Whether it’s a symptom checker or a blood pressure monitor, consumers have access to a plethora of medical apps from their mobile phone. Here’s a look at some of those apps that help you stay on top of your health.
Built for iPhone, iPad and Android-based phones, the WebMD mobile app enables consumers to do a host of things including check symptoms, research conditions, look into drugs and treatments as well as provide a quick guide to first aid essentials. The app, which is free, also comes equipped with a pill identification tool that lets users identify prescription drugs and over the counter medicines by pill shape, color and imprint. As for the symptom checker, all users have to do is choose the part of the body that’s causing pain, pick symptoms and WebMD will provide a list of potential conditions.
Brought to you by Leading Edge Apps, the iBP blood pressure app, lets users track and analyze their blood pressure throughout the day. The app, which costs 99 cents and is available for the iPhone and iPad, uses color icons to show when a user’s blood pressure is normal, high or low. The app includes interactive graphs that display results by weeks, months, years as well as by time of day. The graphs also depict lows, highs and averages. Keep in mind that the app doesn’t measure blood pressure just has a place to store and input data.
iPharmacy, an app for both the iPhone and Android-based phones, outlines the side effects of certain drug and provides the correct dosage. The app, which costs 99 cents, consists of information on 7,000 commonly-prescribed, FDA-approved drugs. The app also details drug usage, administration, warnings and precautions. The app, which lets users save a list of drugs, provides information direct from the FDA.
Anyone with diabetes knows the importance of tracking their glucose levels, which is why the app Glucose Buddy is a popular tool to help manage diabetes. The free app, available for both the iPhone and Android-based phones, acts as a data storage utility that lets users manually enter glucose numbers, the amount of carbohydrates consumed, insulin dosages and activities during the day. The data can then be viewed online at glucosebuddy.com. The app also includes alarm like reminders so users don’t forget to enter data.
Text2Quit is billed as a personalized mobile coach that will help smokers through the quitting process. Text2Quit, which was developed by Voxiva in conjunction with The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, uses text messaging, email and online support to help users kick the habit. Users can complete surveys to receive advice on quitting, play games to fight cravings for a smoke and choose the best prescription or over-the-counter method to stop smoking for good. The tool works with any mobile phone through text messaging.
It’s not always feasible to make it to the doctor’s office for every cough and sniffle. Plus heading straight to your doctor can become costly. Here’s a look at apps that will help you maintain your health.