Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Tips: Make the med reminders more persistant

"I sometimes miss med reminders because they disappear"
PD Life relies on notifications on your device in order to remind you when you should take meds, or perform other important tasks. With recent updates in iOS5, notifications have become a little more passive, since people were complaining about being annoyed by apps bugging them.

This is great for users who find the notifications annoying, but not so great for those of us who miss the odd reminder, or have lots of noisy apps amongst which the PD Life notifications can get lost. Banner notifications (the new default setting on your iPhone/iPad) will automatically dismiss themselves making it easy to miss them.

Thankfully there is a solution, and it involves changing the notification settings for PD Life to show an alert popup, instead of banner when it's time to take your meds.

To do this, simply:
  1. Tap Settings on your home screen
  2. Select the Notifications section
  3. Scroll down until you see PD Life, and tap it
  4. At the top, ensure Notification Centre is ON
  5. In the Alert Style section, select Alerts (CAUTION: Do not select None, as this will turn off ALL PD Life reminders)
  6. Scroll down and ensure the Bridge App Icon, Sounds and View in Lock Screen settings are all ON
After a while, notifications from PD Life will appear as alert boxes that need to be dismissed before you can continue to use your phone.

Thanks to Pamela G. for her feedback.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Tips and Tricks: Problems viewing Scheduled meds?

Version 1.2 introduced a bug for some users when viewing scheduled meds, plus people who haven't updated to iOS 5. If PD Life crashes (kicks you out to your Home screen) when trying to view your meds, then you can work around this in the following way:
  • Tap the Meds tab
  • You are usually taken directly to the Scheduled view, do NOT scroll the list
  • Tap the All button at the top to see the entire list and use this view instead
If your app crashes as soon as you touch the Meds tab, then you will need to wait for the update release that fixes this bug.

Version 1.2.1 is now with Apple being approved, and we expect it to drop into your App Store early next week. This release also makes the How do you feel screen work on devices running iOS 3.2 and above.

Apologies to anybody affected by these bugs, and thanks to everyone who helped us get to the bottom of it.

Together it seems we are able to make PD Life do what it needs to do, and this doesn't have to be limited to bugs. Please keep your feedback, comments and feature requests coming in (the best place for discussing them is our PD Life Facebook page.

Other fixes in this release include:
  • Fixed bug when deleting your own meds
  • Minor performance enhancements

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Feature Spotlight: Press and Hold

We take accessibility very seriously at PD Life which has lead us to introduce a new feature called Press and Hold. The feature is designed to assist less dexterous users in performing some of the more fiddly tasks in PD Life.

By touching (and holding) one finger anywhere on the screen, PD Life will automatically cycle through the various options automatically removing the need for precise touches or taps.

To start with we have introduced this feature into the How do you feel? tracker. PD Life automatically cycles through all of the available settings. The slider gradually climbs, then restarts and the ON/OFF switch toggles as you wait. You then release your finger when the desired settings are shown.

To see this in action:
  • Go to the Home tab
  • Select How do you feel?
  • Press and Hold one finger anywhere on the screen
  • After about a second, notice the automatic changes
  • Then just release your finger when you have the desired setting
We are interested in gathering your feedback to see if you think this technique could be employed in other areas of the app.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Getting Started with PD Life

Thank you for downloading PD Life

Now that PD Life is installed on your device, there is a little setup required in order to get the most out of it. We will start by setting up your med schedule.

1. Setting up your med schedule

Setting up your med schedule is PD Life is very important. Not only does it enable PD Life to be able to alert you when your meds are due, it also allows the app to monitor your adherence to the schedule, as well as track the effect the meds are having on you over time.

To add a med, select the Meds tab (at the bottom of the screen) and scroll through the list until you find your med. If you med isn't in the list, or if you prefer to call it something else, see below.

When you have located your med, tap it and you will be taken to the dose schedule for that med. Each med can have its own dose schedule, which can repeat any number of days and occur many times in the same day. PD Life will automatically group meds due at the same time into one alert to make taking meds very easy.

Select 'Mirapex' for this example, and tap Add a dose on the schedule screen.

PD Life asks for three pieces of information, the dosage (in milligrams), how often it repeats and at what time in the day you are expected to take the med. If your med doesn't repeat every day, PD Life will also ask you when you should take your next med (i.e. today, tomorrow etc.) so that it knows exactly when to alert you.

Set the time by sliding the rollers up and down and tap Done when you're ready, and you will be taken back to the schedule screen for that med.

If you take a med many times in the same day, you can easily add additional doses by tapping Add additional dose.

For example, if you need take a med three times a day, read our Tutorial.

Q: What if one of my meds is not in the list?
If something you take isn't in the list (or if you prefer to call it something else), you can add it using the Add button (located at the top right of the screen) on the Meds menu. Just enter the name of your med and click Save. You will then be able to add doses for that med.

2. Tell me how you feel

Part of the power of PD Life is its ability to track how you are feeling in relation to when you are taking meds. This information can be very useful for your doctor and potentially more useful when contributed to the anonymous data project (more on that below.)

The Tracker screen is made up of three parts. At the top is an ON / OFF switch where you tell PD Life whether you are on or off. Below that is a slider that allows you to give a little more detail about how you are feeling. You can just slide this with your finger to indicate whether you are feeling Very Bad (far left), Bad, OK (middle), Good, or Very Good (far right).

The bottom half of the screen is dedicated to tracking any Symptoms or Side effects you might be experiencing. Just tap the white boxes to reveal a list of common symptoms and side effects which you can tap to check and uncheck any that apply. You can also add your own using the Add button in the top right of the screen. To get back to the Tracker screen, use the buttons in the top right hand corner.

When you have updated how you are feeling, tap Save and get on with enjoying your life.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Tutorial: "I take Artane three times a day"

PD Life supports very complicated med schedules and recently Denny asked us on Facebook how to take a med three times a day.

In this example, we are going to tell PD Life that we take Artane three times each day.

Step 1 - Go to the Meds tab:
Step 2 - Tap the med that you take, in our example we will pick Artane:
Step 3 - Tap Add a dose:
Step 4 - Set the dosage and time and tap Done:
Step 5 - Tap Add a dose again, notice you can now set a different time (and a different dose for that matter):
Step 6 - After tapping Done, add a final dose:
Step 7 - You have now scheduled Artane to be taken three times a day:

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