A couple new mobile apps for people with MS have caught my attention.
Several mobile apps allow users to enter information about how they’re feeling from day to day. But icompanion is the only one I know of that lets users self-administer standard tests neurologists may perform during an examination, including the Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) and the Quality of Life in Neurological Disorders (Neuro-QoL).
I don’t know my Neuro-QoL scores, so I can’t judge the accuracy, but when I took icompanion’s EDSS test, it registered around 6.5, which has been my EDSS level for several years.
Icompanion also allows daily tracking of a dozen MS symptoms. For each symptom, users select from seven levels ranging from “not affected at all” to “severe limitation.” Pull-down menus help to list and to date treatments, plus a diary option is available.
Icompanion includes a “knowledge center” that provides detailed answers to general questions about MS, MRI tests, and even COVID-19, and how it might affect people with MS.
Icompanion also has a website version where users can upload copies of their MRIs from CDs, DVDs, or USBs, to obtain interpretations of what images show.
All of the data that you provide can be shared with your neurologist if the doctor participates in the icompanion program.
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