A good healthcare app will help you bridge the gap between your own knowledge and your healthcare provider’s knowledge about your medical history. The convenience of our smartphones allows us to have a wealth of information and data at our fingertips, therefore, there’s no reason we should not allow health and physical well-being to be included in that body of knowledge.
While you don’t need to know everything, it’s certainly helpful to know enough to be able to have an intelligent dialogue with your healthcare provider. You’ll be able to ask better questions and have a better understanding of your own body and how different things affect your health.
In fact, it’s one of the best tools you can have against poor health.
These apps can help you build that knowledge and keep you up to date on the latest research and medical findings, with a few extra perks thrown in.
1. Medscape — This app is used by doctors, nurses, medical researchers and students; it can also be helpful to the average consumer who is trying to learn a little bit more about health-related topics.
Medscape provides information in the form of news articles, reference manuals and educational resources, all of which can be searched through from the home page.
It’s one of the more thorough healthcare apps available. Best of all, it is offered free of charge.
2. iBP Blood Pressure — The app costs 99 cents and requires a separate piece to actually check your blood pressure; however, the app itself is maintaining 5 stars after over 800 reviews, so it will be a worthwhile investment if you’re interested in checking your blood pressure at home.
It’s probably much easier, and possibly more accurate to check it at home on your phone than going to Wal-Mart and doing it.
3. RxmindMe — The full name of this tool is the “RxmindMe Prescription/Medicine Reminder and Pill Track”, and it does exactly that. This free app allows you to enter in multiple prescriptions and set up reminders that track when and how you should take your medications, as well as when they need to be filled.
You can also record when you took those pills, whether prescription or not, so you can have a record for your next doctor’s visit. A great tool.
4. WebMD — While the symptom checker can be kind of overwhelming and ambiguous, the rest of WebMD’s main app is highly informative. In fact, it is the most reliable medical app on the market right now. Just about every kind of medical information you could ever look for is housed in this app, which is designed to assist you in making medical decisions and to prepare you for consulting with your healthcare provider.
5. Visual Anatomy — Visual Anatomy is primarily an educational app that comes in both a free and paid version. The app showcases every part of the human body through pictorial anatomy, and does so with an incredible amount of detail. There’s even a section for quizzes, which adds to the educational value.
While it probably cannot completely replace an anatomy textbook, Visual Anatomy is still useful for students or even medical professionals who need a quick reference that’s easy to pull out and use in the event that we need a quick refresher on what the body’s major arteries are.
These healthcare apps are designed to make your life a bit easier when it comes to managing your health. In addition, medical professionals and care specialists will be able to have a reference of information right at their fingertips.
Virginia Cunningham is a freelance writer from Southern California who writes about everything from health and beauty to tech and gaming. As a wife and mother of three, she is constantly making sure that her family stays healthy.