Smartphone app to manage haemophilia treatment
22 July 2010
FactorTrack is a free mobile application that helps make it
easier to track and record haemophilia factor VIII infusions.
Produced by Bayer HealthCare, Pharmaceuticals FactorTrack
captures dosing history, frequency and locations of bleeds.
It allows people with haemophilia A to customize their infusion
schedule based on their prescribed regimen, view their infusion
history and, with an Internet connection, display an alert when it's
time for the next infusion. It also gives patients the option of
emailing infusion and bleed history to themselves or their
healthcare team if email is configured on their device. Further,
FactorTrack links people with haemophilia A to educational tools and
Any person who treats his or her bleeds with factor VIII
infusions can use FactorTrack, regardless of the specific product or
therapy. For those on a prophylaxis (preventive) regimen, the
application offers a reminder system to help make it easier to
remember when to infuse. For those who infuse factor VIII on demand
(when needed), the application serves as a diary to record bleeds
"FactorTrack is the latest innovation from Bayer that illustrates
our ongoing commitment to helping enhance the lives of people who
live with bleeding disorders," said Paul Bedard, vice president and
general manager, Hematology, Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc.
"We worked alongside the haemophilia community, physical therapists
and physical educators to develop the application in response to the
needs of people with haemophilia A."
Designed to be compatible with a number of smart phone platforms,
FactorTrack is available already on an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
It will be made available on other smart phones and the Web.
People can get information about downloading FactorTrack by going
About Haemophilia A
Haemophilia A, also known as factor VIII deficiency or classic
haemophilia, is largely an inherited bleeding disorder in which one
of the proteins needed to form blood clots in the body is missing or
reduced. Haemophilia A, the most common type of haemophilia, is
caused by deficient or defective blood coagulation proteins, known
as factor VIII. Haemophilia A is characterized by prolonged or
spontaneous bleeding, especially into the muscles, joints, or
internal organs. Approximately one in 5,000 males born in the United
States has haemophilia.