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This Week’s Best In Beta: Giving Chronic Illness The Flaredown It Deserves

This Week’s Best In Beta

Which startup is going to be the next big thing? Investors, bloggers, job seekers, and inspiring entrepreneurs everywhere are dying to know. Hundreds of startups enter private beta each month, and that’s far too many for any one person to keep up with. Fret not! Each week, I share some of the hottest new startups in this column, Best In Beta. Let’s discover the next big thing together!




Flaredown is an app for tracking chronic illness. It gives patients a space to record how they’re feeling, and it allows them to see a visual representation of how well treatments have been working over time – and both record and better understand the triggers of symptoms. It’s simple and brilliant.



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I’ve watched my mother struggle for years to manage the horrible disease Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s not to be believed how many different ways she’s suffered and how many treatments she’s tried (read: been subjected to). This tool would let her discern clearly what causes her pain. She could show her doctors exactly what her days look like with useful reports. It could help people like my mother prevent symptoms from flaring up and find the right relief quicker.


It’s exhilarating to think about what we could do if we go to the minimal trouble of building a concrete record of our health – pinpoint ailments, monitor recurring trouble, not to mention put a stop to feeling hopelessly at the mercy of chronic conditions.


We each have access to comprehensive data concerning our health, but we haven’t had the means to take advantage. Flaredown lets us see ourselves with certainty and use data to get a handle on our health problems.


Discussion boards and visual comparisons of things like the effectiveness of medicines with other patients might also help push treatments beyond testing & theories toward better care. Flaredown works for all chronic conditions and has special check-ins for Crohn’s Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis. After a wildly successful Indiegogo campaign – the project was 136% funded – plans are in the works to address additional illness and to help patients track multiple conditions.


Can’t wait to see the good that Flaredown unleashes. To join the effort to decode chronic illness, visit


Photo Credits

Flaredown | Murray Barnes

Author : Keith Liles

Keith Liles is a freelance writer who loves travel, music, wine, hiking, poetry, and just about everything. He practices saying "yes" to life vigorously, rehearsing for the phone call when he's asked to tour with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Follow Keith on Twitter @KPLiles.

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