Stay Healthy using Technology: Apps & websites that can help you track your health.
9 Ways to Stay Healthy, If you use Technology:
From smartphone apps to virtual doctors, technology has paved a gateway of numerous medical options.
Some time ago utilizing innovation to manage wellbeing issues implied Googling your side effects. Today, a large group of new innovative Technology tools have come up — including videoconferencing, electronic sickness checking, even virtual conclusion — is changing the way we utilize health services.
“New technologies allow more patient’s access to physicians and specialists, strengthen the doctor-patient relationship and allow you to obtain on-demand treatment. It breaks down barriers to care,”
Thomas Hale, M.D., executive medical director of Mercy Virtual points out. which helps health care organizations use technology to improve care.
Here are nine Tech options that may change your health for the better.
A: Health Care Apps:
Best for: Chronic conditions, medication management
How they work: Twenty percent of smartphone users rely on health care apps. And with thousands out there, you may have downloaded one or more to remind yourself to take medication, record vital signs such as blood sugar or blood pressure, or collect information on symptoms like mood changes. Preliminary research shows that certain apps, like those that track migraines or manage chronic pain conditions, can help ease symptoms.
1: Find my Medicine :
An App to find the equivalent name of your medicines in the foreign country you are visiting. Travel more relaxed and avoid health inconveniences.
Either if you are a frequent traveller or if you are going on holiday abroad for the first time, Find My Medicine is a fundamental App to put in your luggage! In a few clicks, it will enable you to find the names of your medicines in the Country you are traveling to. Travel illnesses and the little problems every traveller faces will no longer be an issue.
The App functions in a very simple and intuitive way: research your usual medicine easily by name, active principle, symptom or pharmacological category, and you will find the right equivalent in the country you are visiting. The current version covers 12 countries but it is constantly being updated in order to follow you in all of your journeys.
2: eKincare :
eKincare is applying technology and analytics to diagnose and manage chronic diseases early and effortlessly manage one’s medical info. Their partnerships with prominent healthcare providers like Vasan eye care, Apollo, Maxi vision, Vijaya etc. brings an intelligent & comprehensive approach to preventive medicine. eKincare lowered all the barriers for an individual to take a proactive approach for a healthy future.
Features of eKincare:
Zero charge: Free registration or hosting of users medical records.
Free digitization: Using eKincare smartphone app, take a picture and save it to your profile. They analyze and digitize the data from the records.
Save time, energy and money: Samples collected at home, results directly updated on eKincare and up to 70% discounts on health assessments.
User friendly platform: Color coded tests results, graphical history, clickable timelines and info around what and why about each test.
Family management: With eKincare, you can now manage not only your health, but also your family’s right from your own eKincare profile. You can create separate profiles for your spouse or partners, as well as each of your parents, and children. Imagine the convenience of keeping track of all your family’s medical history and staying informed about their next follow up all at one place.
Your family health record management is automated – eKincare links your records to each of your family health records giving everyone a complete family medical history. We love this app & uses it for our family & friends. Its developed by Aayuv Technologies a startup based in Hyderabad, looking for a strong entry into healthcare technology sector.
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3: DocsApp – Chat With Doctor Now:
DocsApp – Chat with a Doctor app is the best app to consult Doctor online. The doctors in the app are specialist MD Doctors. Download the DocsApp and ask a doctor any health question you are having and get the response from top doctors in India with in 30 minutes. Now Docs can be consulted from an app with in minutes! Doctor uses secure app to answer the health query.
DocsApp is a innovative venture by Bangalore based company.
Steps to get your health related doubts clarified:
1. Ask your Health question on app
2. Doctor will be allocated to you within 5 mins
3. Share your problem in detail, upload diagnostic health reports, affected areas photos for the Doctor in private chat
4. Get personalized Diet chart for Weight Management, medicines, prescriptions and answers about your health from doctor.
5. Get diagnostic Tests at your home!
6. Your samples will be collected from home and diagnostic reports will be delivered on the App!
B: Electronic medical portals:
Best for: Keeping track of your care
How they work: Log in to your provider’s medical portal online to view lab and test results, manage appointments, collect electronic medical records, refill prescriptions, even communicate with your physician. Not only are more doctors using these portals, but there is growing evidence that they actually help patients manage – particularly patients who are dealing with multiple conditions or who are undergoing rounds of treatments and tests.
