Technology is changing the way we manage our health. From tracking our prescription to keeping up to date with our children medical records, more and more healthcare apps are being created to assist us with specific health needs. Today’s tips are sponsored by UnitedHealthcare of California, all opinions are my own.
“With smartphones now in the hands of nearly two-thirds of U.S. consumers, the number of people turning to mobile devices to manage their lives is soaring, according to a new study from the Pew Research Center. The most commonly searched subject: health care. More than 60 percent of smartphone owners have used their device in the past year to look up information about a health condition.
Mom now have access to mobile apps that can update them on their health benefits and even comparison shop for medical services. Providing health care prices to the public, health care professionals and other stakeholders could reduce U.S. health care spending by more than $100 billion during the next decade, according to a 2014 report.”
Moms now have access to mobile resources that can track appointments, manage prescriptions, check claims or pay medical bills. Here are a few healthcare apps that can put your smartphone to work for better health:
Health4Me: In Los Angeles the cost for a knee MRI can range between $214 and $2,304, while back surgery can cost between $18,939 and $127,168. Apps such as Health4Me is a health care navigation app that help you make more informed decisions about your health, and help save time and money. The free app, is available iPhone and Android devices, enables you to locate nearby health care providers, and convenience care, urgent care and emergency care facilities, as well as review market average prices for more than 755 medical services.
ScriptHub: Nearly half of all Americans take prescription drugs. In fact, five out of six people older than 65 take at least one medication, and almost half of them take three or more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ScriptHub enables you to enter their medicines for themselves, or for their family members, and find a nearby pharmacy. The medicine-reminder feature can set when (e.g., at noon), how (e.g., with food), and how often (e.g., daily) to take medications.
One is Baby Blocks: is a mobile program that helps pregnant women and new parents with prenatal, post-partum and well-baby care. Employers in California and nationwide can make Baby Blocks available to help women improve the odds of a healthy delivery and avoid costly complications. Some maternity-related apps can track ovulation cycles or provide users with email appointment alerts and wellness-related text messages, while offering rewards for keeping appointments, including incentives such as gift cards to retail outlets and maternity-related items such as teething rings, diaper bags and thermometers.
In this new era of consumer-focused health care, transparency and education can help people be more engaged in their health. Take a few minutes to check out these apps, or log in to your health plan’s website and learn more about the tools that can help you make the best health care decisions for you and your family.