mHealth is on the Rise!
Here on the product team at HealthCentral, we’re in continuous deep discussions about the growth and value of mobile health apps. Last year, we launched Mood 24/7, creating a new platform for patients to track their well-being in close communication with their physicians — and with data and technology guru Chris Hall now steering the ship, we’ll continue to evolve it based on user feedback so keeping check back for enhancements!
Yesterday, Gigaom published an article yesterday noting there’s currently a whopping 6,000+ health- and medicine-related apps in the Apple App Store. Medical students are starting to use iPads, while more and more consumers are tracking their habits on smartphones. Some users are even sharing their data with others as a motivational means to reach their goals — I’m talking to you anonymous Facebook friends who remind me of my inactivity each morning when my feed reports on how many miles you ran. Perhaps I should start tracking how many hours I’m sleeping in?
Do you regularly use a health app? If so, which one? Have you envisioned a dream app yet to be built? Below are my most used online health apps — let me know if you’ve used them or if you have better ones in mind:
- Lose it!: Food intake and exercise tracker. You can create a customized plan and the bonus is it’s free!
- Pocket Yoga: If you travel like I do and love yoga, this app is a must. There are three difficulty levels, a glossary of poses and awesome illustrations.
- Period Tracker: Yup, I went there. Track your cycle, symptoms, moods… you can even add your own notes.