A smartphone application developed by the University of Liverpool to help healthcare professionals to safely prescribe medications for HIV patients has won an international award.
Healthline has awarded Liverpool HIV iChart Best HIV/AIDS App of 2016.
One of the fastest growing health information website sites Healthline attracts more than 40 million visits per month. Their editors carefully selected the application for the award based on quality, usability and contribution to the community.
Developed and maintained by researchers at the University’s Institute of Translational Medicine, the Liverpool HIV iChart provides a comprehensive drug interaction resource, which is freely available to healthcare workers, patients and researchers across the globe.
Many drug combinations have the potential to interact and this can affect patient safety or the effectiveness of treatment. For this reason, some drug combinations should not be given at all, while other drugs may be used together with caution.
The application and website (www.hiv-druginteractions.org) provide a guide to interactions that may occur between different HIV drugs and over 600 co-medications that a patient may be prescribed, as well as recreational drugs and herbals.
The smartphone app has been fully optimised for both Android and i0S and can be downloaded for free from the Apple store and Google Play. To date it has been downloaded more than 64,500 times.
Professor Saye Khoo, University of Liverpool’s Institute of Translational Medicine, said: “Mobile and web apps are revolutionising healthcare. We are delighted to have received such a prestigious award which is much deserved. It is great to see our application being recognised internationally for our innovative work.”
A Healthline.com spokesperson, said: “We want to honor those who are helping people with HIV/AIDS, and their healthcare providers, make educated choices about their treatment paths.
“People are not interchangeable, and we are very pleased that there is an app available that can help make sure that HIV/AIDS treatment never takes a cookie cutter approach.”
For more information please visit: http://www.hiv-druginteractions.org