Discovering that you have a condition such as Parkinson’s can be difficult enough, as you would likely immediately have fears about what sort of quality of life you can reasonably expect to enjoy from then on. myHealthPal, a British and New York-based startup, has launched iOS and Android apps in an effort to provide suffers of long-term conditions (such as Parkinson’s) with a platform for managing variety aspects of their life, allowing them to track activity and monitor their progress.
myHealthPal is aiming to become a centralized portal that allows those with diseases and conditions to track their diet, their meds schedule, their exercise regimen, log their mood, and other aspects of life. From there, the information entered is then converted into charts and graphs, which allows the user to understand how various factors impact their quality of life. The service is initially geared towards help sufferers of Parkinson’s, but it has potential application in helping those who deal with diabetes, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer’s, and other conditions. The platform is free to use, but the company tells me that they are looking to generate revenue by asking users to voluntarily donate their data, which would be de-identified and then sold on to scientific researchers.
What is notable about myHealthPal is that the project was developed not just by any kind-hearted person, but by Mike Barlow, who suffers from Parkinson’s Disease in their own life and wanted to fill the void that he discovered when he began to search for services to help him to cope with his own condition.
In addition to the 500,000 pounds that the company has just raised from a group of private investors, as well as Proxy Ventures. One aspect of this service that bodes well for its long-term success is that it has already attracted attention from the medical community, with the company reporting that they are beginning a trial with Mount Sinai Hospital, one of the most prominent hospitals in the United States. As they have just launched their apps to the public, they are not currently revealing their total number of users.