclerosis manage their fatigue.

The app has 7 modules —thoughts, behaviour, emotions, fatigue, body, world, future. Each module has an education section and self-management tools and techniques. The app gives insight into the way behaviour, thoughts, emotions, bodily factors, and the environment can contribute to fatigue. By improving understanding of the illness and changes in thinking and behaviour, users can better manage their condition. 

Developed by Autel in collaboration with AUT University NZ, Bournemouth University and the University of Brighton.

Read more about the MS Energise app.
Rheumatoid arthritis Xplained
This app provides easy-to-understand information about rheumatoid arthritis. Using comic-style, colourful graphics, the user follows the story of a young mother of two, on her journey as she is diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. She learns about;
  • the tests to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis 
  • medications to treat the condition
  • the importance of lifestyle changes like diet and exercise
  • the impact on various aspects of daily living
  • tips on how to live well with arthritis
Read more about the rheumatoid arthritis Xplained app

Security and privacy of health apps

Generally health apps are not covered by legal requirements to safeguard data privacy and security. This new page in the Health App Library aims to improve consumer understanding of safety and security when using health apps and covers aspects such as ;
  • the risks of poor security
  • how to improve safety and security when using apps
  • understanding a privacy policy
  • is data being shared with a third part or advertiser
  • where is your data stored.
Link to full article: Security and privacy of health apps

Share your experience or get involved 

  • Do you have experience using a patient focused health app in a clinical setting?
  • Have you developed a health app or are you in the process of developing one?
  • Are you keen to help review health apps?
This month we are specifically looking for anyone with experience in the following areas; dementia
autism or disabilities.

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