Dr. Smartphone: Apps & Devices to Track and Protect Your Health

Dr. Smartphone: Apps & Devices to Track and Protect Your Health

Range Govindan
Jun 4, 2012

The one thing that people are rarely without these days is their smartphones, which makes them quite a handy platform for all sorts of useful apps and additional devices, including medical ones — from a visual way of remembering to take your pills to health monitoring systems.

This app was designed by a registered nurse, and it's an easy way to remember which pills to take when. The nice thing about it is that it allows you to use visual cues to remember which pills you have to take. It's definitely useful for people who are taking a lot of medication or who tend to easily forget when to take the right pills. There are also lots of features that provide simple ways of tracking how you feel after taking your meds. It's available through iTunes for $0.99.

Nike Fuel Band
Unlike the problems of the Jawbone UP, the Nike Fuel band has had a quite successful run ever since it was released. It turns any physical activity that you're doing into a game, which is a smart idea since a lot of people are competitive by nature. The easy to use app makes it a good way of keeping track of all of your physical activities, not just your runs and bike rides.

Medical Encyclopedia
If you've needed access to a medical encyclopedia before, look no further than this free app. There's a wealth of knowledge available at your fingertips. It's not designed for professionals, but for consumers. It's definitely something interesting to have in your pocket. The only problem is that the app needs to be connected to the Internet to work.

Withings Heart Monitor
The Withings Heart Monitor is an add-on device that will transmit blood pressure information directly to your iPhone. The device is not yet available, but it's supposed to be released soon.

Epocrates allows you to quickly access reliable information on drugs and diseases, as well as diagnostic information. It's supposed to be the #1 mobile app used by US physicians, and apparently 50% of them use Epocrates to improve patient safety and increase practice safety. It's available for free.

iHealth Blood Pressure Monitor for iPhone and iPad
Unlike the Withings Blood Monitor, the iHealth Blood Pressure Monitoring System is already on the market and sells for $99.95. The device is comprised of a dock and a blood pressure arm cuff that work in tandem with the iHealth app. It allows users to monitor their blood pressure and heart rate, as well as sharing the results with their doctors.

Are you a health professional? Then Doximity is for you, because it's a way of leveraging a lot of medical knowledge through your smartphone. It's a way for doctors to interact with each other, and it's more than just social networking for medical professionals. It lets them connect with any US physician, including former classmates or residents. You can use your iPhone to send secure text messages, fax physicians and pharmacies, and more. The app is available for free.

Maybe Baby
If you're trying to conceive, then Maybe Baby will help you keep track of your fertility cycles. While it might take a few months for you to keep track of your period, the app definitely is a handy way of finding out when it's the best time to try for a baby.

Medical iOS Apps
Medical Monitoring Made Easy
Health Monitors for iOS

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