Mobile health management is an emerging field in medical treatment that uses technology to improve health outcomes. Among the many new technologies are smartphone apps. According to a 2015 Pew Research Center poll, 68 percent of Americans own a smartphone, and we’re turning to smartphone apps to monitor our fitness. For example:
- S Health monitors steps and water intake and even your heart rate; just hold your finger to your phone’s sensor.
- The Moves app tracks your activity calories and provides an “automatic diary of your life.” Are you most active in the morning? Consider taking a walk in the afternoon.
Other apps have been developed to help manage chronic diseases and other issues:
- BlueStar is one of several mobile applications that can help diabetics manage type 2 diabetes and track medications, exercise, and food intake in one easy application. Users enter their glucose levels, which the application monitors, and then receive personalized coaching from the app. It can even offers decision support to the prescribing physician.
- Cozi manages family activities, including doctor’s appointments. As we age, the number of doctor’s appointments we must manage for ourselves and our spouses can become overwhelming. Cozi juggles them for you.
They’re easy to install and intuitive to use. Plus, medical and fitness apps offer their benefits with few downsides.