Back when we were kids, it felt like my Mum knew all the answers for whatever ailment I was suffering. Now that I'm older (and a little bit wiser), I still find myself asking her for remedies every now and then. Our health is the most important aspect of our lives and going to a medical professional is your best bet. However, sometimes going to the doctor's office armed with information beforehand can be beneficial to you and your health practitioner...
Left: UMSkinCheck - Right: Pocket Check-Up
UMSkinCheck If you lead an active lifestyle or live somewhere with a lot of sun, it's a good habit to minimise exposure with shade or sun block. UMSkinCheck is a tool with the goal of educating users to give themselves skin cancer self exams. Created by the University of Michigan, this app contains a full body photographic library, informational videos, literature, and a melanoma risk calculator to help detect skin cancer early on. Free
Pocket Check-Up A more approachable version of a visit to the Doctor's office is the Pocket Check-Up app. Nine tests are wrapped up into one; heart rate, speech, vision, memory, color vision, astigmatism, intelligence, BMI, and personality are all put under the microscope. Created by doctors to deliver a convenient home health assistant, Pocket Check-Up is great for testing your health; however, be warned that it's still not a replacement for the real deal. $3
Left: Doctor Mole - Right: iTriage Health
Doctor Mole Star Trek tech-like touchscreen tablets and handheld computers are slowly showing up on the market. What's next, tricorders? Doctor Mole certainly makes the argument with the ability to scan moles using augmented reality. Simply point your smartphone camera at suspicious moles and Doctor Mole will use augmented reality technology to scan moles in real time, delivering an instant risk assessment based on mole asymmetry, border, color and diameter. Free
iTriage Health An essential app to have handy on your iOS or Android device is iTriage, which assists with all medical matters, no matter how big or small. Simply input the symptoms and iTriage produces potential medical conditions or potential causes for the sickness at hand. For bigger emergencies it will tell you exactly what type of doctor you need, the closest facility and even turn by turn directions to get you there. Free Also available for iOS
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Left: HealthVault - Right: Diabetes Manager
HealthVault Ever go to the doctor and feel like you're taking a test filling out the forms? Microsoft's own app is a database of family information with space for everything from blood type to insurance information and prescriptions. Having a well-organized family database reduces complications and is easy with HealthVault. Be informed, whatever the situation. Free
Diabetes Manager Smartphones are amazing for keeping vital information close by. Diabetes Manager helps users catalog and track blood glucose levels in a simple interface. Glucose data can be exported easily as an excel document to share with your doctor or viewed as a graph to see overall progress. Diabetes Manager is also a great motivation tool with the option of setting goals to reach for. Free Equivalent for iOS/Android
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