Mobile technology has evolved largely beyond recognition and there are literally thousands of apps on the market today that have been designed to help the average US citizen better manage their health and that of their family. Admittedly the vast majority aren’t worth bothering with even if they’re offered free of charge, but from time to time a real gem pops up that really could make all the difference.
So, the question was put to one Cleveland Clinic chief medical information officer David Levin at this week’s HealthBeat 2013 as to which of the bunch can be trusted, if any at all. Mercifully, he was adamant that there are plenty out there worth taking hold of and singled out a few notable examples making waves across the US right now.
Here’s an app that might not be all it could be in terms of making actual purchases, but it excellent for helping you make the right decisions. In the simplest terms, PokitDoc is an app that allows regular consumers to access products and services directly from healthcare providers without the involvement of any middlemen. There’s plenty of debate as to whether or not it’s a good idea to make such purchases, but at the same time there’s no better app for a truly transparent look at how much things cost directly from the source.
Along with a handy ratings feature which gathers feedback of service users, PokitDoc has the potential to allow patient to make better decisions and save money at the same time.
There are thousands of apps out there that are supposed to help you keep tabs on the intake of meds, but MangoHealth is arguably the best. Not only does it offer the usual reminders, but a wealth of vital information like potential side-effects and the kinds of food, drinks and supplements that can trigger dangerous reactions with certain medicines.
What’s more, it even offers users a reward for taking their meds on time!
The first app of its kind, Caremerge has been designed to enable communication between caregivers and other important individuals not on the premises. For example, the use of the app allows quick and easy communication with the family members of seniors, their doctors and so on – all of which adds up to vastly improved efficiency of care.
An important app at the opportune moment, the fact that people are living longer than ever before means more seniors to look out for with each passing year. This app makes full use of widespread and growing Smartphone adoption which in the right hands can be used to increase care standards to new highs.
Last up, Asthmapolis is actually a small sensor that’s attached to an inhalator and sends vital information to the corresponding Smartphone app. Over 25 million Us citizens are affected by asthma and this unique sensor has been designed to offer helpful advice and feedback to benefit the lives of all involved.