Health apps are a part of the movement towards mobile health (mHealth) programs in health care. Made for smart devices such as mobiles and tablets, Health apps can be used to monitor health, track activity, or notify care providers, should a certain measure be exceeded/emergency health issue come into play.
Take a look at 5 examples of Health Apps that are transforming the face of care, fitness and wellness.
If you're trying to lose weight, walk more steps each day, or just stay active, fitness apps can help. Mobile apps are ideal assistants for health, fitness, and weight-loss because they are always with us, can be personalised, and are able to monitor basic signs like blood pressure.
2. Medication Adherence
Even simple apps like the Mango Health Appcan have a huge impact for the elderly, or anyone required to take their medication in a way that is time-sensitive. Simple reminders can help those that are vulnerable to remember their medication, or help carers to keep track.
3. Digital Mental Health Apps
Mental health apps have grown in popularity at a time when psychological services have faced an increased demand and decreased resources. These apps may simply provide meditation techniques, or allow sufferers to track their mental state or progress.
4. Instant Consultations
Apps like 'Push Doctor' allow patients to immediately receive an e-consultation for a small fee. These apps massively increase accessibility, particularly for patients who may be house-bound, bed-ridden, or physically unable to get to a GP.
5. Emergency Assistance Notifications
One of the lesser known —but potentially most important —features of Apple's newly released iOS 8 mobile operating system is a digital "Medical ID," which can provide important personal health related information in the event of an emergency.
In this case, iPhone users with a passcode-locked handset can consider enabling the "Show When Locked" function, providing first responders or anyone else with emergency access to their Medical ID. Enabling this feature allows the Medical ID to be viewed by swiping the lock screen, tapping "Emergency," and then viewing the digital information.