No Health Apps? Sell Your Smartphone

We live in a smarter world now, as Smartphones simplify our lives beyond imagination. We now have access to a plethora of health apps that assist us in monitoring our heart rate, check blood sugar levels, track fitness and even connect you directly to your healthcare provider. Some believe that health apps can drastically reduce the cost of visiting doctors or nurses or alternative medicine professionals. But do health apps truly help you live better? Or are they just another bane of our fast-paced ‘smart’ lifestyle?

The Pros

The biggest benefit of apps lies in the fact that these help you track your health and fitness consistently, without costing a thing extra. From new and improved workouts to better diet plans created to suit your specific health and fitness goals, these apps work flawlessly to track your progress and keep you motivated to reach your goal.

Experts believe that for most people, adherence to the doctor’s instructions seems to be the biggest problem once they are out of their doctor’s office. This is where health apps step in — they aid you in managing diseases and improving fitness, both of which help drastically in reducing readmissions.

One of the biggest benefits is being in direct touch with your doctor on the go. Using the right app, your doctor can track your progress and advice you in case you need to make changes in your health or fitness routine, without any need to go see him/her personally. This saves time, money and effort, and hence makes good health a lot easier to achieve.

Some apps will also help you find the nearest doctor/clinic/hospital in case of an emergency, while others will connect you to all accessible healthcare professionals with just a click of a button. Book appointments, read reviews, schedule checkups and tests — health apps make all this a lot more streamlined and efficient.

The Cons

Nothing really great comes without a price. Believe it or not, stolen healthcare data pays even more than credit card information. Fraudulent companies and individuals use this data to purchase prescription drugs and to pester you with a mass of health ‘equipment’ they want to make you believe you need to better manage your health conditions. Access to this private medical data that everyone wants to guard and protect through Cloud technology makes you extremely vulnerable to fraudulent activities.

What’s worse, anyone can create an app these days. Most of these aren’t approved or built by a certified healthcare professional, so they do not come with any proven scientific backing. In the worst case scenario, a wrongly chosen app can make diagnosing your health problems all the much harder because of all the interference or incorrect data you provide to your physician.

The Final Verdict

Choose your health apps carefully. The best apps are those that help to create a good fitness and diet plan so you can at least stay healthier and fitter. But anything that promises to help you ‘diagnose’ your problems is best left alone. No app will replace your physician when you actually start to experience symptoms of an underlying disease.