Review of free iPhone medical apps
Nowadays there’s an app for everything, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that the medical world has converged with the app world to create apps that are marketed specifically towards patients. I decided to try out some of the top-rated free iPhone apps to see if they’re as user friendly as they claim to be, and I’ve picked out three of my favorite.
For me, this app from the American Red Cross is a must-have. Not only is there a section that informs you about common first aid procedures, but there is also an emergency button that you can press that has videos, pictures, and step-by step tutorials to help you in a medically related crisis. The only negative that I could come up with is that it might be stressful to read directions while you’re trying to help someone. Fortunately, the app has a “911” button under each procedure that instantly calls for help in the case that you cannot assist the person in need of help.
This app is ideal for patients who want to window-shop for prescriptions before they settle on the first one that they find. There is section called “Compare Rx Price” that allows you to type in your prescription and search for the lowest price at local and online pharmacies. It also has weekly deals, discount cards, and a pill identifier section. My favorite part of the app is the reminder that pops up on your phone to let you know it’s time to take your medication.
I might not be pregnant, but this app was rated number four out of all of the iPhone’s free medical apps so I had to check it out. Its goal is to give expecting parents a complete guide during their pregnancy, from what to eat and not eat to a month-by-month pregnancy map that shows the expected growth of the fetus. However, there are limitations to what a user can do with the free app without upgrading to the paid version, which is $2.99. With the upgrade you get fun add-ons like the “kick counter,” which helps you keep track of movement starting around the 7th month of your pregnancy.
In the end, these apps are a good tool to use on the side, but nothing can beat the expertise of a doctor. Like the First Aid app says in its opening section, “The information presented through the application is not intended to replace the counsel of your physician.”