The federal health exchange website hasn’t worked nearly as well as hoped. Many people are frustrated with the rollout of the new healthcare law. They feel that the problems with the website are symptoms of larger problems with the law. Whether or not that is true, it is clear that affordable healthcare won’t be available anytime soon. More people are starting to realize that they will need to take responsibility for their own health for the foreseeable future.
Fortunately, the failings of the new healthcare site don’t indicate that technology can’t help you solve your healthcare problems. There are a number of great mobile apps that can help. Here are 7 that you may want to check out.
Mobile Apps for Better Health
You will want to find a number of great apps that can help you manage your health. These apps shouldn’t be used as a substitute for working with a trained professional, but they can help in many ways.
Epocrates is used by both doctors and patients to identify different medications and see how they interact with each other. The app has access to a number of different content sources such as the Cochrane Library. Approximately 50% of all physicians in the United States use this app to help them track medications for their patients. Patients also use it to find out how medications interact with each other before taking over the counter prescriptions.
Early Detection Plan
This app was designed by the National Breast Cancer Foundation. The app can help women perform exams on themselves. Of course, the self-exams won’t be a substitute for receiving a mammogram. Fortunately, the app can help you decide when to go to your gynecologist for a screening.
Daily Carb is an app created by Maxwell Software, which can be very helpful for patients suffering from diabetes. You can use this app to track your carbohydrates, monitor your glucose levels and blood pressure and plan your exercise regimen. This app was featured in a report on the best medical apps by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.
Ovulation Calendar Ladytimer Free
This is another app that was featured in the IMS report. It was developed by Vipos.com and can help women monitor ovulations and find out if they may be pregnant. This app helps women identify signs of pregnancy or menstruation problems early so that they can get the treatment they need.
iCouch CBT is a great app for helping people monitor their mental health. The app asks people a variety of tests to measure their cognitive functioning. The results can be forwarded to a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist to help with the diagnosis.
Calmkeeper is a great app for people suffering from anxiety problems. The app has a number of different games, breathing exercises and other simulations that can help people cope more easily.
Pill Monitor Free
Pill Monitor Free is another application from Maxwell Software. This is a great tool for people who have trouble keeping track of their medication. They can use Pill Monitor Free to get reminders to take their medication and document that they have actually taken them.
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