Barbados leads the way in Mobile Technology for Healthcare

{FILE IMAGE} Dr. Juliet Skinner, Head Clinician at the (BFC) Barbados Fertility Centre

Barbados Fertility Centre (BFC) has once again put themselves at the forefront of technology by launching The Fertility Appfor iPhone & iPad.

The app has been created to support every woman who has made the life changing decision to start a family covering everything from ovulation through to a positive pregnancy test.

Dr. Juliet Skinner, Head Clinician at BFC said. “We pride ourselves on offering our patients the latest in technology to help them conceive, when we researched applications available in the Apple store, we found that there were no apps from a fertility healthcare provider, so we set to work and are delighted to be able to share our knowledge with women across the globe.”

Infertility affects one in six couples worldwide, and if a couple tries to conceive for more than 12 months without success then they need to seek medical advice.

By developing an app to help women conceive BFC continues to put Barbados on the map with an international reach via the app store.

Veronica Montgomery, Marketing Manager at BFC said. “We launched the app last week at The Fertility Show in London and it was really well received. This week we have seen downloads from Australia to Russia with the majority of downloads in the US, UK, Canada & Australia. The beauty of this app is that it can be used by anyone who is trying to conceive and not just when they need medical assistance, but it also highlights to women the importance of seeking help sooner rather than later if no pregnancy is occurring naturally.”

The app has been designed to help women conceive with an ovulation calculator, which is connected to the calendar. This then syncs with the users device to send them alerts and reminders.

The user can add appointments and medications and there is a full medical glossary explaining all the medical terms associated with both male and female fertility. There is also a full description of pre conception supplements and medications and their effects on the body when trying to conceive.

BFC have also compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions from their patients and there is a healthy lifestyle section to improve a couple’s chance of success.

Within the Fertility App there is the opportunity to connect with BFC on Facebook & Twitter for daily updates from the medical team, they can also watch videos on the BFC YouTube channel and connect with other people trying for a baby in the patient support fourm –

If a couple have had no success after 12 months and need medical assistance they can also connect directly with the BFC medical team from within the app and request a consultation with Dr. Skinner or go directly to the BFC website for more information.

BFC is a JCI accredited centre of excellence for IVF treatment and is considered to be one of the leaders in the field of reproductive medicine with success rates as high as 71% for women under 35. These success rates are attributed to the cutting edge technology employed by the medical team combined with the relaxing option of undergoing treatment in Barbados. The centre attracts couples from across the Caribbean region, the US, UK & Canada but with the launch of the Fertility App they are now hoping to help couples from other parts of the world as well.

The Fertility App is currently available for iPhone & iPad but phase two and three in 2012 will see the app available for Blackberry & Android platforms.

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