5 Mobile Apps To Manage Your Health and Wellness in 2020
Health and wellness is a much more holistic, encompassing field in 2020 than it was in the past. “Health” is no longer solely medicine, surgery, and other procedures done in reaction to physical ailments. We now understand health to exist in a proactive dimension as well – including diet, fitness, sleep, mental health, and more. And with a global pandemic underway, we are also looking at health in a collective sense, where one individual’s responsible behavior can contribute to the health of the entire society. With health such a complex and interconnected tapestry, there’s ample space on the market for mobile apps to help us manage our health. Here are our top 5 to keep an eye out for in 2020!
Founded in 2010, HealthTap is a medical app whose goal is to streamline digital healthcare by providing all your information in one platform. It uses artificial intelligence through its backend, Dr. AI, to assess users’ symptoms and triage them according to symptoms and urgency. It then directs them to further resources and plans of action. These in-app resources include:
- medical library of over 800 topics
- network of 140,000 doctors across 170 countries
- real-time chatbot via Facebook Messenger
As of 2018, HealthTap had resolved more than 7 billion health queries for its patients.
Not only does HealthTap encompass multiple consumer apps, but it also licenses apps to health systems and insurance companies. It also connects patients to doctors via a text or video chat service. With patient data stored and easily accessible, it makes managing long-term or multiple health situations much more efficient. And by automatizing a lot of the administrative back-and-forth involved in medical procedures, HealthTap enables healthcare providers to offer high-quality services for low costs.
Lark also combines AI with a wide network of health devices and medical professionals. However, it takes a more niche approach than HealthTap, by focusing on chronic conditions. These include diabetes, hypertension, as well as more behavioral issues, such as stress management and quitting smoking. It also focuses on pre-diabetes and prevention of chronic conditions by guiding patients toward healthier diet and lifestyle choices.
Lark has shown early signs of success, following their pilot program for managing patients’ diabetes in partnership with HealthPartners, based in Minnesota. Lark’s use of AI and state-of-the-art monitors for blood sugar levels have helped patients to manage their conditions and access qualified professionals if issues regarding medication or a blood sugar emergency arise. According to HIT Consultant:
“A study of Lark’s Diabetes Management Program this year found that members achieved a significant reduction in A1c levels of 1.1 points after just four months [which] resulted in a 43 percent lower rate of diabetes-related complications according to a study in the Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy.”
A mindfulness app that has made great strides in gameifying meditation, Headspace helps bridge the gap between mental wellness and physical health. Its co-founder, Andy Puddicombe, is the real deal. He used to be a Buddhist monk, and he got his degree in Circus Arts, so he should know a thing or two about mindfulness and living in the moment.
Headspace offers free trials for new practitioners of meditation. The app offers a 10-day basics program to train you into the practice. After that, Headspace offers you different paths to customize your meditation practice to best fit your lifestyle. This includes:
- Amount of time you want to dedicate to meditation
- Meditation for different life stages, such as being a student, pregnancy, coping with loss or grief, finding your focus, and more
- Different techniques to focus on: Body Scan, Resting Awareness, Visualization, etc.
With a fun aesthetic and a structure tailored to the modern lifestyle, Headspace has been making waves with its next-gen meditation and mindfulness.
Pocket Yoga bridges the gap between mindfulness and fitness mobile apps, addressing health health in a truly holistic sense. It offers functions that track heart rate and calories burned, as well as access to a community of yoga practitioners. PocketYoga also comes with an in-app library of different yoga poses it teaches users. Poses are easy to navigate in terms of difficulty level, and also what part of the body they stretch.
The app itself guides users step-by-step through mobile yoga classes. By providing clear diagrams on how to do the poses, as well as soothing background music and directions on when to inhale and exhale, it make yoga accessible even to absolute beginners. What’s more, the app does not require an internet connection to work. So you can practice your Warrior Pose or Downward-Facing Dog even in the remotest of environments. It’s the next best thing to having a yoga studio in your pocket!
In our fast-paced modern lifestyle, it can be hard to find ten minutes to spare to exercise. That’s how the concept of 7-Minute Workout was born, and seven minutes can really add up. While there are various 7-minute workouts you can find around the internet, the Johnson & Johnson Official 7-Minute Workout offers a workout that’s based on science. Its routine was developed by Chris Jordan, Johnson & Johnson’s director of exercise physiology, and it offers a diverse regimen of 72 exercises with 1,000 different variations to keep you sweating.
7-Minute Workout is available for download on the Apple Watch. It offers multiple intensity levels based on how hardcore of a workout you want. What’s more, the Smart Workout function monitors your fitness level and performance. It tracks your progress and can offer you recommendations for increased intensity levels or different exercises to balance yourself out. Workouts are also adaptable to your preferred type of motivation. Would you rather exercise to a countdown clock, music, or the voice of a fitness trainer? The mobile app offers each of these, with health trackers such as numbers of cycles or intensity level to boost competition with your friends.
With each of these mobile apps addressing a different facet of health, they can be used in tandem to complement each other. Personal data collected by health apps can be extremely sensitive, especially those of a biological or medical nature.
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