With nearly half a million healthcare apps available today, it’s
easier than ever for patients to stay engaged in their health after they
leave their physician’s office. Keeping track of symptoms, diet,
and exercise used to require a detailed calendar and journal. Now it just
takes a few clicks. But, how do you know where to start? Here are a few
apps I often recommend to my patients:
MyFitnessPal. Tracking what and how much you eat each day can be a wake-up call for
a lot of people. While there are lots of calorie and nutrient trackers
out there, MyFitnessPal is the gold standard when it comes to simplicity
and ease of use.
For exercise, I like
Nike Run Club for runners and
Nike Training Club for routines that can be done at home or on the road.
GoodRX is an app that allows you to search local pharmacies for the lowest cost
on your prescriptions. I use it regularly for prescriptions with high
For women, period trackers are a good way to keep track of your cycle and
know what’s normal for you. I like
P Tracker and
Clue for their customizability.
When it comes to new parents, I recommend
Baby Tracker. It allows parents to keep track of their baby’s sleep schedule,
feeding schedule, milestones and more. It’s great for sharing info
with a spouse, grandparent or babysitter too.
Finally, there’s patient education. There are a lot of resources
out there, but I tend to stick to the established brands.
WebMD and the
Mayo Clinic both have good apps filled with credible health information.
Brad Gaspard, MD
Baton Rouge Family Medical Center
Phone: (225) 763-4950