Eight apps for a healthy holiday

  • HealthLoop and HealthLoop+ MD by HealthLoop Inc.

    HealthLoop and HealthLoop+ MD by HealthLoop Inc.

    Certified by the International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), HealthLoop allows clinicians and patients to stay connected in between visits. An interactive mobile check in function allows patients to receive notifications, guidance, and clinical tasks to keep their health on track. Take note: HealthLoop requires a clinician prescription.

  • HealthLoop and HealthLoop+ MD by HealthLoop Inc.

    HealthLoop and HealthLoop+ MD by HealthLoop Inc.

    Free. <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthloop/id917486748?mt=8" target="_blank">HealthLoop</a> and <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/healthloop+-md/id948024816?mt=8" target="_blank">HealthLoop+ MD</a> are available for iPhone. Visit <a href="www.healthloop.com" target="_blank">healthloop.com</a>

  • Patient IO by Filament Labs

    Patient IO by Filament Labs

    Patient IO provides clinicians with another option to interact with patients after hours. Registered patients can access condition and treatment-specific reminders and educational content, and providers can receive patient health updates. One-tap technology enables patients to call or email their care team at the push of a button.

  • Patient IO by Filament Labs

    Patient IO by Filament Labs

    Free. Available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/patient-io/id825109942?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=co.filamentlabs.patientio" target="_blank">Andriod</a>. Visit <a href="https://patientio.com/" target="_blank">patientio.com</a>

  • My Medical by Hyrax Inc.

    My Medical by Hyrax Inc.

    My Medical takes medical record keeping into the 21st century, allowing patients to store their complete medical history in one easy-to-access location. This comprehensive record-keeping solution records existing conditions, emergency contacts, health insurance, and test results. Even better, My Medical lets users store multiple complete medical records, making it perfect for caregivers. For those concerned about security, app data are stored right on the user’s device, rendering remote servers unnecessary.

  • My Medical by Hyrax Inc.

    My Medical by Hyrax Inc.

    Free. Available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-medical/id347860026?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a>, <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.hyrax.mymedical" target="_blank">Andriod</a>, and Mac OS X. Normally $4.99, on sale for $1.99 through January 4, 2016. Visit <a href="http://mymedicalapp.com/" target="_blank">mymedicalapp.com</a>

  • BlueStar Diabetes by WellDoc, Inc.

    BlueStar Diabetes by WellDoc, Inc.

    Launched in 2013, BlueStar Diabetes is an FDA-approved app for patients managing their type 2 diabetes. By analyzing data input by the user, BlueStar creates a personalized self-management plan for each patient, compares data and trends to provide guidance, and delivers analytics to patients’ health care teams, ensuring patients and clinicians are on the same page. Take note: BlueStar requires a clinician prescription and access code.

  • BlueStar Diabetes by WellDoc, Inc.

    BlueStar Diabetes by WellDoc, Inc.

    Free. Available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/bluestar-diabetes/id700329056?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.welldoc.platform.android" target="_blank">Andriod</a>. Visit <a href="https://www.bluestardiabetes.com/" target="_blank">bluestardiabetes.com</a>

  • CDC Influenza (Flu) by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    CDC Influenza (Flu) by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers a wide range of apps for health care professionals and patients alike. One seasonally appropriate standout is CDC Influenza (Flu): created for clinicians. The CDC Influenza application provides up-to-date information on flu activity across the nation, vaccination recommendations, and diagnosis and treatment guidance from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

  • CDC Influenza (Flu) by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    CDC Influenza (Flu) by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    Free. Available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cdc-influenza-flu/id577782055?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=gov.cdc.topical.flu" target="_blank">Andriod</a>. Visit <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/flu/apps/cdc-influenza-hcp.html" target="_blank">CDC.gov/mobile/mobileapp</a>

  • Lose It! By FitNow

    Lose It! By FitNow

    According to the company’s website, more than 44 million pounds (and counting) have been shed by Lose It! users. Lose It! lets users set goals and track weight loss, exercise, nutrition, and blood pressure, among other total body health metrics. Encourage your patients to use the challenge platform and participate in head-to-head, team, and group-based health challenges and increase their commitment to getting – and staying – healthy.

  • Lose It! By FitNow

    Lose It! By FitNow

    Free. Available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lose-it!-weight-loss-program/id297368629?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a>, Apple Watch, and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.fitnow.loseit" target="_blank">Andriod</a>. Visit <a href="https://www.loseit.com/" target="_blank">loseit.com</a>

  • Charity Miles by Charity Miles and Strava Running and Cycling by Strava, Inc

    Charity Miles by Charity Miles and Strava Running and Cycling by Strava, Inc

    Inspire patients to get fit while giving with Charity Miles. This award-winning app lets users choose a charity and walk, run, or bike to earn money per mile – corporate sponsors donate 10¢ per mile for bikers and 25¢ per mile for walkers and runners. For competitive patients, consider recommending Strava Running and Cycling: using mobile GPS, Strava tracks and analyzes each run or bike ride, allowing users to track improvements over time. Premium users can access training plans and videos as an added benefit.

  • Charity Miles by Charity Miles

    Charity Miles by Charity Miles

    Charity Miles: Free. Available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/charity-miles/id505253234?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.charitymilescm.android" target="_blank">Andriod</a>. Visit <a href="http://www.charitymiles.org/" target="_blank">charitymiles.org</a>

  • Strava Running and Cycling by Strava, Inc

    Strava Running and Cycling by Strava, Inc

    Strava: Free, offers In-App purchases. Available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/strava-running-cycling-gps/id426826309?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a>, Apple Watch, and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.strava&hl=en" target="_blank">Andriod</a>. Visit <a href="https://www.strava.com/" target="_blank">strava.com</a>

  • Optimism by Optimism Apps

    Optimism by Optimism Apps

    The holidays can be mentally tough for even the most resilient among us. Mood-charting app Optimism helps users develop strategies to manage depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other mental health conditions. Patients can monitor mental health levels, as well as learn to identify triggers that result in a decline in user mental health. Detailed reports are available as an app and via email for patients to share with their health care team.

  • Optimism by Optimism Apps

    Optimism by Optimism Apps

    Free. Available for <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/optimism/id352262677?mt=8" target="_blank">iPhone</a>, Mac OS X, and web. Visit <a href="http://www.findingoptimism.com/" target="_blank">findingoptimism.com</a>

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With the holiday season in full swing, clinicians and patients alike face difficulties in staying healthy and happy. Commitments pile up, and time to exercise, eat well, and keep – or make – doctor’s appointments dwindles. One solution to this problem has been provided by smartphone technology, as the advent of mobile medical apps has made staying well much easier.


Click through our slideshow for a list of apps to help you and yours through the busy holiday season.


Compiled by Lauren Biscaldi


Please note, The Clinical Advisor does not have financial stake in or currently endorse any of these apps.

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