CPT v3.1.1 is Now Available in the App Store

Our latest version of Chronic Pain Tracker was released to the App Store on June 27. This update focuses on addressing a few minor bugs. We advise all users to update to this version when convenient for them to do so.

We also wanted to mention that we really enjoy getting your feedback about the latest improvements to CPT, so thanks to all of you that have reached out following the release of the v3.1 version. If you are enjoying the new Tracker modules and improved performance of the app, please let us know. Also let the world know by posting an iTunes review of Chronic Pain Tracker. It’s all those great 5 star reviews that keep us developing more new features for you.

v3.1.1 Release Notes

✔ ADDED – Additional report file information (time since created & file size) to the Report Output Cache table

✔ FIXED – Intermittent database warning that could appear when adding or removing Trackers to a previously saved Diary Entry. This was seen as an error message popping up sometimes after saving an entry. This is resolved.

✔ FIXED – Support Request email now correctly differentiates between Lite and Full versions

✔ FIXED – Problem with certain views not reappearing properly after app is sent to background and then brought back to foreground. All views now properly display when returning to foreground.

✔ FIXED – Error during report generation caused by improper characters in Diary Name. We now check and filter those characters out when generating an exported filename that includes a diary name identifier.

Ensure Diary Security with Pattern Lock Feature

Diary Security made Simple

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Holding sensitive medical information in CPT makes Diary Security a valid concern. Our new Pattern Lock feature helps to control access to your Diary information, but without weighing the app down with cumbersome passwords or numerical codes. This feature is ideal for anyone having legitimate concerns about the confidentiality of their health information saved within the app.

It’s also perfect for moms and dads that let the little ones play on their phones by preventing inadvertent changes to your Pain Diary.

What is Pattern Lock?

What really differentiates this feature from other password or numerical code access systems is that it is so easy and quick to use. You don’t have to fool with a keyboard or numerical pad. And let’s face it. If diary security makes it hard to get into the app, you’re not going to use it. So we tried to make this as simple as possible.

Just use your finger to connect a series of points on the screen. The pattern that this traces out is your “password”. You can make the actual code as simple or as complex as you’d like.

If you suffer from arthritis or stiffness/pain in the hand, than this method of diary security is going to be much easier than typing out a password to get into the app.

Enabling Pattern Lock

To enable the Pattern Lock security, you need to go to the Settings tab, then choose Application Options, then Pattern Lock Setup. Follow the directions there to enable the diary security option. Once enabled, this is also where you will come if you want to disable the diary security.

Once enabled, the Pattern Lock screen will be displayed whenever the app is first launched AND whenever it comes out of the multi-tasking background. The correct pattern must be entered in order to gain access to the app, so don’t forget your pattern code!

New PDF report format perfect for your next doctor’s visit

One of the things we heard from our users was that although our HTML based report format was fine for reviewing data interactively on an iPad or computer browser, it really kind of stunk when it came time to print it out for a hard copy. Often graphs would be split across page breaks and it just wasn’t presentable.

PDF Report Export Now Available

Well that all changes now with CPT 3.1. Now you have a PDF format option that will just blow you away. It is a full color paginated collection of your Diary History and Summary Report data. And, it makes the ideal document for communicating your pain situation at your next doctor’s visit. Let’s take a look…

Summary Report

Let’s start with the Summary Report since this is probably the one you’ll most often take with your to your doctor’s appointment. Here are some screen shots of our sample PDF report. You can also download the actual PDF sample here.

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As you can see, the report contains a section for each type of Tracker module that was found within the range of Diary Entries. You do have the option to decide which Trackers are included or excluded in the final version.
Within each section, you will find one or more graphs or diagrams focused on that Tracker concept. For more information on each type of graph found, please have a look at our new Tracker summary pages.

All of the graphs and diagrams within the PDF report utilize vector based graphics wherever possible, so lines and type are perfectly crisp on your printed hard copies, and you have the ability to really zoom into the details if you’re looking at the PDF file on your iPhone, iPad or computer.

Diary History Report

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Here’s a sample page of the Diary History report in the new PDF format. As you recall, the Diary History report is simply taking all of your Diary Entry data and putting it into a chronological hard copy format.

You may not supply this raw information to your doctor, but for those that like to have a hard copy of their diary information, it’s an invaluable tool

Some things to take note of here are the Header & Footer elements of the page which contain key information like the patient name, reporting date range, page number, and when the report data was generated. This information will appear on each of the document pages.

Each Diary Entry will then be represented as a collection of Tracker module information blocks – much like the concept we use within the application. In the example, you can see that the first Diary Entry on this page is for March 27, 2012 at 8:15AM. You can then see the various Tracker blocks containing the details that were input by the user.

In most cases, the information is represented textually, although we do use graphical elements for certain Tracker modules. For example, the Pain Location Tracker shows a reduced size body model with your documented pain locations. We also use a much larger color coded font for the Pain Level value since it is a very frequently cited value.

If you’d like to see the actual PDF sample file for this Diary History report, you can find it here.

CPT v3.1 is now available in the App Store

Attention Chronic Pain Tracker users: We’ve just posted a great new version of CPT in the App Store and we advise all current users to go ahead and update to this version. This release is applicable to both the Lite and Full versions of Chronic Pain Tracker. Both versions include the features described below.

CPT v3.1 requires iOS 5.0 or above.

Release Notes

So, what’s new in this version? Quite a bit actually. Here’s the release notes for the version…

    • ADDED – Pain Onset Speed Tracker – customizable range of descriptions to describe the onset speed.
    • ADDED – Pain Duration Tracker – customizable range of descriptions to describe the duration of the pain.
    • ADDED – Other Symptoms Tracker – customizable list of non-pain-related symptoms that you might be experiencing.
    • ADDED – Milestone Tracker – mark key dates (eg. surgeries, medication changes, etc) that will be displayed on all date based graphs to help identify those key dates and how they relate to your pain.
    • ADDED – Bowel Movement Tracker – Track type & quantity of bowel movements based on the Bristol Stool scale.
    • ADDED – New Pain Painter template for migraine sufferers
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    • ADDED – PDF based reports. Now create beautiful paginated PDF reports that can be printed, exported or viewed right on your device. (Note: the HTML based reports are also still available in the app)
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    • ADDED – App Access Security. Using an easy to use “visual password” mechanism, you can prevent unauthorized access to the application and your health data.
Pattern Lock Security
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  • ADDED – Diary Entry import/export options. Allows you to define a date range to collect and export a range of Diary Entry data to an external file format. This external file format can also be imported back into a Diary. Useful for moving records between Diaries or for long term archiving of older data you may not want to track directly within the app.
  • ADDED – New default setting for reports to automatically “Refresh” whenever they are loaded. This seems like it will be a better default workflow for most users. We have made this setting switchable though for those that want to continue manually refreshing report data.
  • ADDED – For newer users, more help tips throughout the app and easier to understand button names in certain locations.
  • FIXED – Many, many improvements to the app’s underlying architecture for improved stability and performance.

Installing the new version

To install the new version, you just download it from the AppStore as you would any other update. The first time you run the new version, it will need to adapt your diary database structure and will require a couple of data updates. These are processes only require you to tap a single button, so it should be a simple process. Once that’s done, your app will start up as usual.