Your patients are not just living longer – they’re living longer with chronic conditions. To make the best of it, they need to be empowered to look after themselves. It just so happens we have an app for that.

Practical Apps is dedicated to giving patients the tools they need to look after their health in collaboration with you, their primary care provider. On your behalf, here we take a critical look at mobile health apps to figure out which can actually help patients and which are just digital snake oil.

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Dr. Ed Brown, CEO of the Ontario Telemedicine Network,
on apps, chronic disease and primary care.

The Practical Apps Process


How we choose and review mobile health apps
for common primary health care topics.

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Dr. Payal Agarwal

Dr. Stephen Pomedli
Toronto, Ontario

Chronic pain is a complex experience, with multiple causes, variations in symptoms and many factors and treatment modalities that may better, worsen or not affect the pain at all. This can make monitoring and reducing pain quite challenging [1, 2].

The reviewed apps excelled in different ways: Manage My Pain and Chronic Pain Tracker are the notable tracking apps that have deep enough features and strong reporting functions to delve into the complexity of chronic pain and communicate this to physicians in an effective way that could impact management. Similarly, Pain Coach provides a bevvy of information and techniques to support self-management, while CatchMyPain has a strong online support community. Thus, each of these apps might help certain patients in different ways, whether by improving self-management between clinic visits, giving deeper insights into trends and associations or assisting doctors to better understand the complexity of the patient’s pain experience.


Practical Apps is a collaboration between the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) and the Women’s College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Primary Care (WIHV).

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