Smartphone Apps

Processes to support access to information for general practitioners (GPs) and nurses are critical to the delivery of high quality palliative care. This includes timely access to information pertaining to clinical and supportive care. Smartphone apps are an important way of enabling access at the point of care and in a timely way.

The GATI Project team have released the first Decision Assist app in April 2015, palliAGEDgp, and have developed a second app, palliAGEDnurse which has been released on the 12th May 2016.

palliAGEDnurse - Now available for Download


Technology is helping us to find information and resources more quickly. Decision Assist's second app, palliAGEDnurse, now helps nurses working in residential aged care, community care and general practice to care for older people with palliative care needs.
The app highlights a care framework built around three care processes – advance care planning, palliative care cases conferences and a care plan for the dying person. Nurses can navigate quickly to the three care processes. More specific information relevant to their practice setting can also be retrieved.

An online-offline capacity means they can use the app anywhere in Australia. As the app is web-based, it can be updated as new evidence and resources are released. palliAGEDnurse is free to download.

palliAGEDnurse is being developed by the CareSearch Project Team at Flinders University as part of the Decision Assist Program. It is a companion to the successful palliAGEDgp app.

For those nurses who may not have a smartphone, have a phone that does not meet current software standards, or who may prefer to use web-based resources or view content on their tablet - for optimal user experience, we would recommend viewing the palliAGEDnurse content online through your web browser at  apps.caresearch.com.au/palliAGEDnurse/home

palliAGEDnurse is now available for free download from iTunes and PlayTM online app stores.

More information about the palliAGEDnurse app:
  • palliAGEDnurse Fact sheet (475kb pdf)
  • Interview with Ms Carolanne Barkla (Decision Assist ACSA Representative) (1:54mins)
    Carolanne speaks about how the palliAGEDnurse app was developed, the content held within the app, advantages / benefits to using the app and how the palliAGEDnurse app can support your practice
  • Interview with Ms Kay Richards (Decision Assist LASA Representative) (1:33mins)
    Kay speaks about how the palliAGEDnurse app was developed, the content held within the app and the importance of the palliAGEDnurse app being available to the sector
  • Promotional video (1:47mins)
    Decision Assist's ACSA Representative, Ms Carolanne Barkla provides information about the content of the palliAGEDnurse app, discusses the benefits of using the palliAGEDnurse app and includes screen images of the downloaded app on a smartphone

palliAGEDgp - Updated version now available

palliAGEDgp is a smartphone app that helps GPs who are caring for older palliative patients living at home or in residential care. As most deaths are expected, death can be planned for and the required care delivered in a pre-emptive fashion. General practitioners (GPs) have a central role in planning and providing for that care. palliAGEDgp can help them in this role. 

The app was designed and developed following a review of available apps relevant to palliative care and aged care. It recognises that GPs make use of mobile technologies in managing and providing care.
 
The app makes use of a framework of care which starts with a GP considering if they would be surprised if this patient died in the next 6 to 12 months. The key clinical processes resulting from their assessment are – advance care plan, case conference, or terminal care management plan. The app provides information and resources to support each of these and includes prescribing support for common symptoms experienced in the terminal phase. The app is one of a suite of resources for GPs on palliative care and advance care planning being developed by Decision Assist.

The GATI Project team have reviewed the content currently on the palliAGEDgp app and developed an updated version which is now available for download. This updated version will include both access to updated resources and the online-offline capacity which means the app can be used anywhere in Australia even in areas where there is limited internet coverage. As the app is web-based, it can be updated as new evidence and resources are released. palliAGEDgp is free to download.

For those GPs who may not have a smartphone, have a phone that does not meet current software standards, or who may prefer to use web-based resources or view content on their tablet - for optimal user experience, we would recommend viewing the palliAGEDgp content online through your web browser at apps.caresearch.com.au/palliAGED

palliAGEDgp is now available for free download from iTunes and PlayTM online app stores
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More information about the palliAGEDgp app



Page updated 17 May 2016