Samsung using Android to fight breast cancer

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Cancer sucks. All variants of the scourge are terrible, but for women breast cancer is one of the worst.

Luckily, there are many resources being focused on curing and treating cancer. Today, Samsung announces a partnership with the American Cancer Society, and a company called Breezie, to support a pilot aimed at fighting breast cancer with specialized Android tablets. This pilot, called MyJourney Compass, will provide focused and relevant information to individual breast cancer patients.

“Samsung’s Galaxy Tab devices and KNOX security platform are essential to ensuring that patients are confident about the ease of use and the security of their personal data. The American Cancer Society’s curated and easily distributable custom content will share information about treatment options, updates from an online support group, and news about the latest clinical trials on a highly personalized basis. Breast cancer patients will now have access to all of the information they need to improve their health and achieve better outcomes”, says Samsung.

Chuck Westbrook, Senior Vice President, Cancer Control Programs and Services for the American Cancer Society explains, “The American Cancer Society is excited to collaborate with Samsung and Breezie to improve the quality of life of breast cancer patients by providing easy access to educational tools and resources as they transition from diagnosis to treatment and through recovery. In addition to hospital resources, American Cancer Society content including treatment options, information on managing the physical and emotional side effects of cancer, and connections to local and online resources”.

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Samsung shares the following patient benefits.

  • Patients in the pilot will have tailored information about their specific condition pushed out to them through the Breezie interface on their Samsung Galaxy Tab device.
  • Patients can monitor their long-term health and receive information on latest therapies and medical advances with just a few taps on their Samsung tablets.
  • Patients will be able to contact and collaborate with their medical team giving family members and caregivers the peace of mind knowing that their loved ones are getting the personalized care they need.
  • Patients will also have access to all apps available through the Android store using the Breezie interface

This partnership is really heartwarming. What makes it particularly impressive, however, is seeing the Linux-based Android operating system being used to save lives. Many people simply view tablets as means for Facebook or games, but here is an example of it being used to benefit humanity. Awesome.

What do you think of Samsung’s efforts to fight breast cancer? Tell me in the comments.

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