Apps: Healthcare & Fitness
Apple recently announced a major shift in how they treat free apps and I have been mulling over what it means to developers, in addition to end users.
In the past, "In-App Purchases", or the ability to add features to an app, were only available for paid apps. Free apps could not be upgraded, short of purchasing the paid version separately. Now, users of these free apps can purchase upgrades.
On one hand, more choices are a good thing. But I have some concerns.
ICE (In Case of Emergency) lets you store all your pertinent medical and contact info on your iPhone and easily access it. The app also allows you to take a screen shot of an information summary and places it in your photo library. You can then e-mail it to a healthcare professional if necessary, or use the photo as the wallpaper on your iPhone. If, heaven forbid, someone found you unconsciousness and turned on your iPhone, they’d have your medical summary in front of them.
WeightWatchers Mobile App is everything a mobile app should be. I am currently on WeightWatchers and use the WeightWatcher’s e-tools. With this mobile app, I can now do everything I did on the Web site, on my iPhone.
When you first open the program (after you’ve registered your account), you will see a screen that shows your daily and weekly points remaining. From there, you can go to your favorites, recently added or featured recipes.
I get up at 5 a.m. for work, and typically do not return home until 6 p.m. That makes for a long day—one that leaves little time for exercise. So, I was pretty excited to try Workout of the Day, which helps you integrate a quick but intense workout into your daily schedule. The program uses 16 different exercises to create 365 unique daily workouts. None of these require weights or other expensive equipment. The workouts are around 10 minutes each, so they’re easy to fit into the day. Most involve multiple rounds of lunges, pull-ups, and other exercises. It is a great exercise solution if you’re pressed for time.
There are 75,000 apps in the app store and counting. And if you or someone in your family is expecting a blessed event — the arrival of a baby — Adrienne Carlson has identified 50 apps that are relevant, from fertility logs, due date calculators, and baby name databases, to health, prenatal care and delivery. Her article, titled 50 Useful iPhone Applications for Your Pregnancy, even has a selection of baby-related games.
I've long been into healthy living. And it's done well by me. So I was pleased to see iVeda recently released, since it's a handy app for helping you integrate into your life my favorite system of alternative healthcare: Ayurveda. What I like about Ayurveda is that it does away with the notion of "one size fits all." Instead, this system that originated in ancient India says that there are different body types and that the way to get healthy and stay healthy varies according to one's body type. Me, I'm a "vata" body type — underweight, uncomfortable in cold weather, light sleeper.
Outbreaks Near Me
With HealthMap's Outbreaks Near Me application, you have all of HealthMap's latest real-time disease outbreak information at your fingertips. Open the app and see all current outbreaks in your neighborhood, including news about H1N1 influenza ("swine flu"). Search and browse outbreak reports on the interactive map, and set up the app to alert you with a notice automatically whenever an outbreak is occurring in your area. If you spy an outbreak, be the first to report it using the app's unique outbreak reporting feature. You will get credit as a disease detective and your find will be featured on the website.
This is kinda neat. I did not try ‘TestRides‘ (by Wildlab) myself, but I like the idea. Basically, you take a picture of yourself, select key body points to provide an overall measurement set, and then calculate and display the best bike size for your body. Sweet! For people who do not do a lot of biking, having the wrong size bicycle is the difference between have a pleasant long ride and one wishing it would end. The app just came out, and looks a bit early in dev, but if you have never been fitted for a bike before, I think it's worth the $5 to find out. Who knows?
iTriage is a health care app for that helps patients learn about certain diseases, and where to get access to health care. The app contains over 300 symptoms, 1000 diseases and 350 medical procedures. For each disease the app will give a brief description of the disease. The app will also describewhat your doctor would likely order as far as labs, x-rays and other common diagnostic testing for a particular disease.
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I turn to the Lose It app to help me monitor my diet and track my workouts. All you have to do is enter the foods you’re eating and your physical activity and Lose It will tell you if you are within your daily caloric budget. Yet another great reason to use an iPhone!