7 health apps you need to know about

While there may be some apps you can do without, we want you to know about seven apps that could benefit your health.
March 14, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
When it comes to your phone, do you suffer from "app overload?" While there may be some you can do without, we want you to know about seven apps that could benefit your health.

You text, you download, you play, but did you know the apps on your phone can improve your health?

Johnson and Johnson recently launched the free app Care4Today Mobile Health Manager to remind patients when to take their meds.

"Approximately 50 percent of patients who suffer from chronic illness don't take their medications as prescribed," Veronica Barajas, Technology Manager, Janssen Healthcare Innovation, told ABC30.

Users enter their daily drugs and doses and the app sends a reminder. Caregivers can also receive an alert if a dose is missed.

Another app, the American Heart Association's Pocket First Aid & CPR walks you through common first-aid scenarios like choking, burns and bites.

Symple Symptom Tracker lets people with chronic diseases record their symptoms and drug side effects.

AVVA, developed by doctors at Stanford, helps cancer patients keep track of their appointments, procedures and treatments.

The American Academy of Pediatrics' KidsDoc helps parents analyze their child's symptoms and decide when to seek emergency help.

If you're looking for fitness motivation, GymPact lets you make a deal with other users. If you live up to your goal, you make money. If you don't, you pay. Also, with Fooducate you scan items at the grocery store and it will tell you just how healthy they are.

Almost all of these are good for iPhones and Androids, but some are only good for iPhones.

The American Heart Association's Pocket First Aid & CPR and the American Academy of Pediatrics' KidsDoc costs $1.99, but all the rest are free.

For more information, contact:

Care4Today Mobile Health Manager
Customer Care Center
(800) 503-1049
www.mhm.care4today.com


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