Mobile apps have revolutionized the way we go about our daily routines. From social media apps that enable us to engage with our friends and acquaintances (regardless of distance) to apps that allow us to monitor our health and well-being. However, many people remain unaware of just how helpful apps can be in the field of healthcare. This article will dive into some amazing apps currently in the Apple App Store that seek to improve and transform how we take care of ourselves and others.
1. Be My Eyes (iOS, Android)
What it is: Be My Eyes provides clarity to those with visual impairments by connecting them with people that can see and help with basic tasks such as telling them when something expires. They will show you what they need help with and you will be able to verbally tell them. The language spoken can also be customized so there’s the opportunity to help a vast variety of people even if English isn’t your maternal language.
How it Works: You download the app and get requests for help from someone who is blind or visually impaired and then you are able to see, via video, what they need help with and they will be able to hear you via your phone microphone. If you cannot help with a request, then it just gets forwarded to another available volunteer so there’s no pressure to be constantly on the app.
2. RehabWorks (iOS, Android)
What it is: RehabWorks aids in completion of prescribed physical therapy exercises with accompanying video tutorials that show you how to complete the exercise. Your physiotherapist will be able to continuously note your progress and communicate with you.
How it works: You receive an access code from your health-care provider and they set up which video exercises you need to complete and your progress is tracked within the app.
What it is: cContact is a viable option that could possibly be offered to you by your healthcare provider as an alternative to a physical visit to see a doctor. The app enables patients to conveniently receive care via video chat.
How it works: Ask your health-care provider if they utilize this app. If they do, the process is as simple as downloading the app. The app will link you to your health-care provider as well as any friends or relatives.
4. Smiling Mind(iOS, Android)
What it is: Mental health is, of course, just as important as physical well-being. Smiling Mind provides you and your loved ones with free guided meditation. It allows you to track how you’ve been feeling mentally over a period of time and can be customized for different ages and by how much you want to use it.
How it works: You can choose your meditation length, check-in daily with your current mood, and track your progress through the app. If you choose to you can create sub-accounts for other family members within the same app.
5. Medisafe (iOS, Android)
What it is: Ever forget to take a medication? MediSafe reminds you to take your medication and even checks for interactions that may exist between medications. It even allows you to put on family notifications so others can help make sure you take medication when necessary. This app also includes a feature that tracks your measurements such as blood glucose weight, pulse, blood temperature and blood pressure. There’s also a useful coupon feature for those in the US.
How it works: This app can be customized to remind you to take your medication in various different voices like Darth Vader, Dr. Evil, Austin Powers, or even Elsa. As an added convenience, the app also adjusts to different time zones if someone is traveling. The progress can be easily shared with your health-care provider.