The healthcare industry is being transformed by mobile technology innovations and these changes are re-defining the relationship between healthcare professionals and their patients. Patients typically want answers to their healthcare questions faster and want greater control over their healthcare needs. As a result, an influx of new healthcare apps are entering the market to enable patients and healthcare professionals to communicate in a more efficient manner. This article looks into 10 healthcare apps that are changing the face of healthcare as we know it.
Flu Near You / HealthMap: Outbreaks Near Me
These apps use crowdsourcing and Google News to track outbreaks of the flu and other diseases/viruses. Users can share their stories about outbreaks in their area and offer real-time information.
Doctor On Demand
Doctors on Demand allows you to visit with a board-certified physician or psychologist from anywhere for a similar fee to actually going into the doctor’s office. Doctors can diagnose and treat most medical conditions and have the ability to write prescriptions for patients.
Bluestar is an app for patients with type 2 diabetes and can only be prescribed by a healthcare provider. The app is designed to offer personalized, real-time guidance to patients, taking into account their treatment plan and blood glucose readings.
For those people who still prefer to see a doctor, this app is ideal. Pager send doctors to the homes of its users on demand from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. everyday. It is currently in beta in New York and San Francisco and has recently introduced a Nurse Chat feature to include a screening step before the doctor arrives at the front door.
ZocDoc is revolutionizing booking an appointment with your favourite doctor. Gone are the days of waiting to get through on the phone. ZocDoc is an app that lets you find your doctor, read reviews, book appointments and more.
This healthcare app gives users a chance to see how well a community has graded certain doctors in their area based on specialty and more. It facilitates the sharing culture we have online by allowing patients to offer recommendations, share great doctors with friends and rate doctors on the app.
Symple is an app designed to help users track symptoms they are noticing such as headaches or other surprising aches and pains. User can track up to 10 symptoms at once, take four photos a day and record how they feel. Once patients have gathered enough information, they can export the information and pass it to their doctor for review.
This app offers reliable information for free about certain medications. Users can personalize their own drug list within the app to keep track of what medication they are taking and identify stray, unknown tablets by entering information about their shape and/or colour. A spin off from the website, this app is using data collected from the website, making it a huge success.
As a parent it is easy to need to cry for help when your child is taken sick. This app aims to help parents deal with the smaller concerns, such as a bee sting, as calmly as possible. The advice in this app comes from pediatricians and nurses in 10,000 practices across the USA and Canada.
Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to a healthy body, yet sometimes you can wake up from a nice 8 hour night feeling drowsy. It is likely that you have woken yourself up when you are mid-deep sleep which can cause you to feel more tired, despite how long you have been asleep. This alarm clock monitors your sleep patterns and wakes you up when you are at your lightest sleep phase. It comes with a handy graph and sleeps stats each morning so you can track your sleep patterns and make notes in your Symple tracker if there are any causes for concern.
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