Epilepsy Tool Kit app

An app developed by the Epilepsy Society, UK for caregivers and people with epilepsy wanting to keep track of their seizures and medication.

Epilepsy Tool Kit Basic features
  • No in-app advertising
  • No WiFi/Mobile data needed except for app updates and downloads
  • Data can be shared via email 
  • Has social networking options
This app is awaiting clinical and user reviews. If you are interested in helping with reviews contact sandra@healthnavigator.org.nz 

What does the app do?

This app provides users with information about epilepsy, how to manage it, anti-epileptic medication and what to do if someone has an epileptic fit. Users can also track details of their seizures (such as duration, seizure type, medication taken) and record information about their medications and set up reminders for taking them. The app allows users to share their health information with friends, family or health professionals. 

For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android) or iTunes (apple).

PROS ✔  CONS  ✘
  • Home screen has functions of the app organised into categories.  
  • Drop-down lists for seizure type and medications taken are customisable.  
  • Has links to Epilepsy Society for more in-depth information if required.
  • Includes first aid education component.
  • The seizure tracking and medication tracking features are not immediately obvious — appears hidden towards the bottom of the screen. 
  • Information section states that people should record details about what happens before, during and after the seizure but the tracking feature of the app doesn’t prompt users to capture this information.
  • App is UK-based so some information such as emergency phone numbers and some medication names  are not relevant to NZ users.
  • Seizure duration doesn’t record seconds, only minutes and hours.
  • Date of birth calendar is not easy to use
Date of this review: July 2017

References

The following references relate to articles about apps for epilepsy

  1. Pandher PS, Bhullar KK. Smartphone applications for seizure management. Health Informatics J. 2016 Jun;22(2):209-20.