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Top 5 iPhone Apps for Self Help

Updated on July 18, 2012

The brave new world of apps

There is almost an iPhone app for every aspect in our lives. In a bar, people match themselves with potential partners they meet using an app. In stores, shoppers calculate the kilojoules in products and in this hub I will list 5 free apps you can use as self-diagnosis tools.

These apps are not meant as a substitute for professional medical help.


iTriage is an app created by two ER doctors (not the TV show) to assist patients make better informed health care decisions. Simply input your symptoms and the app narrows down the possible causes. This app is available for iOS and Android phones.


This is an app to establish your hearing accuracy and whether or not you need hearing aids. I’m just kidding about the hearing aid but hearing typically deteriorates with age so it is a good idea to constantly check your ear sensitivity.

Vision Free Test

This app runs five onscreen tests to assess your visual quality. It gives visual cues and then asks related questions. According to responses, it calculates vision percentage. It also provides information on HD TV and other related data, plus it will show you the nearest optician in your locality. Unfortunately, ‘Find a local optician’ option does not work in countries like Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).

ICE (In Case of Emergency)

ICE is a digital version of the ICE card that you carry around with medical details and contacts. This app can hold alerts on specific medical conditions, allergies and twelve (12) contact numbers in case of emergency. Unfortunately, the data will be password protected means people who need to use this app will not be able to get past without knowing the code.


This app reminds you of your prescription times and is like a smart clock. You set up a schedule for when each pill needs to be taken and alerts will pop up. It also doubles as a tracker for missed doses. This is a great app for people who are on a complicated medication regime.

One last word

While apps provide some comfort, this does not mean that it should substitute the opinion and professional medical advice from certified persons. However, I hope you can use these apps to the best of your advantage and live a healthy life.


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    Jacqui 5 years ago from New Zealand

    Good, short, concise review of very useful apps. You give the right amount of information for someone to consider these apps - including myself. Thanks!