It seems like every day there are more and more healthcare apps available to smartphone or tablet users. But how do you know which will actually help you? Whether you are looking for a fitness tracker, a dietary tracker, a health record tracker, or even access to telemedicine, these 4 apps can get you well on the way to improving your health.
Fitbit is regularly ranked top on the lists of the best healthcare apps. Not only does a Fitbit fitness tracker give you helpful statistics you can use to improve your own health, but the data that Fitbit collects is also being used in early studies by the National Institutes of Health to help prove the effectiveness of fitness tracking devices such as this one. Their newest product isn’t just a fitness tracker, it is also a smartwatch. For those looking for a single device that acts as both a smartwatch and a Fitbit, you can’t go wrong.
My Fitness Pal
This app, owned by UnderArmour as of 2015, includes a database of over 5 million foods that can be added to your daily food diary. The My Fitness Pal app can allow you to keep a log of healthy recipes you’ve found as well as keep track of your weight loss through a dieting journal. Well over 200 million users are active on the My Fitness Pal app and UnderArmour also offers several other apps to better your health, such as Map My Run.
Telemedicine is becoming more and more popular. Via MDLive, patients can have immediate access to psychiatrists and counsellors as well as dermatologists or even a general medicine doctor. This is perfect for those who have transportation issues or even disabilities that make getting in to see the doctor in-person difficult. Not only is this cost-effective for patients but also for larger medical institutions that are now utilizing it. Medical institutions are finding that MDLive and other telemedicine apps are helping to improve patient care for the most dire cases and also reduce wait times for patients.
It is vital to have the correct medical information in many scenarios, whether you are seeing a new doctor that should know past medical history or you need to provide it in an emergency when headed to the emergency room. A medical emergency such as trauma, an allergic reaction, or even an infection can necessitate having accurate information quickly. GenieMD can allow you to quickly, and safely, input and retrieve your medical history. If you care for a child or an elderly family member with chronic conditions, GenieMD can help you to ensure their quick and proper care.
Cherry Street Pharmacy can help you to get the most out of these top healthcare apps as well as others when you need to stop in for an over-the-counter treatment or even if you need to discuss your current medications. Stop in today and speak with our on-duty pharmacist to find out how your medications can affect your health and how you can best utilize these tools.