In one study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice, cancer patients at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center logged into the electronic medical portal MyChart an average of 109 times over five years. Portals centralize communication in an easy-to-access way, explains Simon Craddock Lee, senior author of the study.
Examples: Patient Fusion (patientfusion.com), MyChart
C: At-home disease monitoring:
Best for: Chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, asthma & heart failure.
How it works:
“Patients don’t live in a doctor’s office. They must manage their care at home,”
Monica Peek, M.D associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago said. There are a couple of ways to do that.
One: with devices that hook up to your smartphone and allow you to measure your blood pressure, heart rate or blood-sugar levels at any time.
Two: through automated text message-based programs that send alerts to your phone reminding you to take medication, get 30 minutes of exercise or check your blood sugar.
Studies show both methods help patients control their disease better than trying to do it on their own. A 2014 study found a six-month diabetes coaching program helped lower patients’ glucose levels. 73% of patients reported being satisfied with the program, which saved $812 in health care costs per patient from fewer doctor and ER visits.Now isn’t that cool?
Examples: Self-monitoring devices such as Withings Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor and AliveCor Heart Monitor; education programs such as CareSmarts (mhealth-solutions.com)
D: Crowd sourcing:
Best for: Hard-to-diagnose cases, exploring treatment options
How it works: Medical “detective” sites rely on the notion that the group is smarter than the individual. When you’ve got a medical mystery, these sites can aggregate a bank of experts to ID rare conditions. Or they tap into a network of peers suffering from similar ailments who give advice on symptoms and what remedies work — and don’t. Some are free, while others urge you to offer a cash incentive if you need a case solved.
Examples: CrowdMed (crowdmed.com), PatientsLikeMe (patientslikeme.com)
Best for: Stroke diagnosis How it works: If someone suffers an ischemic stroke, in which a clot blocks blood flow to the brain, he or she may be eligible to receive a clot-busting drug such as tPA that restores blood flow, reducing the severity of the stroke and even reversing some of its effects. The catch: A patient first has to receive a diagnosis from a neurologist or other stroke expert, who may not be immediately available.
Every minute that a stroke continues without treatment, the patient can lose 1.9 million brain cells. Telestroke immediately connects patients in ERs with a neurologist who “sees” the patient via videocall and can access brain-imaging scans.
Example: Telestroke program (available in hospitals nationwide)
F: Fitness devices:
Best for: Tracking diet and exercise, injury rehabilitation
How they work: Wear these wristband devices and they count your steps, monitor sleep patterns and allow you to log your food intake and workouts. A newer use — They’re now integrated in post-injury rehab programs.
After a bike accident left him with a brain injury, Brett Bullington, 61, of Palo Alto, Calif., couldn’t walk or speak and was having trouble using his left hand. He set alerts on his Jawbone UP device to remind him to do physical therapy exercises, and began setting step goals. Now, after just two years of recovery, he walks 30 miles a week.
By having patients wear a device that measures their daily steps, “we can monitor their progress by watching their activity level and tweak care accordingly,” says George Fulk, associate professor in the physical therapy department at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.
Examples: FitBit Flex, Jawbone UP, Nike+ FuelBand
G: Virtual doctors:
Best for: On-demand appointments
How they work: You’ve got a rash and you can’t get an appointment with your regular doctor until next week, or you’re on vacation and you’ve got the flu. For times like these, an on-demand appointment can be a lifesaver. For a fee ($40 for a 15-minute appointment), you arrange for an e-visit with a doctor or nurse, often within minutes. Many are available 24/7. Some, like AppVisit, will connect you with your existing provider; others connect you with a board-certified doctor in another locale.
Examples: MDLIVE (mdlive.com), AppVisit (appmedicine.com), Doctor on Demand (doctorondemand.com)
Best for: Rural residents who need a specialty doctor
How it works: This is different from an on-demand doctor appointment, which is usually done from home. For this service, patients travel to a clinic, which then connects them through videoconferencing to a specialist anywhere in the state, explains Eric Brown, president and CEO of California Telehealth Network. That’s what makes it especially good for underserved populations: They can get treated in their own community and see specialists they may otherwise have to wait months to see, he says.
Examples: Find centers on the Health Resources and Service Administration website (hrsa.gov/ruralhealth/about/telehealth).