Female health app develops tool to identify PCOS.
Female health app Flo has announced it has successfully developed PCOS Health Assistant, a digital self-assessment tool to help identify the risk of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).
PCOS is a health condition that impacts approximately one in 10 women of childbearing age and is the cause of 80% of anovulatory infertility cases, but it remains difficult to diagnose and is often underdiagnosed. PCOS Health Assistant, a digital self-assessment tool with a chatbot, interacts with women who have logged their period for at least six successive months. Flo’s algorithm detects a combination of symptoms that could indicate an increased risk of PCOS. Based on the results, it invites users to interact with the Health Assistant. If an increased risk is detected, it urges Flo users to visit their doctor. Finally, if users then indicate that their doctor diagnosed them with PCOS, Flo supports the user with follow-up information to help them manage the situation.
Dr Tahir Mahmood, chair of the standards of care and position statements group, European Board of College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, said: “Flo has a clearly defined thought process and futuristic approach to sharing knowledge – and knowledge is power. Flo’s interactive approach to assessing data prospectively can help to advise women on what they should be doing to better control their fertility, as well as certain medical conditions. Flo Health Assistant is user-friendly and I’m very pleased to be part of the development process, which is helping share women’s health knowledge for everyday use. All women can benefit from it.”
To drive awareness of PCOS, Flo this month will provide the PCOS self-assessment tool on-demand to all Flo users to help women discover if they have PCOS, and also bring peace of mind to others who may suspect they have it.
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