An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but Apple's iPhone is increasingly keeping the doctor even further away.
Apps for smartphones and tablets are changing the way doctors and patients interact, giving both sides more diagnostic tools like monitoring blood pressure and glucose levels, to detecting skin cancer. While these applications aren’t designed to replace doctor visits and treatments, they empower users to be more involved and better monitor their health. With that in mind, here’s a look at five mobile apps and gadgets designed to help both the doctor and patient.
For $99.95, users can measure and track their blood pressure and heart rate from home using their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. The iHealth Blood Pressure Dock comes with a blood pressure arm cuff and a battery-charged portable dock that also acts as a charging station for all three devices. The blood pressure and heart rate data is sent to a companion app that lets users track, graph and share results.
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Nothing will replace a visit to the eye doctor, but the vision app from AppZapp is designed to identify potential problems and give eyes necessary exercise. The app costs 99 cents and includes a series of eye tests including the Visual Acuity Test, the Ishihara Color Vision Test, the Face Memory Test and the Visual Field Test to name a few. In addition, there are a series of eye exercises that the app developer claims will keep your eyes healthy and reduce eye strain.
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Based on the First Aid Emergency Handbook, iFirstAid is an iPhone app that promises up-to-date first aid information. The app includes first aid information and medical procedures on a slew of emergency situations including bleeding, choking, bites and stings. The app is free for a lite version, and $2.99 for the full version. The app also includes quick links to call emergency numbers and region- specific information.
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For most expectant moms, pregnancy is a combination of joy and fear. Monitoring your baby’s heartbeat in between doctor’s appointment can be a source of comfort and exhilaration, but renting a home-based fetal heart rate monitor is expensive. Brought you by Matis Inc., the My Baby’s Beat app, which works with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, costs $3.99 to download and gives you the ability to hear your baby’s heart beat using the device’s built in microphone and regular headphones. The app is designed for expectant moms that are 30 to 40 weeks pregnant. Keep in mind that chances of hearing the heart beat with this app are slim before 30 weeks.
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Catching skin cancer early on is extremely important for successfully treating it. Hectic schedules are a top excuse when it comes to why people don’t get moles checked regularly, but the Skin Can app can help with that and it only cost $4.99 to download the app to your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
The app allows users to take a picture of the mole from a distance of about six or seven inches and then move and scale it. Then, users press the USE button, and the picture is sent for analysis through the Skin Scan assessment algorithms. The app can see if the mole has abnormal development and let you know if your need to see a doctor. The moles are classified into different categories, and users can archive each analyzed case.
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The saying used to go: An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but in the age of the iPhone, all you need are apps.