Mention mobile applications and the first few things that would come to mind would be games, social media or entertainment. While most mobile applications are designed to amuse, health apps are increasingly popular as people begin to appreciate having health info at their fingertips.
Here are Urban Health’s top picks:
This dual language application, an initiative by the Ministry of Health, provides information on Malaysia’s healthcare system from health facilities, list of registered practitioners to registered medical products. There are also health risk assessments and frequently asked questions on particular health problem. You can even ask a question by tapping on ‘Ask the Expert’. There’s also the m-Dengue application which updates you on the current hotspots and affected areas nationwide.
2. TAP & TRACK LITE
If you’re aiming to lose a size or two this year, this mobile application is perfect for you! Just key in your necessary details and this application will help to calculate the amount of calories you should consume in a day to fulfill your goal. A meter indicates your progress by increasing when you ‘Add Food’ or decreasing when you ‘Add Exercise’. Losing weight requires will power. This application will help in the tracking when you feel like indulging in a slice of cheesecake instead of a fruit platter during your diet routine.
3. SIME DARBY HEALTHCARE
This user-friendly application helps to book doctor appointments. New patients will be provided doctors’ profiles, specialties and procedures performed to help in choosing a specialist. For further enquires, a phone icon at the doctor’s profile enables you to call directly through the application.
4. SLEEP CYCLE
Price: USD 0.99
Waking up to the sound of an annoying buzzing alarm when you are in deep sleep can make you feel like you had a broken sleep. Sleep Cycle is an intelligent alarm clock that wakes you up in your lightest sleep phase, making you feel rested and refreshed when you wake up. Just place the phone on your bed and this alarm clock monitors your movement when you sleep. Sleep Cycle then finds the optimal time to wake you up during a 30 minute window that ends at your set alarm time. This mobile application also provides you a graph of your sleep quality throughout the night.
5. GLUCOSE BUDDY
With a five-star rating, this application is ideal for diabetics or even non-diabetics who want to keep track of their blood glucose levels. Glucose Buddy allows you to add a log of your blood glucose level at any time of the day. The results form a graph which will indicate high, low and average reading with different colours for easy reference. A forum is also available for you to interact, ask questions and share your stories with other Glucose Buddy users around the world.
6. MONTHLY CYCLES
This cute app has cute indicators to track a woman’s reproductive cycle, from when your period starts to when you are having fun with your partner. It also allows you to note symptoms in hormonal changes such as acne, headaches or sore breasts to help gauge your next cycle as well as to know when you are ovulating. This password-enabled application can be very helpful if you are planning to start a family. It also has a pregnancy mode which can be turned on when you are expecting a baby.