14-09-2015 | New RCSI MyHealth App provides easy access to credible health information

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Available today, a new app called RCSI MyHealth offers easy access for users to a credible source of health information. The app has been developed by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in conjunction with 16 of Ireland's leading charities including Epilepsy Ireland.

The app offers users the opportunity to discreetly search for information relating to specific health conditions and allows users to take charge of their own health. It also provides users with information on where to seek advice and support if they are living with a health condition.

With 86% of adults in Ireland now having access to an online device (1), the number of people turning to mobile devices to manage their lives is soaring. Recent research has found that one in 20 searches using Google was for health-related information and 81% of Irish adults had gone online seeking to self-diagnose, with 46% reporting increased stress or worry as a result of their search, which can often draw up the worst-case scenario for medical symptoms (2).

RCSI MyHealth can put an end to these worries. The app has four easy to use features which provides users with access to information about more than 800 specific health conditions. It also provides a very helpful list of health services in Ireland ranging from emergency contact numbers to support organisations and hospital details. It also carries the latest health news, calculates your BMI and links to important services like the Irish Blood Transfusion Service.

Professor Cathal Kelly, RCSI Chief Executive / Registrar said "Recognising signs and symptoms of disease is a very effective method of reducing morbidity and mortality. However when looking for health information, it is important for patients to seek information from a credible source. This app is useful for patients looking for health information and also for health professionals who are looking to provide supplementary information to patients on specific health conditions."

RCSI MyHealth is available free of charge in the Apple App Store and in Google Play.

Watch this video to find out more about the RCSIMyHealth app: https://youtu.be/SgxYwFDLFRw 

(1) Eircom Household Sentiment Survey March 2014

(2) Aviva Health Insurance survey carried out by Empathy Research from 26th January – 8th February 2015 among 1004 participants and is nationally representative of 18+ year olds living in the Republic of Ireland. It was quota controlled by age, gender and region.