Top 10 essential healthcare apps to have on your phone

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Top 10 Healthcare apps
Top 10 essential healthcare apps to have on your phone.

When you buy a smartphone you are not just buying a device that can cater for keeping in contact with friends and family, but you are also opening yourself up to a world of possibilities when it comes to apps. With mobile phones evolving constantly, we now have access to the most powerful apps at the touch of a button.

While we use social media apps on the daily, it’s also important to keep your health in check. This can be done by using the following apps, which have been hand selected by IT News Africa, in order to assist with keeping your health in check on a daily basis.

1. CareZone
CareZone is an all-in-one app that assists an individual or household in managing medication. Some of the features include medication lists, the doses for those medications, and additional doctor instructions if needed. The app also includes a calendar that allows users to create schedules that will alert the user when it is time to take a specific medication. In addition to this, there is also the option to create a journal in order to log any incidents. The app also offers users the ability to store and manage the contact details of their doctor and pharmacy.

2. Medical Terminology Dictionary
The Medical Terminology Dictionary is a highly useful application that can assist you in learning about various medical terms. By using this application, you will find a variety of information on uncommon words and phrases used in the medical field. To make it more accessible to users, the app can also be used offline. In addition to this, users have unlimited bookmarks, which is especially helpful when looking for information quickly and efficiently. While the design may be a bit lacking, it is a powerful app for not only private users, but also medical students.

3. MySugr
The MySugr Diabetes Logbook is an app that helps you keep track of your diabetes. What makes this app so powerful is the fact that it not only tracks type one diabetes, but it also tracks type two diabetes. Some of the other features include logging details of meals, medication, blood glucose levels, insulin and more.

4. MedAfrica
MedAfrica was launched by Kenyan developers, Shimba Technologies. According to the developers, MedAfrica essentially acts as a clinic in your pocket. The app can be used to diagnose and monitor symptoms caused by diseases. Additionally, the app also provides the user with a directory of doctors and hospitals close by as well as provides information on potential treatment for diseases. To add to the features the app can also be used to identify counterfeit medication and a direct a user to the nearest doctor or hospital.

5. HealthTap
HealthTap gives users the opportunity to get instant free answers and help from more than 108,000 top doctors right from your phone or tablet. While some of the services are free, users can also pay for a virtual consult to video or text chat with a primary care doctor 24/7 or a doctor of your choice during their Virtual Office Hours.

6. Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock
Sleep is critical when it comes to health, which is why Sleep Cycle Alarm Clock ranks high on our list. Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm clock that tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you up in light sleep – the natural way to wake up, feeling rested and energised.

7. WebMD
WebMD helps you with your decision-making and health improvement efforts by providing mobile access 24/7 to mobile-optimised health information and decision-support tools including WebMD’s Symptom Checker, Drugs & Treatments, First Aid Information and Local Health Listings. The WebMD the App 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.

8. SleepBot
SleepBot is an intuitive smart alarm and sleep cycle tracker that lets you record movements and sounds throughout the night. It also offers users the ability to customise how they want to sleep and wake up each morning. To add to the list of features, it also gives users the ability to listen to soothing ambient soundtracks as they fall asleep.

9. Calm
Keeping stress levels and anxiety to a minimum is vital in order to live a healthy and happy life. Calm is a mindfulness meditation app that helps you release stress and reduce anxiety. This app has been designed to bring more clarity, joy, and peacefulness to your life through calming meditation routines.

10. Lumosity
Lumosity is a brain-training app that has been equipped with programs that have been designed by scientists and game designers. The exercise within the app range from improving your memory and attention to enhancing your cognitive skills. The app essentially turns neuropsychology into intriguing, puzzling challenges that exercise your mind. 85 Million brain trainers in 182 countries challenge their brains with Lumosity.

By Darryl Linington
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