Keeping up your health can be hard work — America’s rising obesity levels can attest to that. These days, we spend countless hours gawking at our smartphone displays, continually playing borderline-addicting games and watching videos that may actually have adverse affects on our health in the long run. However, your smartphone can also be robust medical accessory with the right intrigue and set of mobile apps.
There’s a variable swath of free and premium medical apps on the market, some of which allow you to better understand pharmaceuticals while others work to diagnose your symptoms and prep you for an unforeseen medical emergency. Below are a few of our current favorites for keeping you in the know. They certainly shouldn’t replace your routine trip to the doctor, but they might just make things a bit easier.
5 helpful medical apps
Micromedex is a simple pharmaceutical reference app with features such as proper drug dosage and medicine recommendations. You can search the name of a specific drug to find out how it should be taken, as well as any potential side effects. You can also search by ailment for drug recommendations that will combat your medical problem, from the standard fever to lice control. Micromedex is in-depth, yet simplistic, so anyone can quickly find what they’re looking for in a pinch.
For someone studying medicine, working as a medical professional, or just interested in medical news, UpToDate is a great way to keep track of medical advancements and news. You can look at the “What’s New” section to peruse headlines, or you can search for specific topics. Along with articles, UpToDate provides videos on medical procedures and allows you to email or bookmark any page, so you can start a conversation with a colleague or save it for future reference.
Johns Hopkins ABX Guide
A comprehensive reference app, Johns Hopkins ABX Guide allows you to search for information on medications and treatments regarding various illnesses. Plug in a drug and see a list of recommended dosages, side effects, and restrictions on behavior while you’re taking it. The app also offers evidence-based recommendations, giving you a better idea of whether a medication is right for your particular lifestyle. However, the best feature remains the comprehensive table that breaks down drug costs.
Red Cross First Aid
Accidents happen, and honestly, we don’t always know what to do when they occur. That said, the Red Cross’ official First Aid app provides simple step-by-step instructions to guide you through everyday first aid scenarios, whether talking asthma attacks or broken bones. It also supplies you with a host of infromative quizes and safety tips regarding natural disasters such as hurricanes, and given that it preloads all content in advance, you never have to worry about whether you have cellular service.
MyChart allow you to access your medical records on your phone at any time. You can quickly see which vaccinations you’ve had and when at a glance, along with the last time you visited the doctor and which prescriptions you’re taking. You can even send a non-urgent message to your clinic and receive a response within a couple days, schedule visits from directly within the app, and request prescription refills. Best of all, you can see all your information online if you can’t access it due to cellular outages.