Keeping Eczema under Control with an App
School of Information Technology
The School of Information Technology (SIT), together with Hyphens Pharma Pte Ltd and KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, has developed a patient-friendly mobile application called “iControl Eczema” to help patients and physical monitor their condition on a daily basis.
SIT graduates, Gay Hui Jie from the Diploma in Business Informatics and Goh Shao Feng from the Diploma in Information Technology, spent three months from December 2015 to February 2016 to develop the app as part of their final year project. They learnt a new challenging technology and designed the various functions and database of the app all within this short period.
In the Regional Conference of Dermatology held in Singapore in April 2016, iControl Eczama was launched and demonstrated by Dr Mark Koh, Head and Consultant Dermatologist at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, to 750 doctors and dermatologists. Targeted at parents of children with eczema, the mobile app uses a new and patient-friendly measure known as Patient Eczema Severity Time (PEST).
With the mobile app, patients can rate, attach photographs and take notes about their eczema condition daily. During consultations, patients can present the trend of their eczema over a period of time, including photos and notes on their eczema condition. Real-time trending of eczema severity in-between clinic visits allow for better clinical assessment during the consultation and follow-up treatment by the patient's doctor or dermatologist.
The iControl Eczema app is currently available for free in Google Play Store and Apple's App Store for download.