7 Medical Apple Apps That Could Save Your Life

by Tera Tuten on December 6, 2011

Back in the day — like, in the 1990s — when people needed information fast and they weren’t sitting at a computer, they had to run to a computer, read a book, or make a phone call. Crazy, right?

Smartphones have changed everything. No matter where you are, if you have an iPhone, you have a whole array of tools at your disposal, from a compass to a calculator to a calorie counter to a cookbook.

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If you can do almost anything on your phone, shouldn’t saving your life be a top priority? Some apple apps can do just that, and some of them are even free. (Of course, apps can’t replace the diagnosis and treatment of a doctor, but they can still be extremely useful.) We’re here to highlight some of the best ones out there today.

ICE Standard

How it can save you: Gives first responders your medical information quickly
How much it costs: Free
What you can use it on: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
How many App Store stars: 4.5/5

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This app, The Emergency Standard Card iPhone Application, stores your medical information so that first responders can access it as soon as possible. It can store your medical contacts, insurance information, blood type, full name, address, and photo verification. Using a color-coded categorical system, first responders can quickly reference the severity of the patient’s potential health issues. Also, if you have a lock on your iPhone, you have the option of setting your medical details to be your lock screen.

PocketPharmacist

How it can save you: Explains drug side effects, warnings, and interactions
How much it costs: $1.99
What you can use it on: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
How many App Store stars: 5/5

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This app features more than 700 descriptions of different U.S. prescription drugs, including information about drug interactions that could cause dramatic harm. On top of offering a wealth of information, it also has a pillbox feature that keeps track of the medications you take and how many times you take them each day.

iTriage

How it can save you: Helps you figure out your symptoms and find where to get treated
How much it costs: Free
What you can use it on: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
How many App Store stars: 3.5/5

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This app, which was created by two ER doctors, helps you find out what can potentially be causing your symptoms and then helps you locate the closest treatment options. It even includes a map to the destination it deems best featuring turn-by-turn directions, and for some emergency rooms, it provides a pre-registration feature and/or emergency room wait times.

Pocket First Aid & CPR

How it can save you: Contains information about emergency situations
How much it costs: $3.99
What you can use it on: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
How many App Store stars: 3.5/5

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The American Heart Association created this app to include clear, detailed instructions on how to address numerous first aid situations, including seizures, choking, CPR, and more. Pictures, text, and videos help you learn how to respond to a variety of emergency scenarios, and the app allows you to store medical and insurance information for future, convenient access. (An alternative to this app is the Emergency First Aid & Treatment Guide, which is only $0.99 but was created by a different organization.)

RESCUE

How it can save you: Helps you contact aid in an emergency
How much it costs: $2.99
What you can use it on: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
How many App Store stars: 4/5

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If you’re ever in a dangerous or potentially threatening situation, this app will aid you in contacting help. It will send a text message or email to four of your contacts with your GPS location and an emergency message. It also includes a 60-second countdown before calling emergency services if you’re unable to do so yourself. If you travel into another country, this app will automatically update your emergency contact to the country-appropriate number.

WebMD

How it can save you: Provides a symptom checker and first aid information
How much it costs: Free
What you can use it on: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
How many App Store stars: 3.5/5

 

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Like its online counterpart, the WebMD app features a symptom checker. After selecting the part of your body that concerns you, select the symptoms you’ve been experiencing, and read about the potential causes. If you decide you need prompt medical treatment, the app will help you find the closest hospital, doctor, or pharmacy you need.

911

How it can save you: Allows you to call 911 in two clicks
How much it costs: Free
What you can use it on: iPhone
How many App Store stars: 4/5

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Instead of opening up your phone app, then clicking on the keypad, and then dialing 911 or an emergency number, you can open this app and then click on a 911 dial button or the number of two inputted contacts. Take an emergency number that could potentially take 12 clicks and turn it into two clicks.

Conclusion

With the amazing opportunities iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches offer, it’s important to take advantage of the applications that could potentially save your life or help out in an emergency situation. When you download an app, you’ll always have it as a reference, which just might be worth the few dollars (or no dollars!) you spend.

 

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Mike 12.13.11 at 8:39 pm

I downloaded this app, works great and give me great peace of mind. http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sendhelp!/id481447900?ls=1&mt=8

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Doctor Online 04.24.12 at 12:22 pm

I downloaded this free app, Ringadoc. and it helps me gain access to a physician over the phone when I’m freaking out about whatever condition or issue I am in.

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