With over 350,000 apps available for download, the iPhone can also function as a personal medical assistant by allowing users to keep track of their health records. Many of the apps allow the user to add photos, keep multiple profiles for different family members, and share the information with new physicians. Below are four apps available in the app store for tracking medical information.
My Medical allows users to store medications, surgery records, allergies, immunizations, and more. It also allows users to store the contact information for physicians, emergency contacts, and insurance providers. My Medical stores photos, syncs appointments with the iPhone calendar, and sends reminders when a prescription is going to run out or expire. My Medical also allows users to store other people's medical information as well, such as a spouse, parent, or child. This app costs $2.99 as of March 2011.
My Life Record
My Life Record allows users to keep an official copy of their exact medical records on their iPhone. My Life Record also stores pictures of X-Rays, echocardiograms, ultrasounds, and more. There is also a section dedicated to medications and lab results. My Life Record allows users to make permanent, tamper-proof entries on their health record. The app also allows users to share their records with new physicians, and specify an expiration date for how long the doctor can view the record. The app costs $49.99 in the iPhone app store, and though it is much more expensive than similar apps, the software does feature extensive functionality.
My Health, like My Medical and My Life Record, has different subsections for medications, chronic conditions, important contacts, and procedures. This information can be protected with a password to secure the records. My Health also allows the user to type general notes, as well as add pictures to different sections of the app. My Health costs $1.99.
Hermes allows users to create medical profiles for each member of their family, including pets. There are tabs dedicated to conditions, doctors, prescription and allergies. There is also the option to mark the severity of allergies. At the moment, there is no password protection to keep the information safe if the phone is lost or stolen. The app costs $1.99.
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