With the proliferation of mobile devices today, specialized programs called applications, or apps, have become commonplace in our daily lives. Some of our hospital leaders and physicians reveal the health and wellness apps they frequently use. Some apps are free to download, while others may require purchase.
John Sernulka, chief executive officer
Instant Heart Rate, available for iPhone and Android
Just place your finger over your smartphone’s camera and the Instant Heart Rate app detects the pulse in your fingertip, similar to how a pulse oximeter works. Heart rates can be stored through the app’s Timeline feature, which also provides health and wellness tips.
Evan Selsky, M.D., cardiologist, Carroll Health Group Cardiology
Map My Ride, available for iPhone and Android
Map My Ride is a GPS-based app used to create routes for bicycling or road biking. Users can select routes created by others or create their own; users also can determine the difficulty and length of the ride, whether it is five miles or 100 miles.
Leslie Simmons, R.N., F.A.C.H.E., president
MyFitnessPal, available for iPhone and Android
MyFitnessPal tracks all the essentials needed to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, including your calorie intake, your exercise and even the amount of water that you drink throughout the day.
Cynthia Roldan, M.D., director of the pediatric hospitalist program, Carroll Hospital Center
Healthy Children, available for iPhone and Android
Healthy Children is an app from the American Academy of Pediatrics that provides health and wellness information about children ages birth through teen. One valuable feature of the app allows users to enter symptoms then provides guidance on those conditions, including when to seek medical attention.
*While apps are helpful in providing general health information, they should not replace regular visits to your physician. If you have a health concern, please contact your health care provider.
Read the full article on apps for healthy living as well as articles on minimally invasive women’s surgery, heart attack care and more in the winter issue of A Healthy Dose magazine.