WebMD for iPad Helps You Manage Your Healthcare

Total Score:  27.5

The WebMD that you have used for years is now available on your iPad.  I think this version is a little better than the internet one because of the touch features.  Searching symptoms, conditions, drugs and treatment, first aid and even the closest local health listings are as easy as opening up the app.

  Price Rating = 5     Free.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     Easy to move back and forth between options.

Readability Rating = 5     Nice big text for the main screens and a good size font as you drill down into specifics.

 Will You Use It Rating = 4     It is not something you will use every day, but it offers clear, concise information that will help you make medical decisions.

 Downsides Rating =  0     I have not found any yet.   I have one suggestion and that would be to allow you to choose the font size when you are reading medical articles.  They are in a normal size font, but some people might want to make the font larger for easy reading.

  Consumer Review Rating = 3.5     There are about 6,400 reviews for this app.  The latest version was rated even higher at four stars.   There were a few complaints that it should do more.   It would be reasonable to expect more functionality will be added as time goes on.  As it is, it is very helpful.

  Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     Any app that informs you and helps you form questions for your medical professional sounds valuable to me.

How does it work? 

  1. When you open the app, you have the option to see the symptom checker, conditions, drugs and treatments, first aid information or local health listings.
  2. You can set your profile with your age and sex (male or female) to get the appropriate image for the body.
  3. If you choose the symptom checker, you see an image of a human body.  You can either touch the part of the body with the problem or click on the list view at the top of the screen.  From that point you are asked questions (or choose options) to narrow down your symptoms.  Then, just like on the website, you can read an article about the condition and see links to related articles.
  4. If you choose conditions, you can either type in your condition or choose from a list.  Once you choose a condition you will see an article, and similar to the option above, additional articles to read.
  5. The Drugs and Treatments option works in a similar manner to conditions.  You click on a drug list (or type a drug name in) and are first directed to an article on the uses of the drug.  There are tabs on the right side to give you information on side effects, precautions, interactions, overdose and warnings.  Clicking through these tabs will give you a good idea of the impact this drug might have on you.
  6. The First Aid option provides you with a lot of information about conditions that can be taken care of with some simple steps.  Of course, serious issues require you go to the hospital, a doctor or call 911.  It works in the same way as the other options – you can search for something or choose a condition from the list.
  7. The local health listings (if GPS enabled) show where you are and where the closest physician, hospital or pharmacy is located.  I can see that being very handy when you are traveling.
  8. For each of the options, except local health care listings, you can open a link in safari to take you to the WebMD page, copy the link or email a friend.

Most people use their iPad while sitting on a couch or in bed.  Having this kind of information available without having to boot up a PC is clearly something that is helpful.  I was already a fan of the website and am now a fan of the app.

Devices:  This app is compatible with the iPad only. It requires iOS 3.2 or later.  WebMD, LLC. developed this app.

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