Medical apps for the iPad and other mobile devices are revolutionizing healthcare.
If you suddenly come down with some inexplicable illness, traditionally you would go to a family doctor to find out what’s wrong. They’ll prescribe you medicine or put you on some sort of regimen to help you get better, and that’s that.
Sometimes the advice your doctor gives you is common knowledge (i.e. Drink plenty of fluids if you have a cold, take acetaminophen to reduce fevers, and so on), and sometimes they identify some key element of your sickness that you overlooked or something that you weren’t aware of.
Either way, a trip to the doctor’s office (plus costs for prescription medications) can set you back a pretty penny. Some people try to avoid the requisite doctor’s office visit by turning to trusted medical resources on the web or on their smartphone.
Today I’d like to talk about the latter option, as the healthcare and general medical app industry has been booming lately. There are health apps that perform all kinds of amazing functions that we never would have dreamed of only a few years ago.
I’m not saying that medical apps can or should substitute for a visit to the doctor or a trip to the hospital, but sometimes they can help guide a person’s decisions regarding their immediate health.
There are many reasons to consider this stunning medical app.
First of all, EyeDecide is one of the few apps consistently ranked as one of the best in its category by numerous health and tech blogs.
Secondly, EyeDecide is free, which is impressive considering the range of material that if offers on eye health.
EyeDecide was developed by Orca Health, a company noted for its many professional level health apps.
The app offers a wealth of information about eye health, divided into three sections: anatomy, condition, and “find a specialist.”
The anatomy section includes detailed 3D diagrams of the human eye and its various parts.
The condition section has diagnostic information about potentially dangerous eye diseases and disorders like pinkeye, glaucoma, and cataracts.
The “find a specialist” section helps you locate a capable eye specialist in your area.
Healthy Habits won the 2012 Surgeon General’s Healthy Apps challenge, so you already know that it’s a good investment.
This app is more about preventative maintenance, helping users keep up a healthy lifestyle so their bodies remain resistant to illnesses. In essence, Healthy Habits is a platform for users to encourage themselves as they change bad habits and start new and healthier ones in their place.
The app has an easy to use interface where people can set certain goals to achieve or stop habits and track their progresses as they go on to meet those goals. The app gives you helpful reminders to help you stay on point, whether that means exercising more regularly or avoided fatty foods.
We all know WebMD as the go-to site for detailed information concerning just about any illness or troubling symptom.
Well, WebMD has an equally impressive app for smartphones, and it has everything that the normal WedMD site offers and more.
You can use the WebMD app (free) to research potential illnesses, check out the details behind certain prescription drugs, and even read doctor’s options on certain disorders, medicines, and medical practices.
It’s not a substitution for a doctor, but it’s a nice resource to have on hand just in case you ever want a quick answer to a health concern.