An app to make life better / 14 May 2014 / 14 May 2014
It is a widely accepted fact that new technologies facilitate communication and the exchange of information. When used to help children with disabilities and complex illnesses, they can truly improve the quality of their lives and of their families.
Forced to experience various hospitals, doctors’ surgeries and community services for their many needs and clinical emergencies, children with disabilities now have a new tool to rely on: “Ability”, an app for smartphones that they always carry with them.
The app contains their full medical history – tests, treatments, operations, etc. – that each of their doctors uploads so that it is always up to date, making everything much simpler and less burdensome and care more appropriate and timely.
In essence, it is an instrument for optimising communication exchanges among parents, doctors and caregivers, keeping a central focus on the children, who are often not in a position to express their own needs. By means of their mobile phones, Ability communicates for them, in real time, with everyone, recording responses and organising care.
Developed by Informa, the project is run by the Bambino Gesù Hospital in Rome.