Your health is incredibly important but staying healthy isn’t always easy. It can be hard to find a doctor you really like or remember to take your medicine every day. Use these five apps to help take care of yourself. Set up pill reminders, search for a doctor near you or quickly look up medical terms. Download one of the apps and take your health into your own hands. Remember that if you have an emergency or severe medical condition head straight to the hospital. These apps are meant to work alongside instructions from your doctor and shouldn’t be used in place of professionals.
Epocrates is a great app for a doctor or patient. Look up information about any drug by searching for it by name or malady. Sift through all of the nausea medication to find one that will work for how you’re feeling. Before you take anything, add it to your list of the medications you’re already taking to see if you’re going to experience any bad interactions. When it comes time to visit a doctor, search through the Provider Directory to find a physician near you. Here you’ll find contact information and in some cases set up an appointment. If you find a pill in your house, use Pill ID to figure out what it is and what it is used for.
- See if your medications are going to interact with each other
- Find a doctor near you
- Identify pills
- Takes a long time to load
- Uses a lot of space on your phone
- Have to log in to use
Find more information about the medication you bought at the drug store by searching for it by name or how it looks, with this free app. Get information about dosage, interactions with other drugs and side effects. Save the pills you use often and revisit them if anything changes. If you’re going into surgery, search by procedure to see exactly what the surgeon will be doing. Use Medscape as a good reference if you forget the exact brand of allergy medicine you like. When things get serious, use the Directory to search through doctors in your area.
- Look at photos of medication
- Search for procedure
- Find your nearest doctor
- Takes a long time to install
- Uses a lot of room on your device
- Need to create an account to use
Use Zocdoc to find any kind of doctor near you. Fill in what kind of doctor you need, the reason for your visit, date and which insurance you have. The app will supply you with all the closest doctors who are available the day you wrote in. From here you can read a profile on the doctor and book an appointment right from the app. You can read reviews or add your own and set Wellness Reminders so you never miss a visit. Use the Well Guide to make sure you are getting the check-ups you should be every year.
- Find doctors that take your insurance
- Read reviews from other patients
- Book appointments instantly
- Need to make a profile to use
- Sometimes appointment reservations don’t go through
- Can’t search by doctor name
Use Omnio to look through different medications, symptoms or keep on on the latest medical news. If you’re feeling sick and want to look up what could be ailing you, plug in your symptoms and the app will provide options of what you might have. If you know what’s bothering you but don’t know what to buy at the drug store to take care of it, browse by pill name or ID it using what it looks like. Make sure you don’t make yourself more sick by seeing how the medications you’re taking will interact. Also with the app you have access to the Omnio blog that brings up breaking medical news and research.
- Access to medical blog
- Search for maladies by symptom
- Identify drug by look
- Takes a long time to download
- Need a profile to use
It can be hard to remember to take your medication every day that’s where Medisafe comes in. Add in the pill you need to take, which time and the dosage. The app will notify you every day at the specified time. If you are especially bad at remembering, even with the app, you can ask Medisafe to notify a parent, spouse or friend if you don’t take it. This insures you won’t be miss a dose. The app is easy to use and incredibly helpful. The app is available for Apple Watch so you can see the notification and illustration of the pill then indicate whether you’ve taken it or not.
- Look at a breakdown of what medication you need to take during the day
- Get daily health tips from Medisafe
- Set up notifications for yourself and a friend
- Notify a friend feature sometimes doesn’t work
- Difficult to remove meds
- Notifications don’t appear if you’re talking on the phone