10 Apps to Help Monitor Your Health

Today’s mobile devices are designed to provide us with instant feedback on all the issues that we care about the most, so it’s no surprise that medical and health-related apps are some of the most popular downloads. Some apps help analyze symptoms, some apps help you get the best price on prescriptions, and some apps just encourage a healthier lifestyle.

While medical and health-related apps should never be relied on as a substitute for professional diagnosis or proper medical treatment, they can be useful tools in bridging the knowledge gap in an area that is vitally important for all of us. Here are some of our favorites:

  • WebMD

    webmdOne of the best-known health-related web sites – and certainly one of the most sophisticated apps – WebMD offers 24/7 mobile access to a vast amount of health information and decision-support tools. Features include a symptom checker, first aid essentials, drug and treatment descriptions, and local health provider listings. The app can be personalized to store your family’s information and offline access ensures constant availability.

    Platform:iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • iPharmacy

    ipharmacyYour one-stop shop for all things pharmaceutical, iPharmacy helps you identify pills, provides guidance on medication, makes sure you are getting the best price on your prescriptions and refills, and carries all the latest news on FDA recalls and alerts. Information can be exported or e-mailed to doctors and pharmacists, and the Best Price button even generates money-saving coupons!

    Platform:iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • Instant Heart Rate

    instantheartrateInstant Heart Rate uses your smartphone’s camera to detect the pulse in your fingertip and provide an instant read-out of your heart rate. You can store the data on your phone or you can sync with an online Azumio account to download data to other applications. The Pro version is ad-free and allows you to store more than 5 measurements. The iPhone version of the app can provide a graphical presentation of your heart rate.

    Platform:iOS, Android, Windows Phone
    Price: 0.99
  • Glucose Buddy

    glucosebuddyproThe perfect app to help you manage your diabetes, Glucose Buddy allows you to enter and track glucose numbers, carbohydrate consumption, insulin dosages, exercise, and all the other activities critical to stabilizing your condition. All the data is automatically synced with your online Glucose Buddy account, and notifications will remind you when it’s time to enter additional data.

    Platform:iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • Quit Smoking Pro

    rsz_quitsmokingproYour own personal quit-smoking coach to help you finally kick the habit forever! Quit Smoking Pro helps you set targets, tells you how much money you have saved, gives you important health facts, and provides a constant stream of motivational messages to keep you on track. You can even share your goals and achievements with family and friends via Facebook and Twitter!

    Platform:iOS
    Price: 0.99
  • ZocDoc

    zocdocHaving trouble getting a doctor’s appointment? ZocDoc helps you lock down an appointment in three easy steps: Just enter your zip code, choose from a list of doctors and their available times, and click to complete your booking. You can filter by specialty, location, date or insurance coverage, and a simple calendar system keeps track of your appointments. Works with dentists too!

    Platform:iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • HealthTap

    healthtapGet immediate answers to all your health questions from qualified doctors right there on your smartphone! HealthTap literally taps into a network of doctors, who provide trustworthy tips on symptoms, medical conditions, medication, and any other wellness topic. You can get a second opinion, or as many opinions as you want! You can store your own health information, and share scans and other documents with the doctors of your choice.

    Platform:iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • Stress Check Pro

    stresscheckSimilar to Instant Heart Rate, Stress Check Pro uses your phone’s built-in camera to measure your pulse and heart rate, allowing you to monitor and control stress. By tracking your stress levels in certain situations, you can start to manage stress and reduce stress levels over time. Stress Check Pro is also helpful to athletes monitoring recovery times after workouts. Historical data is presented in an easy-to-read graphical form.

    Platform:iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • Fooducate

    fooducateFooducate tracks your diet and calorie intake to promote weight-loss and a healthier lifestyle. Fooducate reads barcodes to give you an instant analysis of each item’s ingredients, and grades each item based on its nutritional value. Fooducate suggests healthy alternatives and creates shopping lists based on your food preferences and favorite stores.

    Platform:iOS, Android
    Price: Free
  • Lark Up

    larkupDesigned to work with the Lark wristband ($149), the Lark Up app is your own personal sleep coach. Lark Up monitors and analyzes your sleep patterns with a view to improving your sleep and maximizing your daytime energy. Lark Up shows you how your sleep compares to an average, healthy sleeper and helps you uncover the factors that are adversely affecting your rest.

    Platform:iOS, Android
    Price: Free

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