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

By Epilepsy Society, UK

  • Education and information
  • Seizure tracking
  • Medication tracking
  • Reports for sharing

Clinical review

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Available from

iTunes            Google Play 

Cost

Free

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 first aid instructions and step-by-step recovery guide are clear and helpful.

✘ 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.

✘ Hard to search for medication when adding to list; lacks medication reminders

✘ 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

✘ Lacks data visualisation or analysis (such as trends, or seizure activities before and after medication changes) at all, the reports are simply a list of the logged seizures. 

Privacy and security

The app has provision for users to record personal details such as name and date of birth. There is no password protection. The app does not appear to have a privacy policy. 

Review details

Date of review: August 2017
Platform reviewed: Android
Version: 0.2.0
Download size: 20.18 MB

References

The following articles are about apps for epilepsy

  1. Pandher PS, Bhullar KK. Smartphone applications for seizure management. Health Informatics J. 2016 Jun;22(2):209-20.
Credits: Editorial team. Last reviewed: 13 Dec 2017