THE IDEA: TICKTRACKER
In July of 2017, 13-year-old Olivia was on vacation in Missouri with her family. While outside Olivia noticed a tick on her dog, Mo (short for Missouri). Olivia & her mom watched the tick start to burrow into Mo’s leg. They quickly found needle nose tweezers to properly remove the tick from Mo. As Olivia was removing the tick she asked her mom, “Is there an app that can show what ticks are around us?” That night Olivia looked online and found that currently there was no app to help track, report, and educate people about ticks. This gave Olivia the idea to create the TickTracker app to help keep everyone safe.
Olivia has suffered from chronic Lyme and co-infections since she was 6 years old. She is a Lyme advocate and the founder of The LivLyme Foundation.
ABOUT LIVLYME FOUNDATION:
LivLyme Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization supporting the work of researchers and scientists who are dedicated to finding the effective treatment for Lyme disease and ultimately finding the cure. LivLyme Foundation also provides assistance to children and their families struggling with Lyme Disease through education and funding.
We envision a world without Lyme. Working toward this goal, we will provide valuable resources to educate all, support those who are battling Lyme, and help develop the cure.
ABOUT LYME DISEASE:
Over 350,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year in the US. This equates to over 29,000 new cases every month, 959 new cases a day, 40 new cases every hour. As the fastest spreading vector-borne (tick-borne) disease in the US, the number of new cases of Lyme is 1.5 times greater than breast cancer and 7 times greater than HIV/AIDS. 200 children get Lyme disease every day, that’s 4 school busses of children a day diagnosed with Lyme.
The cost to treat Lyme disease is in excess of $1 billion per year, or approximately $3,000 per patient per year. But, the per-patient cost of treating PTLDS (Post Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome) can be in the $10,000 – $100,000 range. Most insurance plans only cover treatment for the first month, leaving the patient with out of pocket expenses for medication, supplements and treatment.
Another challenge that patients face is the rising cost of medicine. Doxycycline, an antibiotic routinely prescribed for treatment of Lyme disease, has increased from $.03 per pill to over $5.00 per pill since 2014. Many patients take two of these per day. Without help, some children won’t be able to get the medication they need.
The map will not re-center when selecting the location of the tick.
Ratings and Reviews
Love this idea
Only changes I’d love to see is options for other bugs known to carry Lyme since I can’t even add 2 infections since those were from a
mosquito and a spider and I was tested too and I had bands 18,23,24,31,34,39,41, and 83. This was from the mosquito. When I did the western blot it was negative completely 3x. Yet the CDC wants us to use that joke of a test meant for HIV and AIDS. They wouldn’t accept my cdc+ because it wasn’t from a tick. REALLY? Ticks are the least of our worries. Mosquitoes have killed more people than all wars combined. I’d like to see other bug options and an area for an explanation as to why you chose not to have treatment. Some can’t afford to and others passed away. Sadly. Again once I see those things I’d give this a 10
This app has great information about how to remove, test and treat tick bites. In future versions, I’d like to see a record of my personal tick reports related to my profile, with the ability to update information. I got my tick tested after I filled out this report, and now know the type of tick it is. But I can’t update the report I gave. Also, I’d like to be able to hover over or click other reports and see basic info about the type of tick that was reported in that location.
Easy to use, a valuble tool
Since we all carry phones, this is a great way to alert others of ticks and maybe prevent someone from getting bit and contracting Lyme Disease.
Ticks can be found in lots of places beyond the Northeast, so be on the look out.
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- LivLyme Foundation
- 69.6 MB
- Health & Fitness
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 14.0 or later.
English, French, Spanish
- Age Rating
- 12+ Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
- © 2021 LivLyme Foundation
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.