Managing Your Health Over Your Phone Healthcare Apps

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Nowadays, in the era of mobile technology there is an app for everything, so it is only natural that there is a large variety of healthcare apps. In fact, for many aspects of health, whether it is sleep, mental health, pill consumption, pregnancy, chronic health conditions or first aid, there is a suitable app.
Benefits are numerous, both for the patients and the medical workers, such as cost savings and accessibility. However, there are also some risks, as there are apps, mostly related to mental health, that give harmful and dangerous advice or prevent people from getting proper treatment.
Of course, health apps are useful for everyone, but, for people older than 55 and pregnant women in developing countries they can actually be a life saver

Benefits of Healthcare Apps

Apps are not limited to one patient at a time, unlike doctors who are restricted to both one place and one patient. Over the years patients have been complaining about simple access to help and advice, as doctors are overloaded with patients and unable to help everyone. On the other hand, apps can provide immediate access to necessary help and advice, anytime and anywhere.
Doctors will have more time for patients who truly need help, as others will not waste health care provider’s time, because the patients can access valuable information and credible help through an app. Also, the patient will make their visits to the doctor more meaningful and productive, as by using an app, they can gather some information or receive help and encouragement.
Another benefit of health apps is that you can now schedule an appointment. Lybrate – online doctor consultations offers this service, which was not possible in the past. This is definitely the quickest and most convenient way to schedule an appointment.

Healthcare Apps Can Manage Your Medications

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As we are living in a fast-paced world full of distractions, it is easy to forget to take a pill or to take a double dose by mistake. This can lead to serious consequences, especially for people older than 55. Luckily, there are apps that can manage your medication intake, such as PillMonitor, Medisafe, MyMeds, Care4Today,Dosecast, and CareZoneMeds.
In these apps you can create a schedule of your pill consumption and they will remind you, with a text message, e-mail, push notification or a beeping sound, when it is the time to take one. They also have a variety of other features, such as measuring blood pressure, pulse, temperature, sending refill reminders.MyMeds will even suggest the best price for each medication nearby.

Healthcare Apps in Developing Nations

Health care is a major problem in developing nations, reasons being financial cost or inability to access proper care because of travel time. This is a big problem for pregnant women, as around 800 of them die every day from avoidable causes, such as severe bleeding, infections, high blood pressure during pregnancy, complications during birth and unsafe abortions.

There are several useful apps which can be very helpful both for mothers and health care providers. These revolutionizing apps are GiftedMom, Zero Mothers Die, maymay, Safe Delivery, MAMA, Mobile Midwife, Suyojana and Safe Pregnancy and Birth.

Some More Useful Healthcare Apps

People who suffer from chronic diseases such as asthma, COPD, heart disease, IBS or osteoporosis can use Health Mapper. This app tracks symptoms, medication, stress, creates charts to observe symptom prevalence and medication effects, exports information to your doctor and reminds you to take your medication.
Anxiety disorders are very common, and people who suffer from those can use SAM to educate themselves about anxiety. This app also offers a variety of self-help techniques to help users cope with anxiety. Users can also track their anxiety, make an anxiety tool kit, check levels of anxiety at specific moments, and share experiences with other users.

Guest Author’s Bio

Peter Minkoff is a lifestyle writer for HighStyleLife magazine living in Brisbane, Australia. He is dedicated to healthy living, exercising and spending time outdoors as much as possible. A firm believer in healthy diet, natural smoothies and energy healthy drinks for overall health benefits, Peter is powered by true motivation in all aspects of yoga and fitness-ing. He hopes to run his own yoga and fitness center someday. You can follow Peter on Twitter.

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