10 free healthcare apps you should own (iPhone and Android)

Posted on April 10, 2014


These selection of apps were put together based on their potential to help patients start, track and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Some others factors that were considered include user friendliness, ratings, accessibility, format, functionality, and relevance to the readers of this website.

: Gives you 24/7 access to health information and decision-support tools and helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimized health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. it also gives you access to first aid information without having to be connected wirelessly – critical if you don’t have Internet access in the time of need.

Dosecast: Dosecast helps you remember to take your medications, vitamins, or birth control pills on time with or without an internet connection. Dosecast also tracks the time zone you’re in when travelling and adjusts reminders accordingly, so you get notified correctly no matter where you are. If you miss the first reminder, Dosecast can nag you every few minutes until you respond.

Glucose buddy: Ranked #1 Diabetes iPhone Application, Glucose Buddy is a data storage utility for people with diabetes. Users can log their Blood Glucose, Carbs (Food), Medication (Insulin Dosages), Activities, A1C, Blood Pressure, and Weight. It also reminds you to test your blood sugar (there are reminders that are associated with events so you’ll never forget to test).

Period Calendar/ Tracker: Period Calendar is an easy application for women to track their ovulation, birth control schedule, cervical mucus, fertility and cycle so you can know which days you have a higher chance of getting pregnant. You can also record symptoms, moods, intercourse, weight, temperature etc. If necessary, you can even send your period and cycle tracker data to your doctor.

ShopWell – Healthy Diet & Grocery Food Scanner: ShopWell helps you eat healthier food and achieve your nutrition goals. Use ShopWell to help manage your weight and conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and Celiac disease. Easily avoid gluten, lactose, or other common food allergens. Use the ShopWell barcode scanner at home or in the grocery store to scan foods and find out if they are a good match for your diet. The app will suggest foods that are a better fit for your health.

Fooducate – Healthy Food Diet & Nutrition Scanner: Simply scan the product barcode or search by category, and Fooducate will automatically bring up a nutrition grade—A, B, C, or D. It tells you what’s really in your food, and also shows you healthier alternatives. With more than 200,000 products in its database, Fooducate covers just about everything on your supermarket’s shelves. It even includes private labels such as Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s.

iTriage – Health, Doctor, Symptoms and Healthcare search: Do you have symptom questions? Search for health answers with iTriage Health, Doctor, Symptom & Healthcare Search app. Find medications, diseases, and medical locations and instantly get answers to your questions on your device. iTriage helps you answer the questions: “How is my medical health?” and “Where should I go for treatment?” Save, easily access, and share the healthcare information that’s most important to you.

Calorie Counter & Diet Tracker by MyFitnessPal: Lose weight with MyFitnessPal, the fastest and easiest-to-use calorie counter. With the largest food database of any iPhone calorie counter (over 3,000,000 foods), and amazingly fast food and exercise entry to help you take those extra pounds off.

CareSync: CareSync is your family health record. It collects, organizes, stores, and selectively shares your healthcare information, even when you’re on the go. It provides convenient access to your healthcare data and allows you to view tasks and medical information for everyone in your family. Plus you can track medications, allergies, health conditions, and more right at the palm of your hand.

OnTrack Diabetes: This helpful app not only tracks your blood sugar, but also your food intake, medication, blood pressure, pulse, activity, and weight. You can customize categories like medicine and exercise type, and export your data in several formats, including CSV, HTML, and XML.

What good and helpful apps do YOU use? Feel free to share with other in the comments 🙂

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