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My Daily PACE Mobile Reminder Tool Available for People with Ulcerative Colitis
Date:4/2/2013

NEW YORK, April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM) and DKBmed, LLC, have collaborated to create My Daily PACE, a mobile phone-based tool designed to help people with ulcerative colitis remember to take their medications and to track their symptoms. The tool is part of PACE UC: Persistence, Adherence, and Compliance Education in Ulcerative Colitis, an educational program created by JHUSOM and DKBmed. People with ulcerative colitis are encouraged to sign up for My Daily PACE, a free service that can be accessed by visiting http://www.mydailypace.org.

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The first symptoms of ulcerative colitis (UC) are progressive loosening of the stool, abdominal pain, and changes in bowel habits, which can become quite difficult to tolerate in patients with severe disease. There are multiple types of medication for UC, ranging from drugs that reduce inflammation to those that alter the immune system. These medications need to be taken every day. But as few as 40% of patients with mild to moderate UC take their medication as prescribed, raising their risk of UC "flares."

My Daily PACE offers users the following features:

  • Daily text message reminders, which the subscriber can receive at a specified time
  • The ability for the subscriber to text back how he or she is feeling
  • Tracking of symptoms, which the user can choose to share with healthcare providers and/or family members

"Ulcerative colitis must be treated every day for life. A tool that can remind patients to take their medication is highly valuable and has the potential to enhance their quality of life by helping them manage their symptoms," explained Dean Beals , President and CEO of DKBmed.  PACE UC educator Steven Ross Brant , MD, Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Meyerhoff Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine helped develop the symptom tracking function for both patients and doctors. With the patient's permission, clinicians can log in and track their patient's symptoms and measure adherence.

My Daily PACE is private. All data that a patient enters into My Daily PACE is encrypted, and only he or she can access it and decide who else can view it.

The program is supported by an educational grant from Shire Pharmaceuticals.

About DKBmed

DKBmed is an integrated, non-accredited, continuing medical education company operated by a team of experienced medical education. The goal of DKBmed is to provide health care professionals with effective medical education that closes identified knowledge/practice gaps to ensure optimal patient care.

Working with accredited providers, DKBmed develops a range of innovative educational programs and specializes in bringing new adult learning methodologies to the CME landscape. DKBmed was an early adopter of utilizing case scenarios with recorded and live actors, 3D animation, webcasts, podcasts, e-mail, and mobile phone applications for clinicians and patients. These forward-thinking approaches enable users to learn using the latest state-of-the-art techniques and to access educational programs in a manner that is most convenient and appropriate for them.

DKBmed's programs are accessible through the company's web site (www.dkbmed.com). They reach more than 30,000 clinicians specializing in a variety of areas, including neonatology, cystic fibrosis, infectious disease, dermatology, macular degeneration, rheumatoid arthritis, pulmonary disease, nephrology, hematology, transplantation, multiple sclerosis, gout, ulcerative colitis, depression, and pain management.

Media Contact: Dean Beals DKBmed, 646-336-6495, dbeals@dkbmed.com


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