No one can deny that technology has made our lives infinitely easier. Whether you’d like to order food, watch your favorite show, pay your bills, or find your way home – there’s an app for that. When it comes to your health, it’s no different. There are apps to record and analyze workouts, track what you’re eating, and remind you to take your medications.
As we move into 2016, here are some of our favorite apps for our patients and ourselves.
Without fail, the flu is upon us again. This app, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), monitors flu trends around the country. This provides users with on-demand access to state health department websites for local flu surveillance information.
Health and Fitness Apps
The start of a new year also brings new resolutions, and goals to strive for throughout the year. Many patients have had success with the MyFitnessPal app, which tracks exercise and calories to help with weight loss, and syncs with products such as FitBit®. Other similar apps include Argus and Lose It!. Take your fitness a step further with MapMyFitness, which also provides fitness plans and training challenges, and shares new and fun routes to exercise on.
Heart Healthy Apps
February will be here before we know it, and among other things that means Heart Health Awareness Month. Get a jump start on it with this app – the ASCVD Risk Estimator. Developed by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) in collaboration with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, this app estimates ASCVD (atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease) risk. If you’d like to monitor your pulse and heart rate at home, check out Instant Heart Rate. It’s a good idea to speak with your doctor either before you try these apps or about your results, so together you can discuss what the results may mean for you.
Medisafe Medication Reminder, Prescription and Pill Organizer
To aid with healthcare at home, this app provides reminders to take medications, and allows patients and caregivers to monitor if an individual is taking their medication.
And of course, don’t forget about MyHealth! This app allows you to access your electronic medical records from Atrius Health on the go through your Apple or Android device.
What are some of your favorite apps for keeping you and your family’s health on track?