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Coming Soon: Digital Companion App for MS

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    Coming Soon: Digital Companion App for MS

    After spending more than a century honing its pharmacological approach to managing disease, Roche is branching out. The Big Pharma has partnered with digital health software developer Temedica to help multiple sclerosis patients manage their condition using a smartphone app.

    The Brisa app will collect daily health data like activity, sleep and dietary habits and give users a place to track their day-to-day MS symptoms. After analyzing that information, the “digital companion” will be able to pinpoint potential areas of improvement and suggest lifestyle changes that might help users better manage the condition in tandem with their existing treatment plans.

    The app will then guide patients through those changes, providing individualized therapy support and recommendations and automatically sharing their progress with their care teams.

    The Brisa platform combines Roche’s medical expertise with Temedica’s experience building digital health tools. The Munich-based company’s offerings also include the Pelvina app to help women reduce urinary incontinence and strengthen the pelvic floor; Mineo, designed to manage back pain with physician-created therapy plans; and Waya, an app for obesity and Type 2 diabetes management.

    Temedica is also developing yet another digital app with an unnamed pharmaceutical partner that will focus on managing rheumatic diseases.

    To start, Brisa will only be available in Germany, where it will be offered free of charge to the nation’s approximately 240,000 MS patients.

    A beta version of the app is already available for download for both iOS and Android, while the release of the full version is slated for the end of this year, after Brisa and its therapeutic components have received the necessary regulatory clearances to be used as a medical device.

    “Today, digital technologies enable us to accelerate medical progress and together establish healthcare that focuses even more on the individual needs of patients," said Carola Bruns, Roche’s medical lead of neuroscience. “We are convinced that together—and in cooperation with patients, treatment providers and scientists—we will make a valuable contribution to further deepen our understanding of MS and to further improve the quality of life of MS patients.”

    I sound's great. Did I understand it correctly that you can't get it yet in the usa ?
    God Bless Us All


      Yes, not yet available in the US.