/ 04 12, 2013
Haneke Design Creates Mobile App That Helps Uncover One of America’s Most Commonly Misdiagnosed Conditions
Haneke Design, a leading mobile applications developer, today announced the debut of the CalciumPro mobile application built for Norman Parathyroid Center. By analyzing a patient’s blood, bone density, and other test results, CalciumPro gives patients and their doctors a comprehensive understanding of the patient’s likelihood of having hyperparathyroidism. The app, which is available for download now for iPhone, iPad, and Android devices, is the first one of a series of mobile health applications the agency is developing for James (Jim) Norman, MD, an internationally renowned expert on parathyroid disease and calcium metabolism and head of the Norman Parathyroid Center at Tampa General Hospital.
“The CalciumPro app gives patients the opportunity to enter their personal data, lab tests, and scan results to analyze their calcium, vitamin D, and osteoporosis,” said Jody Haneke, president of Haneke Design. “Analyzing this data together with their doctors, patients can discover not only their likelihood of having hyperparathyroidism, but also their risks relative to osteoporosis, kidney stones, heart disease, heart rhythm problems, high blood pressure and certain cancers.”
Hyperparathyroidism – a disease that most commonly affects women over the age of 50 – results when the parathyroid glands develop tumors that produce too much parathyroid hormone (PTH). Since PTH controls the levels of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D in the blood and bone, excessive amounts leads to high blood calcium levels and loss of calcium from the bones, producing symptoms ranging from bone pain to chronic fatigue to kidney stones.
The CalciumPro app features five sections:
- My Data – provides fields for patient information and test results entry
- My Analysis – analyzes the patient’s data for the likelihood of hyperparathyroidism
- My Risks – displays five levels of risk ranging from “none” to “high” for six diseases related to hyperparathyroidism and high blood calcium
- Learn – offers rich resources on hyperparathyroidism for further education, including reading and video libraries
- Connect – includes a map with dots showing the prevalence of hyperparathyroidism
“Our mission was to give patients and doctors a better tool for understanding hyperparathyroidism,” said Dr. Norman. “We take care of thousands of patients annually with parathyroid tumors and the biggest frustration for both doctors and patients are the presumed difficulty in making the diagnosis and the lack of understanding of the risks of high blood calcium. This app addresses those problems directly.”
The CalciumPro app costs $5.99 per download. A companion web site, CalciumPro.com, is also live. It shows the app’s features and explains how they work.
The other mobile applications Haneke Design is building for Norman Parathyroid Center will be available for smartphones and tablets as well. Forthcoming medical apps will be designed for a detailed analysis of osteoporosis, vitamin D deficiency, and finally kidney stones. All of the apps will be released in multiple languages to improve the health of persons in nearly every country.
The apps will be among the most advanced medical apps released to date, providing patients with numerous interactive graphs that make understanding of complex medical issues quite simple. Dr. Norman and his team are uniquely positioned to take a leadership role in the development of mobile apps in this field, as they have amassed millions of pieces of data on tens of thousands of patients which will be exploited within the app software.
“The CalciumPro app has turned out exactly as we envisioned,” said Dr. Norman. “Haneke Design has made our dream of giving patients and physicians an incredibly valuable health management tool a reality. We are very excited about moving on to the next one.”
About Norman Parathyroid Center
Located in Tampa, Florida, The Norman Parathyroid Center is the world’s leading facility for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the parathyroid glands and hyperparathyroidism. Parathyroid.com is recognized as the leading authority on hyperparathyroidism, an illness caused by parathyroid tumors located in the neck which affect one in 1000 people, causing high blood calcium, osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, depression, and kidney stones, among other conditions.