Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The Caidr Healthcare App


I’ve recently been reviewing the new Caidr App. Designed by Clinova, it’s a healthcare app that helps you assess your medical complaints. I worked in academic research and public health for over 10 years and am passionate about anything connected to health so I was keen to give to review the Caidr app. Although I’ve used many apps including those focusing on kids’ education and family communication this was the first health app I have used. The Caidr app has been developed by a team of healthcare professionals with the aim of helping those at home distinguish minor ailments from more serious illnesses that would require seeing a doctor or seeking hospital treatment.

Did you know that an estimated 57 million GP appointments and 3.7 million A&E visits each year could be treated at home with self-help treatments! The figures are staggering and show that if people had more information on self-treatable conditions, these symptoms could be treated at home and a huge burden could be lifted off the NHS. That’s where the Caidr app comes in. The app, which is completely free and can be downloaded in seconds, asks users a series of questions relating to health complaints and provides information on each health matter or illness with suggestions on self-care. The app advises on whether self-care is possible or if seeing a doctor, pharmacist or optician is recommended.


Many illnesses can be avoided by living a healthier lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet and exercising. Many health complains can also be treated at home. Dehydration, for example, is a common complaint especially in hot weather or when travelling abroad. Other than keeping well hydrated with liquids, oral rehydration salts are one of the most effective way to rehydrate the body. O.R.S® Hydration Tablets are suitable for both adults and children and quickly replenish the body’s need for salt and fluid. They also come in three tasty flavours: Lemon, Blackcurrant and Strawberry. I’ve been using the Caidr app for a few weeks now. Here are my views:

Pros

  • The app is completely free to download
  • The size of the app is only 12MB so very quick to download and barely takes up any space on a phone.
  • The app is super easy, straightforward and quick to use.
  • The app gives a wide range of useful options on where a problem persists with a list of categories including: Eye; Ear; Mouth; Sore throat, Coughs & Colds; Headaches & Sleep; Nausea & Vomiting; Stomach Problems; Bladder Problems & Women’s Health; Bone, Joint, Muscle Problems & Injuries
  • By selecting a category and answering further questions regarding the complaint, you can reach a verdict in seconds!
  • The app is reassuring in that it advises whether it is possible to treat symptoms with self-management or if you should see a doctor for further investigation.
  • This app is very handy because you save the time searching your symptoms on health-related websites such as the NHS. Sometimes you do not find the information you are looking for when searching on the internet or the information you find can be misleading or ambiguous. The Caidr app information is reliable.

Cons

  • The only disadvantage I can think of is that seeing a health professional in person can relieve concerns especially when a child is involved. However, saying that Pip had a cold a few weeks ago and I was satisfied with the advice of self-care treatments from the pharmacist.

Overall Verdict

Over the last few weeks I have used the Caidr app for both myself and my 4 year old son. I have thoroughly enjoyed using the app and I have to say this has been the quickest and most efficient app I’ve ever used! Being able to use the symptom checker and then receive accurate health advice within seconds is amazing! Along with being free, easy and quick to use it’s a wonderful app. It’s particularly useful for parents like me, who lead busy lives and do not have a lot of time to search for symptoms on the internet. The app is particularly handy if you are deliberating over whether to go to the doctors or self-care from home and gives a reliable, quick and reassuring answer within seconds. I recommend using the Caidr app!

The Caidr® App is available from App
Store and Google Play to download free of charge. Further information on Caidr® can be found at www.caidr.co.uk

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Have you used a health app? If so, how do you find it. If not, would this be something you’d be interested in. I’d love to hear your thoughts.


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20 comments

  1. Wow 57 million appointments could be avoided!! That's ridiculous. What a waste of NHS money. Love the idea of this app, sounds easy to use too

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  2. This sounds like a great product, I am always consulting Google!! I hate bothering the GP for small things

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    1. Thanks Stephanie! It's such a handy app :0

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  3. We avoid doctors or hospitals where we can. This sounds like a good way to help us do this where my medical knowledge is lacking. What a great idea!

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  4. This sounds like a great idea, those figures regarding people visiting the GP for treatable problems is staggering! I avoid the Dr as much as possible really.

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    1. Me too! It's such an informative app :)

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  5. this sounds really interesting as I often don't think I'm ill 'enough' to need a full appointment, but an idea of what to get at the pharmacy sounds great to me!

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    1. Thanks Rebecca. I know exactly what you mean! The app is so handy :)

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  6. This is such a great idea - I don't google as I can scare myself! I think I would use this. Kaz x

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    1. Thanks Kaz! Ah good job on not using google - I did a lot once, not anymore :)

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  7. Seems like such a lovely app to have and very handy, often I just have my doctor call me instead of turning up at the surgery but this app would be better

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  8. Can't believe how many people book into the doctors for the slightest thing - a simply head cold and they go running. But then I avoid going at most costs so perhaps should use the app to give myself a definitive answer.
    C x

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  9. Mellissa WilliamsSunday, May 20, 2018

    This sounds like a really interesting app, I could see myself using this when needing advice.

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  10. That sounds like a really neat app! I typically am googling symptoms and reading 3-4 "medical" articles to see what it might be or how to treat something at home. It would be a huge help to know the advice is sound and not wondering if I'm being fed false information.

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    1. Thank you! That's the big problem with the searching across google isn't it. The app is reassuring & gives sound advice :)

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