Hey. You. Yeah, you with the phone!
Find yourself distracted by your phone? Well, I have some good news for you. The same device that distracts you can be beneficial and promote good health. Try downloading these 5 healthcare apps and tell me what you think.
1) Micromedex- (FREE)
This app is basically a pharm/drug reference book to-go. It has a complete database of both Canadian and US trade names. Has all the indications/contraindications, side effects, pharmacodynamics/kinetics and mechanisms of action that you need. They also have a Clinical Teaching section with prescribing pearls of wisdom.
2) iTriage Health- (FREE)
This app allows you to search your symptoms and find potential causes right in the comfort of your own home. It has different suggestions about treatments and qualified facilities and doctors in your area. If you also need ER services this app can provide the average wait times for particular hospital locations. In addition to that, this app includes the emergency numbers of physicians and nurse advice lines. Stay connected to a real nurse rather than an answering machine.
3) Drugs.com- (FREE)
Need reliable information about certain medications? There is an app for that! You can personalize your own drug list and keep track of your current and past medications. This is extremely beneficial not only for your knowledge, but also for other physicians. When you get a check-up a majority of the physicians ask, ” are you currently on any medications” etc and all you have to do is pull out your phone and read off that list. It makes it easier and you don’t have to depend on your spouse/ parents/ loved ones to remember your medications. You are also able to use the search tool and browse through the drug database. In addition to that you can identify unknown pills by entering simple characteristics (ex. color, shape etc).
4) Diet Assistant -(FREE)
Want to manage your weight? Then, this is an app for you. It is your personal weight management app. It tracks your weight progress, you can add notes to your weight records and has amazing diet plans. You can start by choosing your diet plan from a variety of choices and adjust it according to you. An example of a couple diet plans are 1)weight loss 2) lower cholesterol etc. Pick the one you like and start today at no additional costs.
5) Health Tap- (FREE)
Need immediate answers from a doctor? Whether you’re on the road or at home, you can skip the waiting room and open this app. There are over 50,000 real doctors in 137 specialties that contribute to several discussions that you might have questions about. This app has different health tips from certified doctors and also a doctor database that you could use.
Are you ready to take your health to another level?
Here is more information on different types of healthcare apps.