13 Apps You Need to Know About
In our fast-paced lives it can be tough to find time to research diet choices, meet with a personal trainer, and even maintain a normal sleep schedule. Luckily, technology is finding ways to help us with clever, easy-to-use apps for smartphones and tablets. Here are some of the most popular health apps that you should know about.
This app is designed for clinicians to monitor patients remotely, eliminating delays in clinical assessment and treatment. Using the app, they can check on patients' vitals, cardiac waveforms, medications, lab results, allergies etc. seconds after they're recorded. Price: Free – For clinicians only; Available for the iPhone and iPad.
MapMyRUN tracks your pace, live position on a map, distance traveled, calories burned, elevation, nutrition, and vital stats (with accessory purchase). Parent company MapMyFITNESS also makes a series of popular apps including MapMyWalk, MapMyRunTraining, and MapMyDogWalk. Price: Varies by version (free or $2.99); Available for iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android.
eCBT Mood aims to help people who are experiencing depression by using the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as intervention advice to help users address their problems. While the app isn’t a replacement for traditional treatment methods, such as psychotherapy or antidepressants, it is a starting point to help people identify their depressive thinking and begin to address it. Price: $0.99; Available for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Foodcuate uses a smart phone's camera to scan UPC barcodes while you are the grocery store, allowing you to see the health positives and negatives of an item, compare health reviews for similar products, and ultimately, help you select healthier alternatives. Price: Varies by version (free, $3.99, or $4.99); Available for iPhone and Android.
Sprout is designed to guide a woman through her pregnancy by offering helpful information and tools, including a weight tracker, kick counter, contraction timer, detailed images of fetal development, and even a personalized interactive baby. Additional app features include a to do list, hospital checklist, newborn essentials, and doctor visit planner. Price: Varies by version (free or $3.99); Available for iPhone and iPad.
Facebook recently announced that it is partnering with GE to launch HealthyShare, a fitness goal tracker for Facebook’s Timeline that will allow users to utilize their friends for motivation and support. The app is being launched to coincide with the 2012 London Olympics and will include diet and workout challenges, as well as workouts suggested by Olympic athletes. Available soon on Facebook.
Glucose Buddy allows diabetics to manually enter their glucose numbers, carb consumption, insulin dosages, and physical activities. Users can then view all their data online to help them to get a better perspective on their diet and more effectively manage their health. Price: Varies by version (free or $2.99); Available for iPhone.
MyFitnessPal is an app that aims to help you lose weight by having you set health goals, then follow up by logging your dietary intake and exercise regimen. The app then computes whether this pattern will allow you to reach your goals. Price: Free; Available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows.
iMuscle is a workout app designed to help you focus on what parts of your body you want to work on. You select the target area on a 3D model of the human body. Then you're given access to all the exercises associated with the development and rehabilitation of that particular area of your body. Price: $1.99; Available for iPhone and iPad.
This alarm clock app analyzes your sleep patterns and wakes you in the lightest sleep phase, which can help you feel more rested and relaxed. The user simply turns on the app and puts their phone in the bed with them. The app then uses motion sensors to determine the user's sleep cycle patterns and activates the alarm when he or she is in their lightest sleep phase. Price: $0.99; Available for iPhone.
iHealthTrax is designed to help track the health needs of everyone in the family. The app allows you to keep track of medical symptoms, pain levels, health history, multiple appointment calendars, physician information, allergies, medications, and vitals. The app can save time and confusion by organizing all of this information in a central location - one that's at your fingertips. Price: Varies by version (free or $4.99); Available for iPhone.
The Nike Training Club app provides users with the simulated experience of having a personal trainer, with over 85 custom-built workouts. The app also includes exclusive workouts from celebrities and professional athletes. The app gives you the opportunity you to optimize your workout by setting goals and giving you access to step-by-step instructions and video demonstrations. Price: Free; Available for iPhone.
Your next deep meditation may come courtesy of your smartphone. A new mobile app called 'Transcend' uses information from brain waves to guide its users through customized meditation. Users wear a headset (sold separately) that plugs into the smartphone and records the electrical activity of the brain along the forehead. Price: $4.99; Available for Android with an iPhone version expected soon.