Last year, I wrote about RheumaBuddy, an app offering a helping hand to people with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), who want to record, manage and discuss their symptoms, mood and activities. Following one year since a wider roll out across Europe, the app has now been refreshed, and is currently looking for people to test it out!
The app is designed to help people with arthritis to gain a better understanding of their good and bad days, and may just help you to identify triggers that contribute to a flare. RheumaBuddy was initially launched in Denmark in 2015, followed by other countries across Europe in 2017. Since then, the developers of RheumaBuddy, Daman, have been working on the app, based on the feedback of users and partner patient organisations, to update and improve the features available.
The updated and improved features include:
Extended community functions
- The ability to see responses and comments to questions from other people using the app;
- Opportunities for greater engagement between community members;
- Choosing whether you want to disclose your profile name or engage anonymously;
- Uploading pictures to better describe your questions and answers;
- “Liking” a topic you find interesting and sorting all topics into new/old categories, or the numbers of likes.
- Selecting the symptoms you want to be tracking;
- Adding or replacing your own scales to the standard metrics of mood, pain, fatigue and stiffness – enabling you to tailor the app to monitor what is important to you;
- A more precise joint pain map, enabling you to register where on your body you have the most problems at a given timepoint;
- Better ways of sharing your detailed overview with family, friends, and your rheumatology team.
Comprehensive note overview
- Notes which can now be displayed in one comprehensive overview, making it easier for you to see diary entries you have saved over a longer period of time.
- Receiving more personalised and motivational reminders on your phone, in case you forget to log your symptoms.
If you are interested by what you have read so far, why don’t you test the RheumaBuddy Beta app for yourself! It is currently only available for download on iOS (Apple) devices, including iPhone and iPad.
To download the app, click this link on your iPhone or iPad and follow the simple steps. You will need to:
- Download ‘TestFlight‘ from the App Store (if you haven’t already got it downloaded). To do this, click on ‘View in App Store’, then ‘Open’. You can then either download TestFlight or click ‘Open’ if you already have it downloaded on your device.
- You’ll then see ‘RheumaBuddy Beta’ under apps. Click ‘Open’. If you don’t see this, click this link again, and go to Step 2, and click ‘Start Testing’.
Sharing your feedback
The developers of RheumaBuddy are always keeping their eyes and ears open to the needs of people with arthritis, and have been researching on what could make RheumaBuddy a more personalised tool. By using the Beta app, you’re helping them to develop even better versions – both for iOS (Apple) and Android devices. Daman anticipate that the new app will be freely available to download across iOS and Android devices in 2019.
If you have any questions or want to share any feedback with the developers, please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org