Medical Apps Mobilizing Smartphone Users to Better Health
August 4, 2011 1 Comment
Mobile apps aren’t just for check-ins and increasing revenue streams, they’re also monitoring your blood pressure and even mapping out a detailed view of your skeletal system.
The app industry has catered to everyone from gamers and music lovers, to the avid traveler and everybody in between since the inception of the app store in 2008. Over the last few years we’ve seen some amazing applications use some incredible technology, and the medical industry is no different.
According to Research2Guidance 2010, 500 million smartphone users worldwide will be using a health care application by 2015.* According to those stats it should come as no surprise that nearly 72% of physicians have tossed their beloved beepers for a Smartphone. With the mobile health market expected to hit $9.6 billion by 2012 there’s no doubt we’ll continue to see an increase in mobility for physician and patient use.
Here are just a few examples of how the medical industry can utilize mobile technology to assist physicians in day-to-day tasks:
- Epocrates is a drug reference resource for thousands of prescriptions. Features include clinical information, BMI & GFR calculators, drug interaction checker, and many more. The initial download is free with the option of a premium service upgrade.
- Skyscape Medical Resources is a decision-support tool that includes drug information, medical calculators, and clinical information on more than 850 topics. The initial download is free with the option of a premium service upgrade and in-app purchases.
- Mobile MIM provides wireless and portable access to medical images for those using SPECT, PET, CT, and MRI systems. Mobile MIM allows you to store, share, and view images using MIM specialized workstation software. The app is free.
- iChart EMR is an electronic medical record system used to track and manage patients. Some of the features include the ability to write prescriptions, track labs and studies, and look up CPT4 and ICD9 codes. The app is $139.99.
- 3D4Medical.Com’s suite of apps utilizes 3D technology to showcase some incredible imagery of the human body. 3D4 Medical has over 15 apps on the iPhone and iPad giving in-depth views of the Musculoskeletal, Nervous, Digestive, and Cardiovascular systems. Apps range from free up to $6.99.
Medical apps aren’t just for aiding patients. You don’t need a doctor to check your symptoms if you aren’t feeling well, or even to track and monitor your diabetes. Mobile apps are keeping patients informed while leading them down the path to better health.
Here are a few examples of how medical apps impact the lives of the everyday mobile user:
- WebMD was released in 2008 and has been downloaded over 5 million times. Key features include symptom checker, drugs & treatments, pill identification tool, local health listings and many more. The app can be downloaded for free.
- What to Expect is a series of apps geared towards pregnancy and parenthood. From fertility to birth What to Expect lets you log, track, and get informed on your unborn child or new addition to the family. There are 4 apps in the series; baby, fertility, pregnancy, and baby name. All of the apps can be downloaded individually, for free.
- iTriage is a symptom checker, doctor finder, and medical reference tool. iTriage guides you throughout the entire process of pin-pointing the illness, finding a doctor, directing you to the location, and even showcasing the ER wait times for particular hospitals. The app can be downloaded for free.
- Blood Pressure Monitor – Family for iPad is a health tracking app that monitors and tracks blood pressure, weight, and heart beat rate. The app also utilizes iTunes file sharing to import your existing medical information into the app. Blood Pressure Monitor has a free version as well as a Pro version available for $1.99.
- Diabetes Buddy – Control Your Blood Sugar helps you manage your diabetes by tracking, monitoring, planning, and sharing your data with a health care professional. The food database houses over 200,000 food recommendations as well as a customized food feature, search, and recipe builder. There is a free and paid version for $4.99.
What are some of your favorite medical/health apps? Let us know in the comments field below.
Resources: FDA News Release, July 2011
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