My Medical App – A Critical Tool for Maintaining Your Health

Total Score:  29


You could organize all of your health care information in one easy-to-use app, or you could fall back on the tried and true health care memory-testing marathon.  Here’s the usual scenario.  You sit down in the doctor’s office to fill out multiple forms.  With all the things on your mind, including the reason you are in the doctor’s office, you need to remember the dosage of every prescription you currently take, what other doctor’s you have seen recently and the health history of your father who died 26 years ago.  That’s just the first hurdle.  Then you go in to see the doctor and start facing some of the same questions, plus new ones.  Plus, you want to share with the doctor some questions of your own, but you can’t remember what you wanted to ask.   Which scenario sounds good to you?  Planning ahead and organizing all of your key data into one app or running the medical records marathon?  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for this change and My Medical and My Medical for iPad fit the bill.

Price Rating = 5     The cost is $1.99.  For the quality of this product and its comprehensive nature, I think it is worth every penny.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     I takes a little time to organize all of the information, but it is organized in small sections that are easy to fill out.

 Readability Rating = 5     The iPad’s full screen gives you good readability and the iPhone/iPod version has clear screens and good size fonts.

 Will You Use It Rating = 5     You will use this every time you go to the doctor and it is a good way to remind you of upcoming appointments.

Downsides Rating =  0     I haven’t really found one yet.

Consumer Review Rating = 4     There are over 300 reviews of this is a relatively new app.  Based on my review I would have given it 5 stars.

Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Providing accurate information to your doctor can help you maintain better health.  This app also provides peace of mind because you don’t have to recall all of this information on command.

How does it work? 

It is pretty much like filing out any form.  You click on each category – General Information, Emergency Contacts, Medications, Tests & Procedures, Allergies, Immunizations, Surgical Procedures, Diagnoses, Episodes & Injuries, Hospitalizations, Physicians, Office Visits, Family History or Health Insurance.  Each category is comprehensive and you can fill out as much as you want.  Filing it out on the iPad is easy and not that much more complicated on the iPhone or iTouch.  You can also fill it all out online and email it to yourself to be uploaded to the app.

  1. Adding emergency contacts or doctor’s information is as easy as grabbing the info from your contacts list – assuming you have it in your contact list.
  2. Once you have all of your own information into the app, you can add other members of your family.  Then you fill in all the information you wish on them as well.  I can see this would have been handy when my children were little and I needed to keep track of all of their immunizations.  It could also be a valuable tool if you are a caregiver for your parents.
  3. Once you have several rounds of tests into the app, you can click on the graph button and graph your progress.
  4. You can take a picture of your medical tests, receipts or other related information and store them as jpegs in the documents and photos section.  You can also attach results or receipts to specific tests.  Click on the edit button and then look for the “+ Add a document or photo.” From that point you can take a picture, choose a document from your medical documents or your iPad photo album.  Occasionally my insurance company asks me for receipts.  Using this feature, I could easily pull up the receipt and send it to the insurance company.  You could take pictures of your pill bottles or prescription receipts.  The list goes on and on.  Another reason to want this app!
  5. If you have more than one device on a WiFi network, you can click on the settings button on both devices and choose which way you want to transfer the information.  This allows you to keep the same information on multiple devices and increases the chances that you will have the information you need when you need it.
  6. You can enter your blood pressure daily and then chart it and send the data to your physician.   It doesn’t get much easier than this.
  7. You can password protect the app.  I would recommend either doing this or having password protection on your iPhone/iPad/iTouch.  A lot of information on these devices is now sensitive.

This app is fully functional and can store a lot of information.    Could it be improved?  Sure.  It is comprehensive, but there is always something.  It would be handy to have calendar reminders for re-ordering prescriptions.  Having said this, this product meets 99% of my needs.  I am very happy to have found this app.

I don’t know about you, but I have been in the situation where I was sitting in the emergency room needing to know vital information about someone and not being able to remember it because of the stress of the situation.  I truly wish I had this app then.

Devices:  There is one app for the iPad and another for the iPhone and iPad Touch.  Both require iOS 4.3 or later.  App developed by Steven Chaitoff.

 

 

 

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