A new mobile app offering easy access to credible health information has been launched by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI).
RCSI MyHealth was developed in conjunction with 16 of Ireland’s leading charity organisations in response to statistics that show 81 per cent of Irish adults self-diagnose illnesses they believe they have by searching online.
The same research also found that one in every 20 searches using Google was for health-related information, often drawing up the worst case scenario for medical symptoms, and that 46 per cent of Irish adults surveyed reported increased stress or worry as a result of their self-diagnosis.
The MyHealth app lets users take charge of their own health in a safer manner, allowing them to discreetly search for information relating to 800 specific health conditions in a clear, focused and organised manner that is easy to understand.
It also provides users with information on where to seek advice and support if they are suffering from a health condition, including a list of health services in Ireland ranging from emergency contact numbers to support organisations and hospital details.
For those interested in reading about the latest health news, there are links to up to date health news websites. And the app also includes up-to-date information on the level of blood supply left in the country for anyone who is thinking of donating blood.
“Recognising signs and symptoms of disease is a very effective method of reducing morbidity and mortality,” said RCSI chief executive and registrar Prof Cathal Kelly. “However, when looking for health information, it is important for patients to seek information from a credible source.
“This app is useful for patients looking for health information and also for health professionals who are looking to provide supplementary information to patients on specific health conditions. ”
RCSI MyHealth is available free of charge for iOS from the Apple App Store and for Android devices from Google Play.