Colonoscopy Helper Korean
- June 24, 2014
-- The Colonoscopy Helper, the best-selling smartphone app that assists colonoscopy bowel preparation, is now available in multiple languages. Although many have already benefited from this app, until now those who do not speak English have been unable to benefit from this app. In truth, the utility of medical app like Colonoscopy Helper is universal, and certainly beyond the confines of borders. In its attempt to extend the benefit of this very useful app to as many individuals undergoing colonoscopy as possible, Colonoscopy Helper has just launched a multi-lingual version that encompasses English, Spanish, and Korean, with plans for additional languages.
The current version of Colonoscopy Helper has multiple languages conveniently configured inside the app, without a need to manually select a particular language. In fact, the app is programmed to automatically detect the primary language of the user, and provide guidance in that language. Inside this smartphone app, there are 13 reminders, spread over 10 days including timely reminders before and after the procedure. It provides guidance with illustration, text and audio directions in appropriate language to ensure that the colon is optimally cleansed and ready for the examination. It also reminds the user which medication(s)
may need to be held or dosage adjusted, before and after the colonoscopy. The Colonoscopy Helper even alerts to important symptoms following colonoscopy that may require a prompt medical attention. The complex and often cumbersome preparation for colonoscopy is made simple and almost effortless!!!
Dr. Paul M. Choi of the Los Angeles Endoscopy Center (http://www.laendo.net/
) who served as the consultant for the development of this app notes that “The bowel preparation is perhaps the single most important step in attaining an ideal colon cancer screening. We believe that this app will facilitate the cumbersome and intricate steps necessary to optimally prepare the bowel so that everyone can achieve the best possible colonoscopy examination. We are extremely pleased to be able to be able to begin providing this app to other non-English speaking audience.”
Everyone over the age of 50 is currently recommended to undergo this important examination due to the high incidence of colon cancer, and effectiveness of colonoscopy screenings in preventing colon cancer-related death. Although millions undergo colonoscopy to detect colon cancer in the U.S., every year there are still up to 6 million individuals who do not elect to have this potentially life-saving examination. In fact, nearly twice as many still die annually from this preventable colon cancer in the U.S. compared to motor vehicle accidents.
In real life, many often delay this important colonoscopy test due to the difficult, but necessary bowel preparation. In preparing for colonoscopy, there are many required steps that one has to follow including avoiding certain food, remembering to fast before the examination, and determining when to take bowel cleansing medications at various time intervals. In fact, these steps can often be confusing and difficult to remember. Unfortunately, when these steps are not carefully followed, the bowel is likely to be inadequately prepared, making it difficult for the performing physician to provide accurate examination. In fact, it is not uncommon to repeat this arduous examination process, simply because the bowel prep was “inadequate.”
It is also essential to be aware of which medications may need to be held or dosage adjusted, before and after the colonoscopy. Finally, it is crucial to be aware of important potential adverse effects that may develop and for which symptoms the users should promptly consult their physician.