Features

RheumaBuddy is an app to achieve “self-empowerment”. In other words, the app helps you to gain greater control of your arthritis. How? By getting a better overview, discovering patterns and then by figuring out what you can do to influence the disease in a more positive direction yourself. Share your findings with your rheumatologist - RheumaBuddy is a perfect tool to document the development in your disease since last visit. On top of that, the app also has a buddy function. In an online community for users of RheumaBuddy you can ask for help, seek advice or maybe offer to help your peers when you have a good day. If you do not feel like sharing with every RheumaBuddy you can connect with chosen “buddies”.

It’s your personal RA diary

Day by day, or when it suits you, you register how you are affected by your RA. Consequently, you will get a better understanding of the different factors that affect your disease.

How is your day?

Use the barometer to register how you feel regarding pain, tiredness, mood and stiffness. You can also use a pain map to pin out where on your body it hurts the most.

You remember it all

Choose between written notes, sound files and pictures to document your day. Then you do not have to remember everything yourself, especially when you visit your rheumatologist.

A great overview

Your daily registrations result in a rewarding overview after a longer period. For example, statistics will show you the connection between your pain, mood and level of energy/activities.

Exact information for your specialist

You can easily show your rheumatologist how you have been since your last visit – and not just how you feel on the day of your check-up. That ensures a better and more targeted treatment.

Buddy community

Share tips and advice with other people that have RA. For example, use the app to get a helping hand or supportive word on a bad day and give something in return on a good day.

To profes­sionals working with RA

An experienced rheumatologist in Denmark, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, has played a large part in the development of this app. She too has seen the advantage of a tool for young people with RA.

RheumaBuddy is primarily a tool for young people with RA to achieve a unique insight into their own condition – and thereby how they can become motivated to break bad habits and adjust their life in a more positive direction.

To professionals, RheumaBuddy is also an advantage. The foundation for counselling and treating the individual patient becomes stronger. Often at visits to the specialist, patients have trouble describing in detail how they have been feeling since last time. That does not leave you, the specialist, with a true and fair view of their general condition.

In contrast, when your patient uses this app you will get a holistic insight instead of a snapshot.

You receive more information and a better understanding of how your patient has really been. That provides you with the opportunity to target your treatment of your young patient.

We are continuing the development of RheumaBuddy and are already drawing up version two. We can reveal that the development includes a service for professionals and health care professionals within rheumatology; a service that will make it even easier to get insights on how the RA is affecting the individual patient.

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All young people with rheumatoid arthritis are now getting the tool we have longed for - a digital tool that can register the variations in the RA between visits at the rheumatologist. It is very important for young people with RA to have an overview and take control of the symptoms, and in combination with the buddy-feature, the app has a huge potential of becoming enormous beneficial not only for the individual patient but also contributing to a much better program of treatment. We are very proud of this project.

James Rickmann
Deputy chairman, FNUG

Young people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis are in need of a contemporary tool that helps them put themselves at the center and to take responsibility for their own lives. RheumaBuddy is extremely relevant for these young people and very illustrative also when it comes to describing the daily variations in their lives with RA. This APP can give them a better insight regarding the variations of the symptoms and the treatment.

Berit Schiøttz-Christensen
Rheumatologist and professor

“Despite living with a chronical disease, the young people are smart at handling their own disease. With the app they get a tool that utilizes smartphone and social technologies. They get a virtual buddy that empowers them in coping with rheumatoid arthritis and the buddy network fosters knowledge sharing and crowd caring. We see a great possibility for the app to improve quality of life because of changed lifestyle and an opportunity to target the treatment”.

Andreas Dam
CEO, Daman

Partners

Raising the quality of life for young people suffering from RA, and providing them with a digital tool to cope with the disease. Those are the reasons why we have developed RheumaBuddy. Who are the people behind the app? To achieve this great result, there is close teamwork between Daman, who operates and also has developed the app itself, members of the Danish Association of Young People with RA (FNUG) and rheumatologist and professor, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen.

Young people can also get rheumatoid arthritis. That is the reason why FNUG exists. They meet up and talk about RA and everything that comes along. But they also talk about all kinds of stuff that young people, with or without RA, talk about. FNUG was founded in 1983 and the goal is to make life easier for young people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and to raise knowledge about the fact that not only elderly people get the disease.

Daman is a digital agency specialized within healthcare. Our mission is to improve health by digital innovation. We are passionate about technology and digital media, and deliver services that raise the quality of life of patients and enables healthcare professionals to achieve better outcomes. The strength of our company lies in the in-depth knowledge of the healthcare industry and the skills and expertise of our people.

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