Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch aren't just for entertainment and productivity. Healthcare pros can use them to improve treatment for their patients, and individuals can use them to get healthy and stay healthy.
The App Store has an entire category devoted to Healthcare & Fitness, with myriad entries. We've highlighted apps to help healthcare pros with diagnosis and treatment, and to help individuals with diet, exercise, weight loss, diabetes, and other health issues.
We'll also look at a couple of general-purpose productivity apps that can be very useful in healthcare regimens, and take a quick peek at how the apps that come free with the iPhone and Touch can help individuals take better care of themselves.
Epocrates Epocrates Inc. Cost: Free
Epocrates lets healthcare pros access information on thousands of drugs, including doses, adverse reactions, formularies, pricing, and images of pills. It can check drug interactions for up to 30 drugs at a time. Epocrates also includes a number of medical calculators. For instance the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator uses a ratio of weight-to-height used to gauge obesity, and the Glomerular Filtration Rate (GFR) calculator measures stages of kidney disease.
Healthcare pros can upgrade to a premium version on the Web, providing access to in-depth, peer-reviewed clinical content on diseases, an infectious disease treatment guide, references on lab tests, and information on herbal and over-the-counter remedies.
AllOne Mobile AllOne Mobile Corp. Cost: Free
AllOne Mobile is a service for healthcare providers and insurance companies. It's designed to allow those companies to give their individual members access to their own health records. The iPhone app allows users to access this information remotely, and coordinate those records with healthcare providers and health plans. Users can make corrections on their own records, and also share records with new doctors. Users can also use the app to confirm insurance coverage, list people to contact in an emergency, fax information to a doctor's office or any other fax number from their mobile phone, and more.
Users can download a general
version of the app. AllOne also has private-label versions available in partnership with Microsoft
HealthVault, BlueCross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and the U.S. Army.