Iron Tracker App
Last May was Hemochromatosis Month – a month to bring awareness to a potentially fatal (if left untreated) genetic disorder that causes the accumulation of iron in the body. After being diagnosed with the disorder, Professor Gary Grewal decided to develop an app to help manage his condition. Together, with Dr. Hamilton-Wright and students Frank Liu, Andrew D'Angelo, and John Carter, he developed a mobile app, called Iron Tracker.
The free mobile app is available in both the Android and iOS store, and is designed to allow patients to track their Ferritin and Hemoglobin levels, and manage their appointments. The app has the potential to minimize the long term risks of the disease (which include liver and heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis).
Bob Rogers, CEO and executive director of the Canadian Hemochromatosis Society had this to say: "There are so many people suffering from this disorder who aren't being diagnosed. This app is one of the tools we'll use to propagate awareness but also help people who have it."
The Iron Tracker app has now even reached Australia and was published in the Iron Age News by Haemochromatosis Australia. Iron Age News states, ".....this simple little App should be helpful to manage your treatment and might replace paper records or complicated spreadsheets for some."
To download the app, visit IronTracker.ca.