Novo Nordisk announced in February 2011 the creation of the first mobile application, available on both the iPhone and online, to aid in the diagnosis of bleeding disorders. Coags Uncomplicated features a Lab Value Analyzer allowing physicians to input test results and receive a list of possible diagnoses to consider, including a description of each bleeding disorder and the possible meanings of test results. The application also provides step-by-step suggestions for suitable lab tests to narrow potential diagnoses.
Coags Uncomplicated was developed in partnership with Craig Kessler, MD, Professor of Medicine and Pathology and Director of the Coagulation Laboratory, Georgetown University Hospital, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Coags Uncomplicated was created to meet a need identified by U.S. market research that some specialists do not diagnose the presence of a bleeding disorder in patients with abnormal clotting activity. The failure to recognize a possible bleeding disorder often leads to an overemphasis on the location of the bleed and too little focus on the cause. These findings were presented at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL, on December 6, 2010.
“While physicians are increasingly using hand-held devices to access medical information, no such tool has existed to help with the diagnosis of bleeding disorders, especially when getting to the correct diagnosis quickly may be critical,” said Eddie Williams, Vice President, Biopharmaceuticals at Novo Nordisk, Inc. “Novo Nordisk was pleased to collaborate with Dr. Kessler on this innovative approach to addressing an unmet need, further demonstrating our commitment to the bleeding disorder community.”
The Coags Uncomplicated app is available for free download at www.coagsuncomplicated.com. The application tools and additional information can also be accessed online.
Source: PRNewswire, February 4, 2011