Introducing MyTherapy for RA: An Open Platform to Support People Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

With ‘MyTherapy for RA’ we are creating a dedicated and open support offering for thousands of MyTherapy users living with rheumatoid arthritis. Read what's coming, and how partners from life science and research can join in

Dan Brown Jun 30, 2022

Dan is a journalism graduate from the UK. He aims to make the complex topic of digital healthcare accessible for both patients and experts, using simple and concise language.

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On average, MyTherapy users are active in the app six times a day. This high level of engagement is a result of countless iterations and the continuous, close cooperation with people living with chronic diseases. This engagement stems from functionality that is designed to help people with any disease, such as managing medications, tracking symptoms, managing appointments, or collaborating with caregivers.

There is a second level of value for users that we are in a position to provide, which is supporting the needs that are specific to the disease that a patient is living with. With ‘MyTherapy for RA’, we are launching the latest in a series of disease-specific offerings within MyTherapy. You can learn more about our other programs here.

On top of MyTherapy’s functionality, ‘MyTherapy for RA’ provides additional content and tools specifically for rheumatoid arthritis patients – independent of the treatment that they may be on. Read on to learn why we have decided to specifically support people living with RA and how we are working with partners in order to ensure that each patient gets access to the education, inspiration, and tools they need.

MyTherapy for RA: Why?

People living with rheumatoid arthritis have a diverse set of needs when it comes to digital support programs. In addition to medication reminders, users may want to track symptoms and manage comorbidities. Others may want to understand triggers or find ways of making daily life with RA easier.

The ‘patient journey’, as it is often called in healthcare, is not so much a journey for those living with rheumatoid arthritis; it is simply the reality of daily life.

The life science industry operates patient support programs to assist patients in managing their disease. Some of these provide excellent support around a specific treatment. However, they struggle to provide meaningful support for living well with the disease; the broad spectrum of different support needs sums up to a massive unmet need. In addition, many people are reluctant to rely on industry-provided offerings.

As with other diseases we have designed programs for, we have thousands of rheumatoid arthritis patients as active users of our MyTherapy platform and have communicated with people living with the condition in the development of our app. Despite the abundance of digital tools on the market, the potential for simple yet effective support offerings remains largely unmet. We believe that it is time to break down the silos of traditional patient support programs and to instead join forces for a digital patient support offering of true relevance for almost any rheumatoid arthritis patient.

An Open Approach

‘MyTherapy for RA’ aims to fulfil the unmet need for support by putting the patient at the center. Users pick the tools, the education, and the inspiration that fit their individual challenges. At the same time, people can use the offering for managing comorbidities or other health-related needs – a clear departure from today's disease-centric or even product-centric support offerings.

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Additionally, ‘MyTherapy for RA’ is grounded in an open platform approach. By collaborating with partners from pharma, academia, and digital therapeutics, ‘MyTherapy for RA’ can provide tailored support and education for specific treatments and challenges at a quality and breadth that no single offering can provide. At the same time, ‘MyTherapy for RA’ retains all of MyTherapy’s core functionalities and keeps evolving with monthly updates.

How Partners Can Benefit from MyTherapy for RA?

Beyond supporting patients, ‘MyTherapy for RA’ opens the door to a range of new partnership opportunities for both the pharmaceutical industry and for research purposes.

Pharma and Biotech

Building a patient support and education app from the ground up is costly and time-consuming, and most offerings are hardly being used. Instead, pharma partners are deploying product-specific support modules within ‘MyTherapy for RA’, thereby immediately benefitting from:

Our in-house team of editors are experts in medical writing and behavior change and helps partners by translating messages into patient language that clicks and sticks. ‘MyTherapy for RA’ is for pharma companies who want to support their patients where they already are or are looking for sponsoring opportunities for (non-promotional) content available to all patients. Sounds interesting? Don't hesitate to get in touch.

Research and Digital Therapeutics

Throughout the development of MyTherapy, we have partnered with leading medical institutions such as Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin and Klinikum rechts der Isar der Technischen Universität München for research purposes.

Research partners can benefit from MyTherapy’s exemplary patient engagement to gain real-world insights into patients’ behavior and attitudes. MyTherapy’s userbase allows researchers to use qualitative data to analyze issues such as medication adherence, while surveys and questionnaires can reach the patient populations that matter to you.

Further, being ISO 13485 compliant, we can host medical device grade modules within ‘MyTherapy for RA’, e.g. digital therapeutics (DTx) of software for controlling medical device grade IoT devices.

What's next?

‘MyTherapy for RA’ is already available to MyTherapy users. If you are interested in taking advantage of the partnering opportunities available using ‘MyTherapy for RA’, please get in touch. ‘MyTherapy for RA’ joins the list of disease-specific modules running on MyTherapy, including those for multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, asthma, and HIV. Don't hesitate to reach out if you want to join us in redefining patient support in RA or any other disease area.