New app for pollen allergy sufferers
Pollen season: The new app called Ally Science has been designed for the two million or so allergy sufferers in Switzerland
Bern University of Applied Sciences (BFH) and University Hospital Zurich (USZ) are launching the free smartphone app Ally Science on the 24th of April 2018. It forms part of the largest ever scientific study into pollen allergies to be carried out in Switzerland. The app, which was devised at the BFH in Biel and is available in all four national languages and English, enables users to keep an allergy diary with minimal time expenditure, to check pollen count forecasts and, as part of the app community, to generate a real-time representation of the increase in allergy symptoms in the different regions. The health-related data recorded via the app and used in the USZ study in anonymised form will also contribute to important new discoveries that could improve forecasts/early-warning systems and therapies for people with pollen allergies. The data is stored on the secure MIDATA IT data platform. Every user is given their own private account and can individually decide whether and to whom they want to grant access to their anonymised data for further research purposes. The app was developed by ELCA Informatique SA.