The release of the first and only Apple iPhone application developed for Type 1 Gaucher disease patients has been announced in the US.

The OnePath Gaucher App (I-Gau), introduced by Shire, is the first of a range of similar applications designed to help patients with rare diseases, and is free and ready for download at the iTunes Application store.

I-Gau allows patients to monitor the progress of their individual therapeutic goals by allowing them to enter data and track changes in disease manifestations, including hemoglobin, bone data, spleen and liver volumes, and platelet counts.

The application, which is compatible with any iPhone or iPod touch, provides access to personalised OnePath Case Managers and allows patients to communicate via email, one-on-one, with service and support representatives.

The application also provides patients with updates on news that is relevant to their condition and helps them to keep track of their treatment schedule, including physician and infusion appointments.

Shire plans to introduce the second phase of the iPhone Gaucher App for treating physicians in the US this summer.