The Top 7 Apps for Telehealth Professionals, Students and Patients
You use them to keep in touch while you’re out and about, but mobile devices are quickly becoming the go-to technology for telehealth
professionals, students and patients. They allow you to access
important health information instantly, from virtually anywhere in the
Here are 7 of the best telehealth apps:
FaceTime for iPhone 4
Unlike its predecessor, the iPhone 4’s camera placement makes face-to-face video chat a reality, which results in a more personal and accurate assessment. To set up remote conferencing, all you have to do is find your doctor or patient in your Contacts and tap the FaceTime button. No special accounts or screen names needed!
This isn’t technically an app (it’s an SMS service) but it’s worth a mention. Text4baby is a free service that provides new and expectant mothers with free weekly text messages. They contain tips and advice on pregnancy and baby health care and are timed to due dates and dates of birth.
When a patient is ill, their preoccupation with health can cause them to miss appointments, confuse dosages or forget to take their medicine altogether. iReminder uses reverse texting to focus on improving medication adherence and disease management, especially in teens, whose main form of communication is texting. This type texting program shows how telehealth can be used to seamlessly fit medical adherence into patients’ lives.
Mobile MIM is an FDA-approved, free diagnostic imaging app that allows medical professionals to easily view images and consult with peers at any time, from any place. It reduces image distribution delays, makes for more pleasant physician-patient interactions and, in a teaching situation, allows students to take a hands-on approach.
Ther-Ad for Autism
Ther-ad for Autism uses video self-modeling to help Autistic children simultaneously increase good behaviour and decrease undesirable behaviour. Children watch motivational movies that are paused at pre-set intervals. During these breaks, they watch short clips of themselves engaging in positive behaviour. Then, the motivating video resumes. The app is $14.99 and each person will need to provide their own self-motivating content.
In Africa, mobile phones are frequently used as a means of health communication. The family planning sector, which receives almost no attention, is serviced by the Mobile for Reproductive Health (m4RH) project. It’s an automated, text-based system that gives anyone with a mobile phone access to family planning.
Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology
Designed for the iPad, Ganong’s Review of Medical Physiology features interactive illustrations, videos and integrated assessment. The best part is that you can purchase individual chapters, so if you don’t necessarily have to pay $64.99 for the entire textbook. The electronic textbook is made possible by Inkling, makers of the interactive iPad textbook platform.