Dr. Gary Clayman of the Clayman Thyroid Center has teamed up with Haneke Design to develop a medical app that will educate patients in the analysis of their thyroid nodules
Thyroid cancer is the most common endocrine cancer and is one of the few cancers that has increased in incidence over recent years. Most patients develop a nodule, or lump, on their thyroid which typically does not cause symptoms, and over 90% of these nodules are not cancerous. However, when thyroid cancer does begin to grow within a thyroid gland, it almost always does so within a nodule. Because of this, it is important that patients are well informed of their diagnoses and are aware of what next steps need to be taken. Dr. Gary Clayman, in partnership with Dr. Jim Norman of the Norman Parathyroid Center, has selected Haneke Design to develop a new mobile app to do just that – educate patients in the analysis of their thyroid nodules.
“It has been a pleasure working with Drs. Clayman and Norman on this new mobile application, which we envision will help patients better understand their specific case and give them the knowledge they need for best care,” said Jody Haneke, CEO of Haneke Design. “This is the fourth app we have created in collaboration with Drs. Clayman and Norman, and we are thrilled to continue seeing the positive impact that these applications have on their patients as well as their business.”
The Clayman Thyroid 3D App uses specific medical data in order to provide a personalized analysis and then recommends what next steps need to be taken. The app requires a thyroid ultrasound or CAT scan in order for the app to work, and the more information the user provides the more accurate the results and recommendations will be. As the test results are added, the app produces a 3D model of what the user’s thyroid looks like and how it is growing over time.
By capturing information such as demographics, thyroid hormone levels, ultrasound findings, needle biopsy results, symptoms, occupational and other exposures, and genetic information from the nodule, the Clayman Thyroid 3D app will provide an assessment that is based on data collected from tens of thousands of thyroid nodule patients. Using this information, patients can make informed decisions regarding their need for further evaluation, monitoring or even surgery.
“Haneke Design’s expertise in building a mobile app of this kind is rare,” said Dr. Clayman. “They achieved extraordinary success in building the complex medical mobile application Calcium Pro with my partner, Jim Norman. In this new thyroid application, we are excited to have produced a product that will help inform and educate patients and transform their lives for the better.”
About Clayman Thyroid Center
Dr. Gary Clayman is one of the most experienced thyroid surgeons and arguably the most experienced thyroid cancer surgeon in the world. Dr. Clayman left the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in the fall of 2016 to form the Clayman Thyroid Center in Tampa, Florida. The Clayman Thyroid Center was developed through a partnership with the Norman Parathyroid Center – the world’s number one center for parathyroid surgery. By combining these tremendous talents and resources, Dr. Clayman has established the first interdisciplinary institute dedicated solely to the evaluation and surgical management of thyroid diseases and thyroid cancer.