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Mobile apps to aid health and wellness

Developers are using mobile platforms to deliver an array of useful health-related apps, from calorie counters to diabetes tools and medicine directories
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By Jon Yeomans on
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Medscape app

Developers are using mobile platforms to deliver an array of useful health-related apps, from calorie watchers to diabetes tools and medicine directories.

As more and more healthcare professionals adopt tablet devices, e-health apps may become increasingly important in hospitals and clinics.

Here's a selection of some of the most imaginative — and unusual — apps in this area.

Medscape
Medscape is a veritable treasure-trove of medical information: it includes a directory of conditions, treatments, medical news, tables and protocols. There's also an extensive offline library.

The app also features a compendium of drugs and herbal remedies, plus a guide to continuing medical education.

Medscape is free for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android and BlackBerry devices.


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Wellnote app

Wellnote
The handy Wellnote app is the brainchild of Ara Darzi, professor of surgery at St Mary's Hospital, London, and chairman at Imperial College London's Institute for Global Health Innovation. The app helps you find local health services and rate them, manage your medication and medical history, and catch up on the latest health news.

The app's information is licensed directly from the NHS Choices database and refreshed daily; however, it currently only covers England.

Wellnote is available for free for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.


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Calorie Counter app

Calorie Counter
As you might expect, there is a plethora of diet-related apps on the market across all platforms. One of the most highly rated is Calorie Counter.

Calorie Counter taps into a database of some 750,000 food products to track what you eat and provide detailed nutritional information. It remembers frequently bought food items and a new barcode scanner — on the Android version — lets you calculate the nutritional value of food as you shop. Another useful feature is the ability to enter a recipe and calculate its nutritional value.

Calorie Counter is available for free on the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices.


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Runkeeper Pro app

Runkeeper Pro
Fitness apps are another burgeoning sector of the e-health market. Runkeeper Pro uses GPS to track you as you exercise, calculating the distance covered, calories burned and your route.

An additional feature is the use of audio cues as you run, giving you time or distance-based updates on your progress — useful for letting you know how close — or far away — you are from your target.

Runkeeper Pro is available for free on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone 7.


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iHealth BP3 Blood Pressure Monitor app

iHealth BP3 Blood Pressure Monitor
We noted the explosion in personal health apps at CES 2011. One that caught our eye was the iHealth BP3 Blood Pressure Monitor, an iOS dock device that includes an automatic blood pressure sensor.

The hardware costs $99.95 (£61.50) and connects with the iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad. As the cuff attachment automatically inflates and deflates, software on the iPhone takes your blood pressure. If that sounds a little stressful, rest assured that, as an added bonus, the dock will recharge your phone for you.


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OnTrack diabetes app

OnTrack
OnTrack is a diabetes monitoring app that tracks blood glucose levels, food, medication, blood pressure (BP), pulse, exercise and weight.

Data entered into the app can be presented in the form of graphs and tables that can be shared with your doctor, or exported in standard file formats such as CSV, HTML and XML.

OnTrack is available for free on Android.


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NHS Near app

NHS Near/NHS Local
NHS Near is a free Android app that lets you locate NHS resources such as GPs and dentists in your area. As with the Wellnote app, the data is sourced from the NHS Choice database.

An NHS-branded alternative for the iPhone is the free NHS Local, which rounds up local services in England and serves up health news stories.

In a sign that health authorities are waking up to the potential of mobile apps, NHS Coventry was the first local NHS body to release an iPhone app in December 2010, with the launch of its local health services app.


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BNF 60 app

BNF
Like Medscape, the BNF app is particularly useful to medical professionals. BNF (British National Formulary) is a medical compendium published by the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. It provides up-to-date guidance on drugs, dosages, side effects and preparations.

The mobile app is currently only available for iOS devices and is updated twice yearly. BNF 60 (September 2010) is the version now on sale; BNF 61 will be released in May.

The app costs £26.49 — saving about £5 on the print version.


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Dragon Medical Search app

Dragon Medical Search
Dragon Medical Search is a voice-recognition iPhone app that lets medical professionals search for online content using just their voice. Doctors speak their search queries into the app and receive up-to-date information.

The app's maker, Nuance Communications, specialises in voice-recognition apps such as Dragon Dictate.

The app is available for free via the US App Store for a limited time only.


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Singapore rheumatoid arthritis app

Rheumatoid Arthritis app
Singapore General Hospital has pioneered an app (PDF) for managing rheumatoid arthritis. While not strictly a mobile app, it can be accessed via a mobile phone (above), and demonstrates an interesting approach authorities are taking for managing patient care.

The app works like a journal for patients to record their condition. Data, which remains confidential, can be shared with doctors at the patient's next appointment.


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