Apple highlights success of CancerAid, in its App Store
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- May 31st 2017
- 3 months ago
- Rod Chester
- From: News Corp Australia Network
APPLE today has marked a major milestone for its App Store by highlighting the success of an Australian-built app used around the world by cancer sufferers.
The Cupertino-based tech giant today announced that app developers had earned US$70 billion (A$95 billion) since the App Store was launched in 2008 as something of an afterthought following the launch of the iPhone the previous year.
In announcing the milestone today, Apple highlighted a selection of popular apps including Pokemon GO and the Aussie-made CancerAid
Two Sydney cancer doctors, Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh and Dr Nikhil Pooviah, developed CancerAid to help patients better manage their illness and treatment.
CancerAid is the top cancer app in Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States and has been used by more than 30,000 people in 24 countries.
Dr Nikhil Pooviah is one of the founders of the CancerAid smartphone app. Source:News Corp Australia
The app provides the patients with verified information about their illness and their treatment plans. Patients can use the app to store their medical records, track their symptoms and manage their medications.
The founders recently launched two world-first research studies through the app one looking at the impact of nutrition linked to readmission rates and the other, working with CSIRO, looking at how having a champion for sufferers can improve the quality of life for both the patient and carers.
Apple is celebrating some of their apps’ milestones. Picture: Getty Source:Getty Images
The doctors turned app developers say the long-term goal it for CancerAid is to expand it to other areas including rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Apple today said downloads from the App Store had grown more than 70 per cent in the past year, with Photo and Video apps being the most popular category.
An analysis of the photography social media site Flickr shows the iPhone is the world s most popular camera.
Today s App Store update comes just a few days before the WorldWide Developers conference in San Jose, where Apple is expected to release new operating for iPhones and iPads, Macs, the Apple Watch and Apple TV.
Dr Nikhil Pooviah, from the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse cancer centre is one of the founders of the CancerAid smartphone app.