Nowadays there is an app for everything! But when it comes to Medical Apps, it can be hard to know which ones are reliable and which you will actually use. In this week’s blog, The Medical Station gives you the inside scoop on health-related apps you may want to consider downloading on your smartphone or tablet.
Red Cross First Aid
A common concern among people is not knowing what to do in the face of a disaster. The Canadian Red Cross knows that not everyone can be a medic but their First Aid App gives easy to follow instructions on what to do if you find yourself in a sticky situations. It includes a video which explains how to perform CPR and is connected to 911 so you can call using the app at any time. You can use the app to learn on your own time and be prepared or it can be used during a crisis. While we hope you never have to use this app, it is a good one to consider downloading for peace of mind.
Period and Ovulation Tracking
If you are a woman, it is very likely you have panicked looking at a calendar trying to figure out when your next period will be, at least once. Thanks to period tracking apps such as Clue and Period Tracker, you can take the guess-work out of when mother nature’s gift will arrive. While these apps are not perfect, the more you use them, the better they will get at estimating the beginning of your next period. Some even allow you to record how heavy your flow is as well as symptoms such as bloating and irritability. There are also specific apps for people looking to get pregnant, which use your information to estimate when you are fertile such as Fertility Friend and Glow.
Blood Pressure and Glucose Tracking
Has your physician ever asked you to keep track of your blood pressure or blood glucose? If so you probably know this means carrying around a crumpled sheet of paper or writing it down on a million different sticky notes. Now apps such as Blood Pressure Monitor and Glucose Companion allow you to keep this information easily accessible on your phone. It also means a lower risk of forgetting your sheet of paper at home when you go see the doctor because the information will be right in your pocket.
When it comes to juggling multiple medications or even just remembering to take one at a specific time, it can be difficult to remember to take them. Care Zone is an app that makes it easy to keep all the information about your medications, including the dosage and instructions on how to take them, in one place. You can also use it to set reminders so you can be sure to take it on time. Round Health is a similar app but allows you to assign flexible windows when you can be reminded to take your medication. There are also some apps that are designed specifically to remind you about birth control pills such as MyPill.
Bonus: Include your Medical Info on your iPhone
In one of the latest iOS updates, apple added a new feature that just might save your life. In the Medical ID section of your health app, you can add important information such as your blood type, allergies, list of medications, medical history and even an emergency contact number. This can be accessed on a locked phone by pressing Emergency and then Medical ID at the bottom of the lock screen. Paramedics are now being taught to check this for unconscious or unidentified ambulatory patients so they can administer the best treatment possible. Be sure to add this information to your phone and tell your family and friends about it as well.
While you can’t always trust your devices to give you accurate Medical advice, there is definitely a place for apps in keeping track of your health. The Medical Station encourages you to check out these apps and let us know if you use any great Medical Apps we didn’t mention.
This article was written by Hailey Adler, one of our Summer Administrative Interns. Hailey received a BSc. from the University of Guelph and is attending Queen’s University for a Masters of Anatomical Sciences. She is passionate about all things medical related as well as nutrition and cancer research.