Whether you’re new to Jasper or have been a Jasper member for some time, we want to help you take full advantage of the features Jasper offers to support you during cancer care.
There are a variety of ways Jasper can help, including:
- Acting as a central location for managing many elements of your care or a loved one’s care in one place
- Making it easy to share information with friends and family involved in your care
- Helping you stay on track with important elements of your treatment, like medications, lab work and appointments
- Offering ways to track how you’re feeling day to day to reveal useful insights and trends
- Providing personalized guidance and content to support you through every stage of your journey
- Connecting you with real human support when you need it, through chats and video sessions with our experienced oncology social workers
Let’s take a deeper dive into what you can do with Jasper.
Features of Jasper Health
Jasper includes a range of features designed to ease the burden of managing cancer care. Kevin Shaw, the founding designer of Jasper Health, explained, “It helps you keep track of the things you already know about, but it also helps you plan for the things that you may not have considered—the things that you may not have thought about as it pertains to your care.”
Let’s break down how this works in more detail by looking at specific elements within Jasper.
The Home Page in Jasper offers a look at what’s on your schedule for today. This includes a rundown of any appointments by the hour, as well as personalized recommendations. The recommendations are tailored to your specific diagnosis, treatment and information you’ve entered in the daily trackers for Mood and Symptoms & Side Effects. From the Home Page, you can also see appointments coming up soon. Visit your Jasper Home Page now to see your schedule and recommendations
Cancer typically comes with many appointments and other to-do items you’ll need to remember. These likely include visits with your oncologist and primary care provider, lab work, and treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. You might also visit other specialists, like a mental health professional, dietitian or others. You might take regular medications and supplements. Jasper’s Smart Planner allows you to organize all of your cancer care appointments in one dedicated space, along with medications and other to-do items.
Jasper also makes recommendations for actions based on your profile. “This is the smart part of the smart planner,” Shaw explained. “If you tell us you’re about to start chemotherapy, we’ll say, ‘Hey, you should consider making a dentist appointment, because once you start chemotherapy your teeth are going to be sensitive, so you should consider doing this beforehand instead of while you’re getting treatment or after the treatment.’”
Jasper also recommends tasks like coordinating with your insurance company and ordering groceries ahead of a treatment—things that are important for managing day-to-day life with cancer, but that your healthcare team may not mention.
“When you’re going through treatment, those really basic lifestyle things can sort of fall off the map,” Shaw said. “It’s really important to keep them top of mind because preparing for those things can actually help your care in the long run.” Taking care of yourself in these seemingly small ways matters. Keeping up with these everyday needs can reduce stress and help you eat and sleep better, supporting your health and quality of life. Check out your Smart Planner to manage appointments and medications, and to see your to-dos
When you start using Jasper, your recommendations will encourage you to enter all the medications and supplements you’re taking into Jasper, including dosage and schedule. Jasper will integrate this into the Smart Planner, which can help you ensure you take everything according to your healthcare team’s instructions. You can track what you’re taking by marking a scheduled dose as taken, skipped or rescheduled. This creates a record that you can refer to during appointments with your healthcare providers when discussing medications and supplements. Visit the “Profiles” section to manage your medications and view your medication history
Jasper encourages you to track Symptoms & Side Effects and Mood using daily tracking tools for those items, accessible from the Home Page. You can also easily track biometrics like blood pressure, temperature, weight and heart rate, and Jasper now offers integration with Fitbit, which track other measures like daily step count and sleep.
Tracking this information can help you provide more clear, thorough and accurate information to your healthcare team, Shaw explained, “so that if a doctor asks at an appointment later on, ‘How did you feel after going through that chemotherapy treatment?’ you can say, ‘Oh, here’s how I felt on those days,’ and you can literally point to it.”
If you track your Medications in Jasper, you can compare records of what you’ve taken against any Symptoms & Side Effects you’ve tracked and discuss any potential medication-caused side effects with your healthcare team.
The trackers also offer insights and reveal trends based on what you’ve reported. Sometimes incremental shifts in how you feel are easy to overlook, but Jasper can help you recognize trends early and make a change or consult your healthcare team before a potential problem worsens.
Shaw explained how the information you enter in the daily tracker can help Jasper make more personalized and useful recommendations for you: “If you’re always feeling fatigued after a certain appointment, then we can highlight that for you and say, ‘Hey we’re seeing this trend, you should maybe talk to your doctor about this,’ or ‘Here are some mitigation strategies for fatigue.’ So we can basically understand where people are and what they’re experiencing and make really smart recommendations for them on how to handle that experience.” Start tracking symptoms, side effects, and mood—and then view your tracking insights here
Jasper gives you a convenient way to share information with people involved in your care, by adding them as members of your Care Team. This feature allows your Jasper account to act as a “centralized resource to stay on the same page,” Shaw explained.
Care Team members can access information you’ve included in Jasper, but only what you choose to share. For each member, you can control what they see and what’s kept private. So if you don’t want a friend to see the side effects you’ve tracked or you’d prefer not to share medication information with a certain relative, it’s easy to provide just the level of access you want. Invite someone to join your Care Team now
Jasper’s content Library offers information about what to expect and guidance to help manage common issues during cancer and cancer treatment. Demystifying what’s involved in cancer care can reduce stress and anxiety during an already stressful time, so we provide useful, detailed, expert-reviewed information that helps you feel better informed and prepared. Jasper will recommend specific articles at times we believe they could be most useful, based on information you’ve provided about your treatment, diagnosis and how you’re feeling. You can also browse the library anytime you like. For a comprehensive perspective on a certain topic, check out our content Guides. These collect articles on similar subjects in one place and include themes like Cancer Diet and Nutrition, Managing Finances and Mental Health Management. Browse your personalized Jasper Library here
Our Care Coaches are a popular feature of Jasper. They are licensed oncology social workers available for personalized one-on-one support sessions. Jasper’s Care Coaches can help you use Jasper better, navigate practical issues of cancer care and connect you with other resources when needed. Talk to a Care Coach as soon as today
The Bottom Line
Jasper offers a suite of tools and services built to ease the journey for real people navigating cancer and cancer treatment as part of day-to-day life. We want you to be aware of all the resources available through Jasper, but it’s also important to note that there’s no one “right” way to use Jasper.
“You can use Jasper however you want to use it,” Shaw said. There are some advantages to using more of Jasper’s features, such as more personalized recommendations. However, members are finding many different ways to use Jasper that best serve their needs. Some people use Jasper to manage care for a loved one who isn’t a Jasper member. Some members have online accounts through a hospital system where they manage appointments, but use Jasper for its Daily Tracker and content Library.
Going through cancer and treatment for cancer is challenging, physically, emotionally and logistically. Jasper is built for you, and our whole purpose is to support you and, hopefully, to ease some of these challenges.